Holiday Season Adaptations

Coronavirus Update – November 16, 2020

November 23rd, 2020

On November 16, the state adopted new restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19. Brucemore staff have continued to follow the available data and changes from a local to an international level on a regular basis to ensure we are making the right decisions for our community and our organization. The safety of every person at Brucemore is extremely important to us.

Staff immediately evaluated the programming that we had scheduled for the holiday season. Here is what you can expect if visiting this year is right for you.

Holiday tour options, including A Brucemore Christmas, A Children’s Christmas, and Holiday Nights:

  • Masks are required at all times for ages 2+ inside the mansion and outdoors when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.
  • One staff member will check-in the group by the name of the purchaser—tickets do not need to be exchanged—and provide a brief introduction before the group begins exploring.
  • All tours are self-guided to allow the group to explore on their own and minimize contact between people outside your party. A tour booklet and signs throughout the rooms will include information on the spaces and artifacts.
  • Capacity is extremely limited with timed entry for only one group of up to 6 people every 20 minutes. This will allow ample room for physical distancing between groups.
  • Activities included as part of “A Children’s Christmas” are optional and designed to be self-directed.
  • Tickets for all programs must be purchased in advance online or over the phone to minimize contact with our staff. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

Art at Brucemore: Glass Tree Workshop:

  • Masks are required at all times in the Visitor Center and outdoors when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
  • One staff member will check-in the group by the name of the purchaser—tickets do not need to be exchanged.
  • Tickets purchased together under the same name will be seated at a table that is physically distanced by at least 6 feet from other tables.
  • Each table will have its own dedicated supply of materials for the workshop.
  • Capacity for each timed session is extremely limited with less than 15 participants seated in two separate rooms.

If visiting in person is not right for you at this time,


Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend advance reservations for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade and older due to the concepts and historic collection.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There is not a designated area indoors or outdoors to eat; however, you are welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Please let group members or chaperones know where they can meet the group.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission is to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels and tours via QR codes are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.

Are weapons allowed at Brucemore?

We prohibit weapons on the property and at programs to ensure the safety and security of all employees and people visiting Brucemore.