Special Tours

Experience Brucemore through a series of guided tours

Guided Mansion Tours

Craft an experience to suit your interests by choosing tours that range from a comprehensive overview to topical tours about arts and culture, midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, and preservation.

The special themed tours tours are scheduled at various times throughout the year.

View our calendar of events for the upcoming specialty tour schedule.

Standard Mansion Tour

Our standard tour examines over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who owned the 21-room Queen Anne-style mansion.

For three generations, the estate was home to social and economic leaders of the community, as well as the servants that made their lifestyles possible. As Cedar Rapids evolved, so too did life in the mansion, reflected in the art, furnishings, technology, architecture, surrounding landscape, and stories preserved at Brucemore.

The mansion tour is a glimpse into the past and an irreplaceable tool for understanding modern Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa.

Nooks and Crannies

Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the mansion.

Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architecture and oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work.

The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

Hired Help: Working on a Country Estate

Join a guide during a tour exploring the lives of Brucemore's domestic servants in the early twentieth century.

Consider what it was like to live and work on one of Iowa's grandest estates while discovering the servants' living quarters and the Servants' Village, an area only open to the public during this tour.

Documents, photographs, and other materials from Brucemore's collections enrich visitors' understanding of the relationships between the employers and their staff.

Seasonal Garden and Landscape Tour

Discover current landscape issues, the role of public use, and the seasonal chores required to preserve the historic grounds amongst the subtle and spectacular seasonal dressings of the 26-acre landscape.

See how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. Seek advice from Brucemore gardeners and ask questions on topics ranging from particular plantings to landscape designs.

Music in the Mansion Tours

Tour four floors of the 1880s mansion decked out for the holidays while listening to live music on the recently restored 1929 Skinner Player Pipe Organ. Music in the Mansion Tours are offered on Thursday evenings and Sunday* afternoons. Visit our calendar of events for upcoming dates.

Holiday Mansion Tour

Enjoy the seasonal splendor of glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other holiday cheer throughout the mansion.

Join us Sundays and Thursday evenings for our special Music in the Mansion tours which feature live music from the 1929 Skinner pipe organ.

This tour is offered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve; check our calendar for holiday hours.