Group and Elementary Tours
Schedule a tour for groups or classes of 16 or more
To best accommodate visitors, we require that groups of 16 or more make a reservation at least three weeks in advance. If you have less than 16 people, you do not need a reservation.
Our standard elementary school tour is recommended for grades K- 4. The 90-minute school tour includes indoor and outdoor portions. It is led by an experienced guide who will help students engage with the history of the estate and connect with broader social studies themes.
- May be scheduled during regular tour hours.
- Will be scheduled off the top of the hour (i.e. 1:15 pm, 1:30 pm).
- Must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
- Groups tours are not offered during the holiday tour season.
Before Your Visit: Please confirm your reservation with Brucemore.
Arrival: Please check in at the Visitor Center a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Groups arriving late may be subject to a shortened tour or program.
Parking for Cars: Parking is available around the Visitor Center and near the mansion.
Parking for Buses: Buses must enter and exit on Dows Lane and unload in the Visitor Center parking lot. Buses are to park behind the Visitor Center. Groups are expected to walk the short distance from the Visitor Center to the mansion.
Cancellations: Please call 319-362-7375 immediately if you need to cancel a group tour. Cancelations should be made at least one week in advance except in cases of emergency.
Special Needs: Please let Brucemore know at the time of scheduling least if you will need assistance for anyone in your group. The tour involves stairs and walking; Brucemore has a lift to the first floor and a video of the second and third floors for people with limited mobility.
Dining Opportunities: Brucemore does not operate a food or beverage concession. Visitors are encouraged to visit Go Cedar Rapids for recommendations. Food and beverages are not allowed inside the mansion.
Picnics: Picnic tables are not available; however, groups are welcome to bring blankets for picnicking on the lawn. Please let Brucemore know if you plan to bring a picnic so that trash cans can be made available.
Personal Items: Items such as backpacks, large bags, and electronics are not allowed in the mansion. Clipboards, paper, and pencils are acceptable.
Camera Equipment: Photography is permitted in the Visitor Center and on the grounds for non-commercial and non-professional purposes. Photography is not allowed in the mansion. Learn more about Brucemore's photography policy.
Educators: Please visit the School Tour page for further field trip information.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.