Brucemore, a historic site and cultural center in Cedar Rapids, has released its plans for re-opening after being closed since mid-March. There will be new opportunities to experience the 26-acre site and more than a century of history starting this month. The new programs build on the organization’s demonstrated experience of innovating with a renewed focus on safety and comfort.
“We are eager to welcome visitors back to Brucemore after being closed due to the pandemic since mid-March,” said Tara Richards, Director of Community Engagement. “For nearly 40 years we have been a destination with summertime activities on a weekly basis. Our staff has been working to reimagine how we can share the site during this time. The sprawling gardens and grounds provide us a unique opportunity to invite people to gather in a public setting with friends and family.”
For the first time, guests will have the chance to schedule their own private, personalized tour outdoors on the 26-acre estate. In addition, several events are being planned for the months ahead. On Saturday, July 25, Art in the Garden returns as Brucemore partners with iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio for an outdoor ceramics workshop. In August, talented area musicians will perform familiar and comforting music in Brucemore’s courtyard. Each program will have limited capacity and require advance ticketing to allow staff to plan appropriately. Each program will incorporate spatial distancing and have a custom mitigation strategy to ensure the safety of all participants, audience members, and staff. Learn more about these programs, Brucemore’s coronavirus response, and more at www.brucemore.org.
Brucemore has been dedicated to celebrating the history and vibrant artistry of Iowa with local, regional, and national audiences. The site’s story offers a lens to the past and a reminder of the people, the events, and the drive that shaped the Cedar Rapids community. The independent non-profit preserves seven historic structures, 26-acres of landscape, and thousands of artifacts. As the only National Trust Historic Site in Iowa, Brucemore has served more than 1 million people through innovative programming since its founding as an organization in 1981. Brucemore annually welcomes visitors from all 99 counties in Iowa, nearly all 50 states, and over 20 countries. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.