Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, has been recognized as one of the top 10 “Best Holiday Historic Home Tours” across the country in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. This recognition follows Brucemore having been one of 20 historic houses selected by the 10Best local experts. The public was invited to vote online throughout the month of November. The complete top 10 list can be found online.
“Being recognized as one of the top historic holiday home tours is an incredible honor,” said Director of Community Engagement Tara Richards. “We were competing against other magnificent sites across the country. We are extremely grateful to be part of a community that supports and participates in our mission.”
Annually, Brucemore provides the opportunity for visitors to celebrate the season beginning the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve through special seasonal programming. This year, visitors can enjoy the seasonal splendor of all four floors of the 1880s mansion, including 13 glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other holiday cheer. Special artifacts from Brucemore’s collection are on display to help bring the story of Christmas in the early 1900s to life.
Holiday Mansion Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tour at 3:20 p.m. Admission is $12 per adult and $5 per student (ages 6 – 18). Each tour is limited to 16 people. Music in the Mansion Holiday Tours feature live music on the newly restored 1929 Skinner Player Pipe Organ. This special season opportunity will be offered Thursdays—December 19 and 26 at 5:30 p.m.— and Sunday afternoons—December 22 and 29—between 12:00 and 3:20 p.m. Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per student (ages 6 – 18) in advance. If available day-of, tickets will be $20. Brucemore is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Discounts are available to Brucemore members. Visit www.brucemore.org or call (319) 362-7375 to purchase tickets or for more information on scheduled tour times. The holiday season at Brucemore is sponsored by Pearson with Cedar Memorial Funeral Home as the décor sponsor and KCRG-TV9 as the media sponsor.
Brucemore is a living landmark that charts the history of Cedar Rapids. The independent non-profit preserves and shares the estate through innovative, collaborative programming that inspires those who visit today. The site’s story is a lens to the past and a reminder of the people, the events, and the drive that shaped the Cedar Rapids community. Brucemore is an irreplaceable asset and a powerful reminder that the shared history belongs to everyone. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.