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Top 5 Summer Arts & Culture Activities

Cedar Rapids has a variety of museums and historic sites that you can learn from this summer!

Spend this summer learning more about your city and its many cultures! Here are five Arts & Culture attractions to explore using the Summer Pass.


1. Visit Brucemore

Take a trip back in time and visit Cedar Rapids’ 19th century mansion, the Brucemore estate. This estate is the former home to several Cedar Rapids history makers who played a large role in Cedar Rapids’ factory industries, including the starters of Quaker Oats located in downtown Cedar Rapids. The estate was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1981 and today 43,000 people are drawn to the site every year. Visitors can go to the site’s signature events, like the poolside Tahitian party, Balloon Glow in the summer or just for a tour of the house and gardens.

Learn more about the history of Brucemore by setting up a tour of the estate.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

2. National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Cedar Rapids hold the most Czech people in one place other than the Czech capital of Prague. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library inspires people from every background to connect and learn more about Czech and Slovak history and culture. With events going on all throughout the summer, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will bring you a summer of entertainment and knowledge.

Learn more about National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

3. Walking Tours with The History Center

Get to know your city with the variety of different Walking Tours with The History Center. Take a tour through the downtown skywalks or a new tour through the Linwood Cemetery. Walking Tours are a great option for entertainment this summer for you and the whole family! With the mission to provide a unique community resource that preserves and shares the stories of our past, and connects people of all ages to the present and future of Linn County, the walking tours will expand your pride and knowledge on the community.

Tickets are sold at location before the tour, no tickets are sold in advance. Learn more about the Walking Tours.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

4. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

On a hot summer day, head inside to cool off at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Through September 16, check out the exhibit: The Grand Tour: Europe Through Artists’ Eyes. From the Greek Parthenon to the great cathedrals of France, European monuments have inspired artists for hundreds of years. Named for the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper class young men of means in search of art, culture, and the roots of Western civilization, this exhibition examines how the artists in the CRMA collection, both American and European, responded to the great sites of Europe.

Click for more information on Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s exhibits.

African American Museum of Iowa

5. African American Museum of Iowa

The African American Museum of Iowa is a statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching Iowa’s African American history. With more than 30,000 people each year that visit the museum, the African American Museum of Iowa is the leading educational resource on African American Heritage of Iowa.

Learn about the offered exhibits and events for the African American Museum of Iowa.

Congratulations to Jennifer L of Marion who won an Arts & Culture prize package including a stay at the Cedar Rapids Marriott and attraction passes including Brucemore and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art! Get your Summer Pass today and start exploring.