Cedar Rapids Iowa Museums
Although Iowa cannot be associated with a prominent Czech or Slovak population, the Cedar Rapids History and Heritage Museum, one of the largest and most important cultural institutions in the country, sheds light on this rich community through its links to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For over 40 years it has been telling stories from the past that are relevant to our times.
It is noteworthy that the museum has a collection of works by Iowa native Grant Wood, including his work at the Iowa State Capitol and the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The museum is located in a historic building in the heart of the city, south of downtown, on the corner of Main Street and Cedar Street.
The oldest church in Cedar Rapids, built in 1875 and demolished in 2011, was one of the first buildings in Cedar Rapids to be listed on the National Register of Historic Sites after being damaged by fire and natural disasters. Now it's the Peoples Bank building, which was identified by Preservation Iowa in 2012 as the most endangered property in Cedar Falls and is located at 101 3rd Avenue SW. The building was used as a bank until the 2008 floods that flooded downtown Cedar Rapids.
The Wickiup Hill Learning Center, located just outside the Cedar Rapids, offers a variety of interactive exhibits, educational programs and educational activities for children and adults. This 44,000 square foot museum in Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa, is dedicated to learning and education, as well as the community of arts and crafts. The district includes the Cedar Falls Museum of Natural History and Iowa State Museum, both of which have free admission for the first time in their lives.
No trip to eastern Iowa is complete without visiting the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott for the world's largest truck stop. With the acclaimed America's Travels by Rail exhibition, this amazing museum brings to life the last 85 years of rail travel that have shaped the state of Iowa and the surrounding country. Tell the new generations how families helped transform the Cedar Rivers from a sleepy river village into the industrial center of the Midwest that they are today. The Cedar Falls Museum of Natural History and Iowa State Museum preserve the memories of the important families who lived there.
Terry Pitts, 69, of Cedar Rapids, was instrumental in expanding the museum's $1 million endowment. The project took years of planning and preparation and was located in the heart of the city, just blocks from the Iowa State Museum. When the Linge family donated the Grant Wood Studio to the Natural History Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago for their new exhibition "American Gothic," the museums borrowed it to create a museum that, according to the museum's website, attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year.
In August 2009, the museum opened a new art location in the Iowa Memorial Union and, after approval by the Iowa State Board of Regents, became the Stanley Museum of Art at the University of Iowa. The museum southwest of Cedar Rapids opened in 2010 on the site of a former Iowa State Museum on the southeast corner of Main and Main Streets. Three spring and summer exhibitions opened in 2011 and 2012, along with a $1.5 million three-year renovation project.
The Marshall County Historical Museum is also affiliated to the Central Iowa Genealogical Society, founded in 1965. The National Mississippi River Museum, operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society, is also known as the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
The State Historical Museum of Des Moines is housed in the Iowa Historical Building and is open every day of the week except on major holidays. Admission is free, with a self-guided tour and free parking in the parking lot, giving the impression that this museum is the first way to experience the art of central Iowa. One remarkable museum that will fill the heart of every tourist with enthusiasm is the African American Museum in Iowa. The museum also gives away free tickets to the annual Iowa State Fair, free admission for children and family members, a free exhibition and self-guided tours, and free admission to all exhibits.
The Clear Lake Fire Museum is located in the Iowa Historical Building in Cedar Rapids and is open every day of the week except the major holidays. Check out the museum's exhibits, free admission to the annual Iowa State Fair and check back for more information.
Cedar Rapids has a vibrant culture, evident in numerous cultural venues such as the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa State Fair and the University of Iowa. The city is known for its Iowa City Corridor, which has a population of over one million, and the University of Iowa University.
Visit this museum in eastern Iowa in Cedar Rapids to see 10 exhibition areas featuring a variety of motorcycles, including racing motorcycles, photos, trophies and memorabilia. This exhibition is part of the annual Motorcycle Showcase at the Iowa State Fair, the largest motorcycle show in the country.