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319-234-6357

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Welcome to the Grout Museum District

Established in 1932, the Grout Museum District is widely acknowledged as one of the cornerstones of culture in Northeast Iowa. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Grout Museum District includes five distinct properties - the Grout Museum of History & Science, the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, the Snowden House, the Rensselaer Russell House Museum and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

The Grout Museum of History & Science was founded by Henry Whittemore Grout, a prominent Waterloo resident, financier and state legislator who loved to travel and collect reminders of the places he visited, sharing these finds with children in the community. By the time of his death, Grout had collected over 2,000 objects. His will established an endowment and named trustees to care for his collection, which was displayed for many years at the local YMCA.

The current building at 503 South Street was completed in 1956 and opened to the public as a not-for-profit museum. The Grout's many attractions have drawn visitors from all over the state of Iowa and surrounding states, and its educational programs involve students from Waterloo, Cedar Falls and surrounding areas.

The latest addition to the Grout Museum District includes the new Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. The official veterans museum of the state of Iowa, the museum honors the service and sacrifice of all Iowa veterans from the Civil War to present.

Grout Museum District Mission

The mission of the Grout Museum District is to provide a better understanding of our world by collecting, preserving and interpreting history and illustrating scientific principles. The Grout Museum collects, preserves and interprets cultural and natural history of the region; the Rensselaer Russell House Museum and the Snowden House preserve and interpret elements of the Victorian age; the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium provides exhibitions and programming that inspire the study of the sciences. And the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum honors the service and sacrifice of Iowa veterans from the Civil War to present.

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The Curious World of Patent Models: Organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Collection
From the time the U.S. Patent Office was formed by Thomas Jefferson in 1790 inve ... Learn More
Genomics Explorer
Genomics eXplorer examines Earth's most crucial living creatures - plants - and ... Learn More
Summer Day Camp: Dragons
Learn the history behind classic dragon stories. Each day children will learn ab ... Learn More
Summer Day Camp: Superhero Science
Learn the science behind some of your favorite superheroes. Each day will focus ... Learn More
Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections
Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections, is America's most nosta ... Learn More
Patent Hall of Fame
Take a look at the history of patents issued to Waterloo residents since 1861. I ... Learn More
Sullivan Brothers 5K/10K Registration
Race Date: November 8, 2014

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Strolling with the Spirits 2014
* Stroll through the cemetery as actors bring some of Waterloo's earliest reside ... Learn More
Sullivan Brothers Memorial 5K & 10K Races
Check-in and Post-Race Location: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum Park & ... Learn More
Star Party
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Star Party
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Star Party
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Star Party
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Star Party - Lunar Eclipse!
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Summer Day Camp: Astronomy
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Summer Day Camp: Space Shot!
Get ready for some high-flying summer fun during this week long science camp. Le ... Learn More
What's In A Name? The Soul of a Quilt
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Moonlight Mixers: Statewide Tailgate
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Wild Kratts Kids Club
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Wild Kratts Kids Club
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Wild Kratts Kids Club
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Movies at the Museum
The first Saturday of each month, starting at 1:00 unless otherwise noted. Movi ... Learn More
Museum Madness: Mysteries at the Museum
Dive into some of history's greatest mysteries and put your detective skills to ... Learn More
Museum Madness: The Sound of Science
Learn all about the science behind sounds during Museum Madness: The Sound of Sc ... Learn More
Annual Cabin Fever Quilt Retreat
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