Arts & Culture

Museums
Behrens-Rapp Filling Station & Visitor Information
1st and Clay Streets, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 266-5149


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This authentic 1925 filling station serves as an information center for visitors to the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area.

Hours: May-October, 8am-8pm.
Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
322 Washington Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 233-8708, (319) 234-6357


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A playground for the imagination, this interactive science center provides fun, hands-on exhibits that demonstrate how science affects everyday life. Visitors may also enjoy daily science demonstrations.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 234-6357


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The Grout Museum of History & Science's history collection focuses on the period from 1833, when Iowa was opened for settlement, to the present. The Maytag Car, Rath Packing Company whistle, Heritage Hall, and Pioneer Hall Mural help visitors envision and understand bygone eras.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
Ice House Museum
1st and Clay Streets, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 266-5149


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A circular structure built in 1921, this building once stored ice cut right from the Cedar River. The museum now features interactive displays that tell the ice harvesting story and show how the Cedar River has shaped business, culture, and daily life in Cedar Falls.

May-Mid-October hours: Wednesday and Sunday 1-4pm; Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free.
Little Red Schoolhouse Museum
1st and Clay Streets, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 266-5149


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From the slate blackboard to the potbellied stove, this 1909 schoolhouse recalls a time when siblings and neighboring children gathered to learn.

May-Mid-September hours: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm. Mid-September-October hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4pm.
Marshall Center One-Room School
23rd and Indiana Streets, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 273-2188


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Visit an authentic one-room Iowa schoolhouse museum on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Built in 1893 in Pocahontas County, the school has been restored to its 1922 appearance. Complete with original furnishings, textbooks and costumes, the Marshall Center School lets you experience the wonder of days gone by.

Hours: Open by appointment. Free admission.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
303 Jefferson Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 233-0745


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The Museum features Olympic, collegiate and professional
wrestling history and honors Waterloo native Dan Gable, 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist. The Museum also presents displays on famous wrestlers throughout history—from Jacob wrestling the Angel through young Abe Lincoln to Frank Gotch, Dan Gable and Cael Sanderson. The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa, Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions, a theater, training center, and the Dean Rockwell Library and Research Center are also featured.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am–5pm; weekends by appointment. Group tours available.
Phelps Youth Pavilion
225 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 291-4490


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The Youth Pavilion is an interactive children's museum like nothing you've ever seen...featuring over 40 hands-on exhibits related to art and culture. Milk a life-size cow, virtually drive a tractor into a Grant Wood painting, test your skill at digital finger painting, explore the music, language and culture of other countries, and so much more. The Phelps Youth Pavilion at the Waterloo Center for the Arts is a children's museum filled with creative, hands-on experiences...from simple drawing to high-tech adventures, kids of all ages - even infant to toddlers - will find fun, new ways to discover the arts. At the Pavilion...art launches a world of wonder, discovery and learning.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm, closed Monday.
Rensselaer Russell House Museum
520 W. 3rd Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 234-6357


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Nestled in the heart of Northeast Iowa is a small jewel of American mid-Victorian architecture. Completed in 1861, this lovely brick structure is one of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County. Guided tours allow visitors to step into an authentic Victorian interior, including original family belongings and wander through picturesque Victorian gardens.

Hours vary. Please call for current hours.
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
503 South Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 234-6357


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Iowa veterans have a million stories to tell—tales of heroism, adventure and sadly of trauma and death. For 150 years Iowa men and women have stepped forward to take an oath to preserve the union, safeguard democracy and defend against terrorism in times of war and peace. Iowans gave this service in numbers proportionately larger than most states and without the expectation of fame or fortune, a tradition that continues today. The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum honors all Iowans who served the nation from the Civil War to the present. The collection, preservation and interpretation of their stories and artifacts are the core mission of the museum.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
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