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The Grout Museum District

The Grout Museum District consists of four buildings: The Grout Museum of History and Science, the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, and the Rensselaer Russell House.

The Grout Museum of History and Science tells the story of agriculture and industry in the Cedar Valley. In 2018, over 50,000 visitors learned how important agriculture and industry have been throughout Iowa’s history through the “Engine of the Heartland” exhibit.

The Grout Museum continues to innovate in the way these stories are told. Through a partnership with Silos & Smokestacks, in 2018 the Grout Museum District opened the “Voices of Iowa: Farm Stories Kiosk.” The stories of Iowa farmers are told through recordings of personal interviews. The Grout Museum District continues to add interviews to the kiosk.

The Bluedorn Science Imaginarium provides hands on science education. This kind of science education is critical for the future of agriculture around the word.

The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum tells the story of how Iowa farmers and industry rallied to provide food during times of war.

During the 2017-2018 school year, more than 1,500 third graders learned the role of agriculture in the Cedar Valley through the Museum School program.

The Grout Museum District is uniquely equipped to tell the story of agriculture in Iowa, and is a logical choice to be named People’s Choice “Site of the Year.”

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