Clarion Hotel & Convention Center
525 33rd Avenue, SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: (319) 366-8671
Fax: (319) 362-1420
Arts & Museums
Located in a small Czech ghetto, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library explores the Czech and Slovakian culture through its diverse collection. The museum pertains to its neighboring Czech immigrants by disseminating its native culture and history. You can learn here about their traditions, lifestyle, art, crafts and so on. The library has several books, photographs, videos and archives that cater to the same aspect. Shop for jewelry, books and other gift items at their store. Events here include book launches, discussions, seminars and local fiestas.
With over 7,200 paintings ranging from Roman era to the present days, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art merits a visit from all those passionate about fine arts. The museum also boasts of the largest collection of Grant Wood works, which is a must go for all his fans. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art offers guided tours through the museum that will give you detailed information on all the exhibits. The museum also conducts events and shows that regularly which find locals coming in. To know more about the museum or book a tour, check the website.
Established in 1858, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History promises you a walk through 500 million years of history. Visitors are fascinated by the State of Iowa's surprisingly rich collection of ecological, geological and cultural treasures. Birds and mammals fossils have been meticulously preserved over the centuries, while the rock collection is as stunning. This museum often organizes educational and recreational programs for families and children such as nature walks, pottery workshops etc. On your way out, pick up some minerals, rocks, plastic animals and other interesting souvenirs.
Opened in 1969, the the University of Iowa Museum of Art or UIMA as it is shortly known, is in the forefront of educational programs and research, frequently organizing lectures and field trips for students. Housing in it close to 12,400 exhibits spanning across jewelry, paintings, lithographs, photographs, textiles, prints, ceramics etc, you will need some time on your hands to fully explore every corner. Pre-Columbian, Roman, Afro and Native American exhibits are well-represented too. Check website for details on upcoming exhibitions and events.