During our closure, please find and engage with us on social media! Staff are working hard creating fun, educational and interactive videos and materials to keep everyone entertained from home. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Our phone system is now going straight to voicemail. If you need assistance, please visit our staff email directory or leave a voicemail and staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Monday, March 17, 2020

During this fluid and ever changing public health situation, our number one priority has always been the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. With that in mind, effective noon today, the Grout Museum District will be closed to the public until further notice. All programs scheduled to occur during this closure are cancelled. Our Rentals Department will be in touch with any affected clients.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Wednesday Morning Veterans Coffee is postponed until further notice. Keep an eye on this website and the Museum's social media accounts for updates regarding Wednesday Coffee.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Due to the close proximity and hands-on nature of the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Grout Museum District Board and Staff have decided to close the Imaginarium to the public at this time. Board and Staff will continue to monitor the current COVID-19 public health situation and will inform all patrons when the Imaginarium has returned to normal hours.

The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Grout Museum of History & Science will remain open tomorrow, Saturday, and for spring break week, Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, however, Planetarium Shows will not be held for the time being due to the close quarters of that space.

This situation is being monitored on a week-by-week basis. Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for the latest updates or call 319.234.6357.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dear Grout Museum District Patrons-

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is our highest priority. As concern regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States and our region is increasing, we want you to know that we are closely following official government recommendations and the advice of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Black Hawk County Health Department, and the City of Waterloo.

The Grout Museum District is following the guidance of public health officials and staying open with regular business hours. While we are operating as usual, we are also working on a contingency plan and preparing for changing circumstances. Should we decide to cancel or postpone any scheduled events, we will do our best to communicate this message to you in a timely manner. Please check our website for the latest information.

Here’s how the Museum District is responding:

•    Hand sanitizers will be available at the front desks and throughout District sites

•    Staff are regularly sanitizing high traffic surfaces

•    All staff and volunteers are washing hands frequently with soap and water as per CDC guidelines

•    We are requiring staff and volunteers to remain home if any signs of illness are present

Our recommendations for visitors:

•    Wash hands frequently with soap and water

•    Avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose, and mouth)

•    If you were planning to visit the Museum but have symptoms of illness, please stay home

•    Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues away after each use (then wash your hands for 20+ seconds!)

•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick

For other updates from the CDC visit their website:

For more information about how Iowans are being affected, visit:

We are monitoring the evolving situation closely and will announce any further changes and updates. Thanks for your understanding and support.

Be well & stay healthy!

Grout Museum District