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 District offers a wide range of programming for all ages to enhance your experience and bring historical and scientific concepts to life. Check our Calendar for current program dates and times!
Camps: Summer Camps at the Grout Museum District are a great way to fully engulf yourself in all things History and Science. Spend the week enjoying a wide range of activities all based around an historical or STEM related theme. Camps are available as a fun, exciting, and educational alternative to daycare. 2018 Themes: Astronaut Training, Beginner Rocket Camp, Historical Hollywood, Science of ZOOM, Programming Your World, Silent Stars, Historical Detective, Silver Celebration, Life Through the Ages, and Advanced Rocket Camp.
Discovery Days: Discovery Days are held the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, rotating between the SBIVM/Grout Museum of History and Science and the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium. Different Scientific and Historical concepts and events related to a theme are covered each week.
Homeschool Workshops: Homeschool Workshops are held once a month, September-April.
Museum Madness: This monthly program (held the 4th Saturday of each month from September-April) offers numerous family friendly hands-on activities, experiments, movie showings, special guests, and demonstrations.
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators, including the Grout Museum District. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Star Parties: Star Parties are held May-October at Prairie Grove Park in Waterloo. They are a collaboration with the Black Hawk Astronomy Club and are free and open to the public. Telescopes are provided at each party allowing participants to view and learn more about the current night sky.
Strolling with the Spirits: Stroll through the cemetery as actors bring some of Waterloo's earliest residents back to life through live historical interpretation.
Tea Parties: Enjoy themed tea parties, January-June, at the historic Snowden House. Participants will take part in crafts, tea and treats.
Weekly Wonders: Weekly Wonders are held during the summer, rotating weekly between the SBIVM/Grout Museum of History and Science and the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium.