The Grout Museum District is a nonprofit organization that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities.

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The Annual Fund is one of the most vital sources of revenue for the Grout Museum District. These gifts have the most immediate impact on serving the public and achieving the GMD's mission.
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Project Planetarium 2020


  • 1 of only 3 Public Planetariums in the State of Iowa
  • The Planetarium has been part of the Grout Museum of History & Science since it opened in 1956
  • The current projector was installed in 1976 and is no longer operational
  • The Museum holds over 500 shows per year serving over 4,500 visitors
  • The Planetarium is currently sharing a mobile projector with other Museum District departments

It's time to make the Planetarium better than ever! (New state of the art projector, versatile seating, and more!) But to do this, we need your help! Every donation, no matter the size, will make an impact. Select "Planetarium" when donating to help fund "Project Planetarium 2020!"

How Your Donation is Used

Your support allows the Grout Museum District to share its exhibits and collections with thousands of visitors each year, helping them better understand our region's history, culture and science, and themselves.

Ways to Donate

There are many ways to give. Call 319-234-6357 to learn about additional ways to show your support, many with significant tax savings benefits for you, including:

  • Trusts
  • Bequests
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable remainder uni-trust
  • Real estate
  • Artifacts

Be sure to ask if your employer has a matching gift program. You may be able to double or triple your contribution.