Bored on a Thursday night and want something to do that’s free? Head on over to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts!

Every Thursday from 4-8 the museum is free to everybody.

Located on 3rd ave SE the museum is home to more than 7,200 works of art with many different eras. Most of the artwork is from the first half of the 20th century in America.

In 1906, a group of community leader formed a club and 10 years later had the opportunity to start a museum. In 1906 they got their first painting. This painting still holds a place in the museum today. Local artists were the key for helping out at the museum. Two people that had a big impact on the museum during this time were Grant Wood and his friend Marvin Cone.

In the early 1960’s the Art Association bought a building that they then renovated and used it as a press building. It was named the Torch Press Building.

In the mid 1980’s the library that was in the same building as the museum moved to another building giving the museum its own space. The museum raised $10 million in a very successful campaign that added 16,000 square feet of space.

The museum collects donations throughout the year that will help them at the museum. Donations can be made on their website. Most donations are gifts to honor people so if you have someone that loved art consider donating.

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