Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
401 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. 319-366-7503. www.crma.org
Adults $7, Seniors and college students $6, 18 and under free. Free to all on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Free parking. Stroller accessible. Restroom available.
Our trip to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art was somewhat unplanned. Our original plan had been to drive a little farther down the road to the Iowa Children’s Museum, which we had enjoyed on another occasion, but that all changed when our five-year-old asked, “Mom, when you lived in Cedar Rapids, did you know Grant Wood?” He had learned a little about Grant Wood when we visited the Chicago Art Institute and used American Gothic as a scavenger hunt piece. Little did I know that my husband had been reading Grant Wood: Artist in Overalls little by little at bedtime, at the request of said 5-year-old. When he started naming specific paintings by Grant Wood, we decided a change in plans was in order.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has the largest collection of Grant Wood paintings anywhere. When we arrived, the gallery featuring Grant Wood and Marvin D. Cone was just through the doors, but first, there was a table with a scavenger-hunt paper on it for kids. For the boys, who can read, this was perfect. They dutifully walked through not just the Grant Wood gallery, but the others as well, looking for the answers to the questions, and were delighted that they each got a small prize to take home.
The museum is not huge; there were only four or five galleries open and one under development when we were there. If you’re a fan of Grant Wood or Marvin D. Cone, however, it’s certainly worth the stop. The gift shop has many unique items, including some fun things for kids, and I made a few little purchases for the kids.
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art was a pleasant stop for us. If the kids were a little older, we would have also gone to the Grant Wood Studio, but we’re not quite to the age where guided tours work well, so we’ll save that for another Iowa trip.
There were a lot of Grant Wood paintings. My most favorites were the sculptures and I also liked all of the Grant Wood paintings.
My most favorite thing was when we got to do the scavenger hunt, except for the last exhibit was closed so we couldn’t do #7.