Grout Museum

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Grout Museum District
Henry W. Grout Historical Museum
Grout Museum District sign Waterloo IA pic1.JPG
Sign with Logo
EstablishedOctober 1934
Location503 South Street
Waterloo, Iowa
Coordinates42°29′32″N 92°20′38″W / 42.4923°N 92.3440°W / 42.4923; -92.3440
DirectorBillie Bailey (2011)

The Grout Museum District is a set of museums in Waterloo, Iowa. The District consists of the Grout Museum of History & Science, Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Rensselaer Russell House Museum, Snowden House and the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

General history[edit]

The museum started with the private collection and endowment of Henry W. Grout, a Waterloo financier and legislator. The original Henry W. Grout Historical Museum was dedicated in October 1934.[1]

The district is a nonprofit educational entity that is active in engaging the students and all people from the surrounding communities. The district is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.[2]

Grout Museum of History & Science[edit]

By the time of his death, Grout had collected over 2,000 objects. His will established an endowment and named trustees to care for his collection, which was displayed for many years at the local YMCA (now the River Plaza building on 4th Street). The current building (503 South Street) was completed in 1956 and opened to the public as a not-for-profit museum. [3]

Rensselaer Russell House Museum[edit]

The Rensselaer Russell House Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest homes in Black Hawk County. Guided tours are available. [4]

Picture Gallery[edit]

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (2011)
Closeup showing The Lone Sailor and glass flag (2011)
Rensselaer Russell House (1973)
Snowden House front view (2011)
Snowden House front/side view (2011)


  1. ^ Eldridge, Mary Beth. "Brief Biographies of Early Residents of Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa". Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Grout Museum District". Grout Museum District. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
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