Frequently Asked Questions

1. May I come to The History Center to do research?

The History Center has archives that are available for public research. However, a research request must be made in advance so that volunteers can pull the relevant information before you come to the office. Please click here to make a research request.

2. May I use a photo from The History Center for my business/exhibit/publication/ect?

Photos from The History Center may be reproduced for a fee. Please note that The History Center is not the copyright holder of all images and it is the responsibility of the individual reproducing the image to ensure that copyright laws are followed. More information can be found on this page.

3. Where can I find information about an event?

All events are listed on our program calendar. If you have additional questions, you may call The History Center at 319-362-1501.

4. Do I need to buy a ticket for walking tours?

Walking tour admissions are $5 for members, $7 for the general public. We do not sell advance tickets for our outdoor tours and there is no limit on how many people may attend the outdoor walking tours. You will pay your admission on the day of the event.

5. I am a member of ______________. Do I get member-priced admissions to History Center events?

Only members of The History Center receive member admissions to events. Click here to become a member.

6. May I donate an object to The History Center?

The History Center accepts object donations that are relevant to Linn County history. In order to donate an object, you will need to contact our curator. For more information on the objects that we accept and how to donate, visit this page.

7. Why did organization sell the 1st Avenue facility and purchase the Douglas Mansion?

The Douglas Mansion is one of the most historically important structures in Linn County, and therefore an ideal home for an organization devoted to sharing the history of the county and community. The History Center’s board, which had significant concerns about the ongoing viability of the 1st Avenue facility both in terms of its size and ability to draw audiences, decided a move to the Douglas Mansion would strengthen The History Center while ensuring the preservation of the mansion itself.


Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


$7.00 for general public

$5.00 for students (with ID)

Free for children ages 4 and younger

Free for members of The History Center

All galleries and exhibits are self-guided.

The History Center

Linn County Historical Society

800 Second Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Tel: 319-362-1501