Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon: for $4, you get two tickets to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE (up to a $10 value).
Hoisting a digital trophy for being awarded the Best Museum in 2009 by CityVoters, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art delights culture connoisseurs of all ages with 16 exhibition galleries comprised of more than 7,200 pieces of art that span 2,000 years. The century-old building is home to the largest collection of works by American Gothic artist Grant Wood, and it offers tours of his antique local studio, during which a scholarly docent fields questions, admires its décor, and monitors the progress of Wood's 80-year-old reality show. Current exhibits include the pastoral photography of Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret and David B. Heusinkveld and an assembly of more than 50 Roman busts, coins, lamps, and sculptures that produce a glimpse into ancient Romans' daily lives and oddly-specific obsession with torso-less models.
An immense atrium stocked with vibrant flora welcomes guests upon entrance into the museum, and a new exhibit showcases vintage social-documentary snapshots from the Photo League. Guests 18 and younger (and select college students) can wander the museum's aisles for free, taking advantage of endless opportunities to compare the regionalist movement to their latest permanent-marker face murals.
Museum admission is free on Thursday nights, so plan ahead to make sure you are redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
410 3rd Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401Get Directions