For the 12th straight year, a downtown Cedar Rapids attraction welcomes visitors for free.

What's the catch?

There is no catch, other than the hope to perhaps attract more Iowans to the beauty of the art world and its place at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. They have several Iowa and midwest-themed exhibits they'd like to highlight, including the work of an Iowa native through the exhibit Grant Wood Revealed: Rarely Seen works by an American Master.

It's one of eight exhibits on display during the period from Thursday, July 1-Sunday September 5 when the Free Summer Admission program is in progress.

When can I get in for free?

During the dates listed above, during regular hours at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, admission is free to all. Those hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8, and Saturday from 10-4.  The Grant Wood Studio hours are Saturday and Sunday until December 31 (free until September 5) from noon-4.

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Come on, there's got to be a catch!

Nope, the only thing they ask is that you wear a mask in the museum but otherwise, admission is FREE thanks to some generous community sponsors.

We look forward to welcoming people from across the city and region. We love to have families in at all times but especially during free summer, so we are requiring masks for the safety of our younger visitors who still do not have access to a vaccine. Come on down to the CRMA to enjoy the eight exhibitions we have to offer!

Sounds like fun, right?

OK, you've got me. So according to their website, they normally charge a (very nominal) admission fee and perhaps they'd like to encourage your continued patronage when that's back in place at $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $4 for children. But once again, July 1-September 5, it is 100 percent FREE.

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