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Visit the Center

The Waterloo Center for the Arts stimulates inquiry, provokes dialogue and connects people through the arts.



Tuesday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday | 1:00 – 4:00PM

Admission for all WCA galleries is free

Phelps Youth Pavilion
Wednesday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Sunday | 1:00 – 4:00PM
Daily admission $5 per person$2 with the presentation of a valid EBT card for up to 4 people
Free for members and children under the age of 1

The Phelps Youth Pavilion is a split-level children’s museum filled with creative, hands-on experiences, from simple drawing and painting projects always available in our Arts Workshop to magical high-tech adventures and a climbable Playscape for young ones to traverse.

Find Us

The Waterloo Center for the Arts is located on the banks of the scenic Cedar River in downtown Waterloo. Visitors can enjoy the changing exhibitions of art throughout the Center in addition to indoor and outdoor activity spaces (including rooftop decks, RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Expo Plaza, Arts Mall & Mark’s Park) overlooking the river.


 The Waterloo Center for the Arts welcomes groups of all sizes to experience its traditional and interactive galleries. The Center is a great place for groups to learn, play, imagine, and explore.

Guided Tours
  • Phelps Youth Pavilion 

    • The Pavilion is a children’s museum with over 40 hands-on exhibits ranging from simple drawing and painting to magical high-tech adventures. But it’s not just for kids, the young-at-heart can play too! 

  • Haitian | Caribbean Art 

    • The Center holds the largest public collection of Haitian artwork in the world, including colorful paintings, powerful metal sculptures, and glittering beaded and sequined banners. 

  • Midwest Art 

    • The heritage and diversity of Midwestern art is reflected in the work of American Regionalist masters Grant Wood, Marvin Cone, and Thomas Hart Benton. Significant regional African American Artists are also represented. 

  • Mexican Folk Art 

    • The Center holds a significant collection of Mexican Folk Art that includes ceramics, masks, textiles, traditional costumes, and an amazing selection of whimsical Oaxacan carved animal sculptures.

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Creating Art While Touring 

Complement your tour by adding a hands-on art activity. Instructors will give your group just enough creative guidance so each person can realize their own masterpiece. Choose from monoprints, stained glass, folk toys, mixed media, digital arts, ceramics, mosaics, drawings, or jewelry making. (Additional charge based on craft selection) 

Group Tour Pricing 

Groups of 12 or more Guided Tours $3/person 
Planning Your Tour:

  • Tours are available 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday 

  • Book your tour a minimum of 2 weeks in advance 

  • Group sizes can range from 12 to 150 

  • Groups with children are asked to bring 1 adult per 6 children 

  • Meeting rooms are also available 

  • Rates subject to change without notice 

  • Call to book your tour today | (319) 291.4490

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