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Visit the Center

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

Hours

Gallery

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

Admission for all WCA galleries is free

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Phelps Youth Pavilion
Hours
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.

Tours

 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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