Muscatine Art Center

Visitors to the Muscatine Art Center encounter paintings made by artists recognized around the world, fascinating objects connected to Muscatine’s past, beautifully crafted decorative arts, charming period rooms, and a Japanese Garden installed nearly a century ago. Learners of all ages can pique their curiosity through changing exhibitions, classes, and events.

Hours

Tues – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm – 5pm
Mon: Closed

1314 Mulberry Ave,
Muscatine, IA 52761

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The Mansion circa 1910

Since 1965 ...

The Laura Musser Museum, later renamed the Muscatine Art Center, has been an important gathering place for the Muscatine community. Laura Musser McColm’s niece, Mary Musser Gilmore, and Laura’s stepdaughter, Mary Catherine Atkins McWhirter, jointly offered the home to the City of Muscatine and established a trust to aid in the maintenance of the house.

Over generations, Muscatine children have participated in school and youth group programs and studio classes, families have attended cultural events, adults have further developed their artistic skills and deepened their knowledge of local history and art related topics. Since 1976, the Stanley Gallery has displayed countless changing art and history exhibitions. Today, first time visitors and long time friends alike are captivated by the historic home, the collection, and the stories presented in exhibitions.

Events & Classes

Dec

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Sant-O-Rama - December 11 Image

Sant-O-Rama - December 11

Get into the Holiday spirit! Drop in Sunday, December 11 between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. to create Santa related crafts with Miss Julie. There is no fee to participate in this workshop and no registration is required.

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Clay Ornaments with Heather Seibel - November 17 & December 1 Image

Clay Ornaments with Heather Seibel - November 17 & December 1

Pleasant Valley School District art teacher and Figge Art Museum instructor Heather Seibel will lead this adult class in making custom clay ornaments. In this creative ceramic workshop, learn to roll clay slabs, cut out shapes, and add details to the ornaments. A variety of shapes will be available and students will be able to create 3-5 ornaments each.

Oct

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October-November-December 2022 Quarterly Newsletter Image

October-November-December 2022 Quarterly Newsletter

Click below to download the Muscatine Art Center's quarterly newsletter for information on classes, events, workshops and more from October through December. Call us at 563-263-8282 for more information or if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

Dec

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Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pearl Button Christmas Tree Mosaic - December 4 & December 11 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pearl Button Christmas Tree Mosaic - December 4 & December 11

Join us for a fun studio class where you become the artist! Fees are $15 or $13.50 for Friends members, and all supplies are included. Advance registration required. Classes are limited to 15 people. Call 563-263-8282 for more information. Fees required upon registration. Spots still available for December 4. December 11 is the overflow class.

Nov

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NOVEMBER EVENTS

Check flyer below for at-a-glance information on what is happening at the Muscatine Art Center during the month of November. Call us at 563-263-8282 for more information on classes, programming, and to sign up.

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Gingerbread House Workshops - December 3, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm Image

Gingerbread House Workshops - December 3, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm

A family favorite is back! Miss Julie will lead this special workshop where participants can build and decorate their own made-from-scratch gingerbread house! Workshops will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call 563-263-8282 to register. Fee is $12 per house. More details below.

Dec

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Projects to Go - "Take & Makes" Image

Projects to Go - "Take & Makes"

Stop by the Muscatine Art Center during open hours and grab a themed "Take & Make” kit. Each bag contains a few projects that you can complete at home with just a few additional supplies. These crafts make excellent gifts, and the bags are free to pick up! Available select dates (see below). While supplies last. Limit three per household.

Nov

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Mini Masters Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30 a.m. Image

Mini Masters Wednesday Mornings @ 9:30 a.m.

Mini Masters is a free class that meets Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. These classes are free.

Nov

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Mini Masters Thursday Afternoons @ 3:30 p.m. Image

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoons @ 3:30 p.m.

Mini Masters is a free class that meets Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. These classes are free.