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 – 5 pm
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

Oct

10

Creative Sessions: Mixed Media Thankful Trees Image

Creative Sessions: Mixed Media Thankful Trees

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Artist Gina Kirschbaum will lead participants in this session. Advance registration required.

Sep

12

Creative Sessions: Mandala Stones Image

Creative Sessions: Mandala Stones

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Join instructor Terre Klipsch as you learn about Mandalas and create your own. Advance registration required.

Nov

8

National STEAM Day Image

National STEAM Day

Stop by to participate in some fun STEAM activities! No registration required. Free event.

Nov

30

Kids' Ornament Workshop Image

Kids' Ornament Workshop

Create your own fun ornament to decorate your home for the holidays. Choose one project or two! Julie Lear will guide this fun workshop where you can create something fun just in time for the holiday season! Fee is $5 per ornament. ID 6607

Nov

23

Kids' Saturday Workshop- November Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop- November

Laura Musser was born on this day in 1877. Laura and her husband Edwin McColm moved into the mansion at 1314 Mulberry (now the Muscatine Art Center) upon its completion in 1908. Laura was a fixture in the Muscatine community and frequently hosted garden parties, fancy dinners, and teas. Join Julie Lear to celebrate her birthday by enjoying an Edwardian-era tea time and making a tea party-related craft. ID 6606

Oct

19

Kids' Saturday Workshop- October Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop- October

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by those of Mexican heritage. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to remember and to celebrate loved ones who have died. Join Julie Lear to celebrate this holiday by creating an altar out of a cigar box. We will decorate it in the style of famous Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo. ID 6605

Sep

21

Kids' Saturday Workshop - September Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - September

Romare Bearden focused much of his artistic career on unity and cooperation within the African-American community. He was considered "the nation's foremost collagist" due to his abstract use of collage in the 1960s. Join Julie Lear to celebrate his birthday by recreating a collage in the style of Romare Bearden. ID 6604

Aug

17

Kids' Saturday Workshop - August Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - August

American painter Morris Graves used the Mysticism aesthetic to explore the nature of consciousness. Join Julie Lear to celebrate his birthday by creating a bird inspired by Graves.

Aug

3

Guided Tours of the Historic Musser-McColm Home Image

Guided Tours of the Historic Musser-McColm Home

Drop-in guided tours of the historic Musser-McColm mansion are back! Hear stories about the Musser-McColm family and have your questions answered. Reservations are not required to join one of these tours offered on the first Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. starting July 6th. Tours are free; donations appreciated.

Sep

7

September Tour of the Historic Musser-McColm Home Image

September Tour of the Historic Musser-McColm Home

Drop-in guided tours of the historic Musser-McColm mansion are back! Hear stories about the Musser-McColm family and have your questions answered. Reservations are not required to join one of these tours offered on the first Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. starting July 6th. Tours are free; donations appreciated.

Aug

17

August Saturday Drop-In Art Image

August Saturday Drop-In Art

Not sure what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Drop in for a quick make and take project. Miss Katy will guide you through the steps for this free activity.

Jul

20

July Saturday Drop-In Art Image

July Saturday Drop-In Art

Not sure what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Drop in for a quick make and take project. Miss Katy will guide you through the steps for this free activity.

Sep

19

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Paint this bold and beautiful watercolor daisy on a bright blue background. ID 6608

Sep

26

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Let's try something new! Create this unique negative space forest using plastic wrap and watercolors. ID 6609

Aug

1

First Thursday in August with Katy Loos Image

First Thursday in August with Katy Loos

Tap into your inner DIY-er! Join Program Coordinator Katy Loos on the first Thursday of the month to create fun projects. Classes meet Thursdays from 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. FEE: $15.00 or $13.50 for Friends members. All supplies are included in the class fee. Turn something as simple as a clothespin into a fun, custom wall mirror! We'll use fun and beautiful scrapbook paper and paint to customize the clothespins. Mirror measures 8" diameter.

Aug

18

Mini Masters Wednesday Morning Image

Mini Masters Wednesday Morning

Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Mini Masters is an engaging program for young learners (ages 2 to 7).

Aug

18

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon Image

Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon

Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Mini Masters is an engaging program for young learners (ages 2 to 7).

Aug

24

Pastel Workshop with David Garrison Image

Pastel Workshop with David Garrison

Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Basic Principles and Sunday, August 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Applying Learned Skills

Sep

7

National Grandma Moses Day Image

National Grandma Moses Day

Stop in Saturday, September 7 to make a mixed media landscape in the style of Grandma Moses, just in time for Grandparent's Day! No registration required. Free event.

Oct

4

National Taco Day Image

National Taco Day

Come celebrate this delicious National Day! No registration required. Free event.

Aug

8

Civil War Program Presentation Image

Civil War Program Presentation

Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Adults and kids are invited to “meet” Muscatine Civil War soldier, Daniel Parvin, and his wife at the Muscatine Art Center!

Aug

22

David Hayes Image

David Hayes

Thursday, August 22 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Aug

29

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Booked on Art

Booked on Art August Meet Up Thursday, August 29, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Music Room

Sep

7

Yoga in the Japanese Garden Image

Yoga in the Japanese Garden

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Fee: $5 per person

Jul

13

Animal Days Image

Animal Days

Saturday, July 13 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Meet Nadie the Barred Owl and make a mini cork owl and a recycled paper owl.

Aug

17

Yoga in the Japanese Garden Image

Yoga in the Japanese Garden

August 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Fee: $5 per person

Aug

10

Animal Days Image

Animal Days

Saturday, August 10 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Slither along with some live snakes and make a paper plate snake and a pipe cleaner snake.