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 – 4pm
Thurs: 10am - 7pm
Sat & Sun: 1pm – 4pm
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 12 Image

Sant-O-Rama December 12

Get into the Holiday spirit! Drop in to create Santa related crafts with Miss Julie. There is no fee to participate in this workshop and no registration is required.

Oct

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Scarecrow & Jack-O-Lantern Competition October 28-31 Image

Scarecrow & Jack-O-Lantern Competition October 28-31

The Muscatine Art Center is inviting families, artists, crafters, and students to participate in the Scarecrow & Jack-O-Lantern Competitions this October. Entries will be on view October 28 through October 31 during our open hours. See below for more details and how to enter! Entry forms now due no later than October 8.

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OCTOBER EVENTS

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

Oct

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Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Presents "The Bremen Town Musicians", October 22, 12:30 p.m. Image

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Presents "The Bremen Town Musicians", October 22, 12:30 p.m.

The Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will perform an adaptation of "The Bremen Town Musicians" on the grounds of the Muscatine Art Center. The performance is free. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy outside before the performance and bring a chair or blanket for viewing.

Oct

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October - November - December Quarterly Newsletter Image

October - November - December 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.

Nov

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Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Watercolor Mosaic Leaf Earrings November 7 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Watercolor Mosaic Leaf Earrings November 7

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 to reserve your spot.

Dec

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Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Christmas Ornaments, December 5 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Christmas Ornaments, December 5

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 to reserve your spot.

Oct

28

Quad City Arts Presents Jazzy Ash, October 28, 4:30 p.m. Image

Quad City Arts Presents Jazzy Ash, October 28, 4:30 p.m.

The Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series, along with the Muscatine Art Center, presents: Jazzy Ash! Jazzy Ash is a celebrated songwriter who performs traditional African-American music for kids. Join us for a free performance Thursday, October 28, starting at 4:30 p.m. on the Muscatine Art Center grounds. The performance will be held inside the Muscatine Art Center in case of inclement weather.

Oct

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Living Proof Exhibit Creative Sessions: Air Dry Clay Spoon Rests with Brian Allen, October 14 Image

Living Proof Exhibit Creative Sessions: Air Dry Clay Spoon Rests with Brian Allen, October 14

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Brian Allen from the Figge Art Museum will lead this session on Thursday, October 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required through Living Proof Exhibit at https://www.livingproofexhibit.org/creative-sessions, or by calling the Muscatine Art Center 563-263-8282.

Oct

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Kids' Saturday Workshop - Dia de los Muertos, October 30 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Dia de los Muertos, October 30

Join Miss Julie Saturday, October 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up. For ages 7-14.

Nov

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Kids' Saturday Workshop - Laura Musser's Birthday Party, November 20 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Laura Musser's Birthday Party, November 20

The Musser Mansion at the Muscatine Art Center was built in 1908 and is named after Laura McColm, the woman who called 1314 Mulberry Avenue "home". After Laura passed away in 1964, her home was donated for use as a museum. Join Miss Julie Saturday, November 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to celebrate Laura's birthday with an old-fashioned tea party and a Laura Musser "tea bag" biography.

Dec

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Kids' Saturday Workshop - Gingerbread House Workshop, December 11 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Gingerbread House Workshop, December 11

A family favorite is back! Miss Julie will lead this special workshop where participants can build and decorate their own gingerbread house! Fee for one house is $10 and includes icing and candy. Class sizes are limited and registration is required by December 3. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Oct

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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 “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.

Nov

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Thursday Night Makerspace - Decoupage Jar Luminary, November 18 Image

Thursday Night Makerspace - Decoupage Jar Luminary, November 18

In this class, participants will decorate glass jars with patterned paper napkins to create beautiful and unique jars that can be used as a candle holder. Battery powered tea light included. Advance registration required. *NEW* Class fee must be paid upon registration. Call 563-263-8282 to sign up.

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Thursday Night Makerspace - Christmas Ornaments (your choice), December 2 Image

Thursday Night Makerspace - Christmas Ornaments (your choice), December 2

In this class, participants can choose several different types of ornaments to make. Fee includes two ornaments of your choice. Advance registration required. *NEW* Class fee must be paid upon registration. Call 563-263-8282 to sign up.

Oct

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

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

Mini Masters has returned to in-person class on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. Go to the Muscatine Art Center Mini Masters Facebook page to watch the weekly videos, and view other content related to tots. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations. These classes are free.

Oct

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

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

Mini Masters has returned to in-person class on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. Go to the Muscatine Art Center Mini Masters Facebook page to watch the weekly videos, and view other content related to tots. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations. These classes are free.