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

Aug

17

Kids' Saturday Workshop - August Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - August

Explore the work of American painter Morris Graves. Julia Lear will lead school-aged children in creating a bird painting 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.

Jul

18

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Artist Vada Baker gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete each painting project. Participants learn new techniques in this fun studio class for adult learners. Classes meet several Thursdays each month from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is required. Space is limited and is available on a first to register basis. All supplies are included in the class fee of $15 or $13.50 for members of Friends of the Muscatine Art Center.

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.

Jul

20

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).

Jul

20

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

Aug

3

National Watermelon Day Image

National Watermelon Day

Saturday, August 3 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fee: Free! Stop by and have some delicious Muscatine watermelon and participate in a watermelon-themed craft.

Jul

20

Civil War Program Presentation Image

Civil War Program Presentation

Saturday, July 20, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Adults and kids are invited to “meet” Muscatine Civil War soldier, Daniel Parvin, and his wife at the Muscatine Art Center!

Aug

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

6

Mini Camp - Recycled Masters with Miss Katy Image

Mini Camp - Recycled Masters with Miss Katy

August 6th - August 9th 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fee: Free! Register by August 2.

Aug

22

David Hayes Image

David Hayes

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

Aug

29

Booked on Art Image

Booked on Art

Booked on Art August Meet Up Thursday, August 22, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Music Room

Jul

20

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.