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

Jan

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Closed on New Year's Day

The Muscatine Art Center is closed on January 1st. Hours on Sunday, January 2nd are from 1 to 5 p.m.

Dec

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Closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 31st Image

Closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 31st

The Muscatine Art Center will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 31st and reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 2nd.

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Closed on December 24th and 25th

The Muscatine Art Center will be closed on Friday, December 24th and Saturday, December 25th. Hours on December 26th are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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December 23rd - closing at 2 p.m.

The Muscatine Art Center will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 23rd and reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 26th.

Nov

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Open on November 26th

The Muscatine Art Center will reopen on Friday, November 26th at 10 a.m. Closing is at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition, Sean Kenney's Nature Connects Made with LEGO bricks, is on view. Visit the exhibition page on the Muscatine Art Center's website for more details.

Nov

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Closed for Thanksgiving

The Muscatine Art Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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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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.

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.

Dec

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DECEMBER EVENTS

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

Dec

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Partner Event: Living Proof Exhibit LEGO Family Workshop Image

Partner Event: Living Proof Exhibit LEGO Family Workshop

Join this family workshop presented by Living Proof Exhibit and learn how to use LEGO bricks to create art. The studio insructor will lead activities such as stamping with LEGO pieces and adding playful features to each stamp. Then, enjoy time exploring the Nature Connects exhibition an building your own creations. Workshop is open to anyone who has been impacted by cancer. Drop in anytime between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

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"

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.

Dec

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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.

Dec

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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.

Dec

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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.