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

Oct

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Free Performance: Mad Creek Mudcats - October 2 Image

Free Performance: Mad Creek Mudcats - October 2

Mad Creek Mudcats will perform at the E. Bradford Burns Performing Arts Park (next to the Muscatine Art Center) on Sunday, October 2nd, starting at 3:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on the lawn.

Oct

20

Free Event: Ballet Folklorico, Los Cometas Mariachi - October 20 Image

Free Event: Ballet Folklorico, Los Cometas Mariachi - October 20

The Muscatine Art Center, LULAC Muscatine, and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security are collaborating to offer an evening of dancing, music, and more!

Oct

15

Free Performance: Soten Taiko Japanese Drumming - October 15 Image

Free Performance: Soten Taiko Japanese Drumming - October 15

The Muscatine Art Center is excited to announce a free public performance of Japanese Taiko Drums by Japan America Society of Iowa’s Soten Taiko, central Iowa’s only taiko drumming group. The performance will be held Saturday, October 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the E. Bradford Burns Performing Arts Park, next to the Muscatine Art Center.

Oct

27

Free Performance: Quad City Arts Presents LADAMA - October 27 Image

Free Performance: Quad City Arts Presents LADAMA - October 27

The Muscatine Art Center is excited to announce a free live performance from LADAMA on October 27 at 3:00 p.m. The performance is in partnership with Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series.

Jul

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July-August-September 2022 Quarterly Newsletter Image

July-August-September 2022 Quarterly Newsletter

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

Sep

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS Image

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

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

Nov

13

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Negative Space Watercolor Fall Trees - November 13 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Negative Space Watercolor Fall Trees - November 13

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.

Oct

16

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pumpkin Button Mosaic - October 16 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pumpkin Button Mosaic - October 16

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.

Dec

4

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

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

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.

Oct

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OCTOBER EVENTS Image

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

13

Living Proof Exhibit Creative Session - Suminagashi Ink - October 13 Image

Living Proof Exhibit Creative Session - Suminagashi Ink - October 13

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Artist Emily Christenson will lead this session on Thursday, October 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required through Living Proof Exhibit or by calling the Muscatine Art Center 563-263-8282.

Oct

29

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Dia de los Muertos - October 29 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Dia de los Muertos - October 29

Join Miss Julie Saturday, October 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about the holiday Dia de los Muertos, and create a large paper skeleton. Please register by October 28. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Nov

12

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Laura Musser Birthday Party - November 12 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Laura Musser Birthday Party - November 12

Join Miss Julie Saturday, November 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to celebrate Laura Musser's birthday. Enjoy a tour of the historic Musser Mansion as well as refreshments and Edwardian crafts. Please register by November 11. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Sep

24

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Illuminated Letters- September 24 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Illuminated Letters- September 24

Join Miss Julie Saturday, September 24 to learn more about this ancient art form and to create your own illuminated letter. This free class is open to kids ages 7 to 14 and their families. Please register by September 23. Call the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Oct

6

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.

Oct

6

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.

Oct

8

For Kids: Wet Felted Pumpkins at Silver Bell Hollow Alpaca Farm- October 8 Image

For Kids: Wet Felted Pumpkins at Silver Bell Hollow Alpaca Farm- October 8

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Silver Bell Hollow Alpaca Farm this October! In this kids workshop, participants will create fuzzy fall pumpkins using a wet felting technique and tour the farm to meet the alpacas! The $25 fee includes materials for one felted pumpkin and an alpaca cookie. Meet at the address bellow. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY SEPTEMBER 30. Call the Muscatine Art Center to register. Fee paid directly to Silver Bell Hollow the day of class.

Oct

23

Book Signing: "What Follows is True: Crescent Hotel" by Sean Fitzgibbon - October 23 Image

Book Signing: "What Follows is True: Crescent Hotel" by Sean Fitzgibbon - October 23

Sean Fitzgibbon's artwork for his graphic nonfiction book, "What Follows is True: Crescent Hotel", is on view in the Stanley Gallery now through October 23. Meet author/illustrator Sean Fitzgibbon during the public reception and book signing on Sunday, October 23 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Following the book signing, view the historical short film, "Norman Baker: The Man in Purple". Visit seanfitzgibbonart.com to learn about Sean and his book.