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

Nov

22

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The Christmas Magic Lantern Show

The American Magic Lantern Theater is an authentic Victorian big screen extravaganza. The shows are America's only professional recreations of the 1890s combination of projected images, live drama, and live music that led to the creation of movies. Join us for a free public performance at Central Middle School's auditorium on Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Oct

31

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Halloween at the Muscatine Art Center

Drop in on your Trick-Or-Treat route for a Halloween snack and a craft you can take home. Come find us on the front porch of the historic Musser Mansion, 1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine. Free. No registration required.

Nov

9

Voicing a Cause, Voicing a Self: Jane Addams at the Hull House Image

Voicing a Cause, Voicing a Self: Jane Addams at the Hull House

History presenter Helen Lewis, who portrays Jane Addams for the Great Plains Chatauqua Society, will give a free program on Jane Addams and the Hull House in full period costume in the Muscatine Art Center's Music Room.

Oct

7

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History on Tap at Contrary Brewing Company

Join us for a mini fundraiser at Contrary Brewing Company! Enjoy a brew while local train historian Bill Lindsay gives a presentation about the railroads of Muscatine County. A portion of the ticket sales go to the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center to support educational programs.

Oct

5

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Alexander Clark Walking Tour

Local historian Daniel Clark will guide participants on a walking tour of the Alexander Clark district near downtown. The tour will highlight significant places and stories associated with Clark. The tour will meet at the City parking lot on 3rd and Chestnut Streets and will leave promptly at 1:30 pm. This tour is free.

Sep

19

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Andrew Collins Trio Performance

Canadian folk music group, the Andrew Collins Trio, will give a FREE performance in the Muscatine Art Center's Music Room. The group won Instrumental Group of the Year in both 2014 and 2016 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Mark your calendars for this live performance!

Nov

21

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Combine the ocean and deep space by painting this whimsical watercolor whale with a dazzling star background. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6613

Nov

14

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Bring this happy sea turtle to life with calming ocean watercolors. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6612

Oct

31

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Capture the beautiful colors of fall in this serene scene of a covered bridge. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6611

Oct

24

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker

Feel festive for fall with these beautiful watercolor pumpkins! Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6610

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

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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

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National STEAM Day

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

Nov

30

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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

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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

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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

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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

3

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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

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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.

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. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. 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. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. ID 6609

Oct

3

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First Thursday with Katy Loos

Back by popular demand! Invite guests to your home and garden with these one-of-a-kind garden signs! We'll use barn board from an area barn built more than 100 years ago and add our own personal message using stencils and acrylic paint. You can bring your own patterns or stencils to transfer to the wood. Fee is $15.00 or $13.50 for Friends members. ID 6614

Nov

7

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First Thursday with Katy Loos

Hate the harsh chemicals and expensive price tag on all your household cleaners? Want to reduce the usage of off those plastic containers? We do too! Join Katy for a "learning" DIY class! You'll learn how to make some of your own household cleaners using common, natural ingredients. Attendees will receive instructions and printed tips on where and how to buy ingredients. Plus, choose a sample of one to take home!* Fee is $15.00 or $13.50 for Friends members. ID 6615

Sep

18

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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).

Sep

18

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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).

Sep

7

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National Grandma Moses Day

Stop in Saturday, September 7 anytime between 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. 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

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National Taco Day

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

Aug

22

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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

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Yoga in the Japanese Garden

Saturday, September 7, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Fee: $5 per person. Bring your own mat.

Aug

17

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Yoga in the Japanese Garden

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

Aug

10

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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.