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

Jul

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Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Hand Puppets with Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre- July 7 & 8 (2nd-6th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Hand Puppets with Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre- July 7 & 8 (2nd-6th grade)

Join the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre and learn how to make and perform with hand puppets! The Puppeteers will lead participants in creating a traditional hand puppet following a process the Puppeteers have used in the classroom for over 25 years. The workshops are intended for kids in grades 2nd through 6th. July 7 kids will create their puppets, July 8 kids will write, practice, and perform their own puppet show. All supplies will be provided.

Jul

10

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Polymer Clay Blue Bird Pin- July 10 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Polymer Clay Blue Bird Pin- July 10

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.

Apr

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April - May - June 2022 Quarterly Newsletter Image

April - May - June 2022 Quarterly Newsletter

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

Jul

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JULY EVENTS

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

Aug

14

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Owl Magnets- August 14 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Owl Magnets- August 14

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.

Sep

11

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Whimsical Animal Watercolor- September 11 Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Whimsical Animal Watercolor- September 11

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.

Jul

16

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Mandalas with Danna Fruetel- July 16 (4th-6th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Mandalas with Danna Fruetel- July 16 (4th-6th grade)

Artist Danna Fruetel will lead students in the art of drawing mandalas! Draw mandalas by folding square pieces of paper and using the fold lines to create designs that are radially symmetrical. Use pens, pencils, and watercolors to make the intricate designs come to life. All supplies will be provided.

Jul

30

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Painted Owls with Megan Bishop- July 30 (2nd-5th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Painted Owls with Megan Bishop- July 30 (2nd-5th grade)

Iowa City artist Megan Bishop will lead students in painting their own whimsical owls! Get creative with colors and watch your owl come to life! All supplies will be provided.

Aug

12

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Sewn Creatures with Heather Seibel- August 12 (3rd-4th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Sewn Creatures with Heather Seibel- August 12 (3rd-4th grade)

Pleasant Valley art teacher and Figge instructor Heather Seibel will lead this workshop. Kids will design their creatures, cut, stuff, and sew them up to create their own unique stuffed friend. All supplies will be provided. More details to come.

Aug

12

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Clay Whistles with Heather Seibel- August 12 (5th-6th grade) Image

Visiting Artist Summer Workshops for Kids- Clay Whistles with Heather Seibel- August 12 (5th-6th grade)

Pleasant Valley art teacher and Figge instructor Heather Seibel will lead this workshop. Kids will design and mold whistles out of clay. All supplies will be provided. More details to come.

Jul

23

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Modigliani Pastel Portraits July 23 Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Modigliani Pastel Portraits July 23

Join Miss Julie Saturday, July 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn about Italian painter and sculptor Amadeo Modigliani and create a pastel portrait in his iconic style. Please register by July 22. Call 563-263-8282 for more information and to sign up.

Jul

23

National Sprinkle Day at West Hill Cakery Image

National Sprinkle Day at West Hill Cakery

Program Coordinator Katy and West Hill Cakery are celebrating National Sprinkle Day - the annual day to celebrate the tiny colorful flecks of sugar we all know and love. Join Ms. Katy for a book reading of "Sprinkles" by Allison Wood, craft projects, and free cookies (one per person please) covered with sprinkles. No registration required.

Jun

24

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. Limit three per household.

Jul

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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. 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.

Jul

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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. 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.