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

Apr

20

POSTPONED- History on Tap Trivia Night at Contrary Brewing Co. Image

POSTPONED- History on Tap Trivia Night at Contrary Brewing Co.

This event will be postponed until this fall. Please check back for updates about this event.

May

3

POSTPONED- Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Brinton Reprise Image

POSTPONED- Red Cedar Chamber Music Presents: Brinton Reprise

This program has been postponed to a later date. Please check back with us for updates. You can also visit Red Cedar Chamber's website at www.redcedar.org for more information.

Jun

18

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Lamb Collage Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Button Lamb Collage

Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more updates.

Jun

25

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pretty Poppies Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Pretty Poppies Watercolor

Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more updates.

Aug

13

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Acrylic Painting on Garden Flag Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Acrylic Painting on Garden Flag

Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more updates.

Jul

9

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Garden Bath Time Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Garden Bath Time Watercolor

Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more updates.

Jul

16

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Paper Napkin Necklace Pendant Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker - Paper Napkin Necklace Pendant

Make your own unique necklace pendant with graphics from a paper napkin and silver jewelry findings. Chain included. Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more updates.

Aug

20

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Serenity on the Sea Watercolor Image

Red Barn Studio with Vada Baker- Serenity on the Sea Watercolor

Fee is $15 or $13.50 for Friends Members. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more updates.

Jul

30

Creative Sessions: Bookmaking Image

Creative Sessions: Bookmaking

Creative Sessions are free and open to cancer survivors, patients, and their support team. Brian Allen from the Figge Art Museum leads this session which will be held Thursday, July 30th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Class size may be limited. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while in the building. Check back with us for more information closer to the class.

Jun

11

Virtual Creative Sessions: Journaling with Ryan Collins Image

Virtual Creative Sessions: Journaling with Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins, Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center in Rock Island, will lead this session on Thursday, June 11th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Call 563-263-8282 or email kloos@muscatineiowa.gov to register and get your meeting ID. This session will be held via GoTo Meeting.

May

2

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Cinco de Mayo Image

Kids' Saturday Workshop - Cinco de Mayo

Join Julie Lear to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making Ojo de Dios (God's Eye) weavings. Free. Register by May 1st. ID 6690

Mar

16

MUSCATINE ART CENTER CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 9TH Image

MUSCATINE ART CENTER CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 9TH

The Muscatine Art Center will be closed for the next few weeks as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. We are following the guidelines set by the CDC in an effort to keep our staff and patrons safe and healthy. Questions? Call us at 563-263-8282.

Mar

18

CANCELLED- Spring Break Kid's Open Studio March 18th Image

CANCELLED- Spring Break Kid's Open Studio March 18th

Spring Break open studio for kids has been cancelled. Check back with us for more updates and cancellations.

Feb

15

SUSPENDED- Take & Make Art Image

SUSPENDED- Take & Make Art

*UPDATE 3/16/2020: The Take & Make program will be suspended for the next four weeks.* Need something to do on the weekend? Stop by the Muscatine Art Center and grab a Take & Make project! Every Saturday and Sunday during open hours.

Jun

4

Online Only - First Thursday with Katy Loos Image

Online Only - First Thursday with Katy Loos

This class will be pre-recorded and shared on the Muscatine Art Center's Facebook page and YouTube channel on the first Thursday of the month. See below for supplies needed.

Jun

1

Online Only - Mini Masters Wednesday Morning Image

Online Only - Mini Masters Wednesday Morning

UPDATE 6/1/2020: There will be no in-person Mini Masters on Wednesday mornings for the immediate future. 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.

Jun

1

SUSPENDED- Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon Image

SUSPENDED- Mini Masters Thursday Afternoon

UPDATE 3/16/2020: There will be no Mini Masters on Wednesday mornings for the next four weeks. Check back with us for updates and other cancellations. 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).

Apr

9

Booked on Art: Broad Strokes Image

Booked on Art: Broad Strokes

Booked on Art April Meet Up Thursday, April 9th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Art Reference Library.