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

Get Directions

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

11

Japanese Garden Lunch & Learn - July 11 Image

Japanese Garden Lunch & Learn - July 11

Join Director Melanie Alexander for a look back at the multi-year project of rehabilitating the historic Japanese Garden. Learn about all of the details such as the archaeological investigation, the approval process involving the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, the big and small decisions made in consultation with Aunt Rhodie’s and Iowa State University Associate Professor Heidi Hohmann, and the volunteer work of the Friends of the Japanese Garden. Bring a sack lunch.

Sep

4

Japanese Garden Lunch & Learn - September 4 Image

Japanese Garden Lunch & Learn - September 4

Join Director Melanie Alexander for a look back at the multi-year project of rehabilitating the historic Japanese Garden. Learn about all of the details such as the archaeological investigation, the approval process involving the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, the big and small decisions made in consultation with Aunt Rhodie’s and Iowa State University Associate Professor Heidi Hohmann, and the volunteer work of the Friends of the Japanese Garden. Bring a sack lunch.

Jul

21

“Be Part of the Story” - Live Recordings from Pearl City Players - July 21 Image

“Be Part of the Story” - Live Recordings from Pearl City Players - July 21

The Pearl City Players Theatrical Society is launching a new series called “Be Part of the Story,” a series of stories from local authors that reflect Muscatine, dramatized through performances at various events that will be recorded for Access Channel 9. The public is invited to watch the live recordings on Sunday, July 21 and Sunday, August 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Music Room. Registrations not required. Pearl City Players Theatrical Society can be contacted on Facebook or at pearlcityplayers1@gmail.com.

Aug

25

“Be Part of the Story” - Live Recordings from Pearl City Players - August 25 Image

“Be Part of the Story” - Live Recordings from Pearl City Players - August 25

The Pearl City Players Theatrical Society is launching a new series called “Be Part of the Story,” a series of stories from local authors that reflect Muscatine, dramatized through performances at various events that will be recorded for Access Channel 9. The public is invited to watch the live recordings on Sunday, July 21 and Sunday, August 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center Music Room. Registrations not required. Pearl City Players Theatrical Society can be contacted on Facebook or at pearlcityplayers1@gmail.com.

Aug

9

Party with the Minis: A Celebration of Our Littlest Artists - August 9 Image

Party with the Minis: A Celebration of Our Littlest Artists - August 9

Enjoy the last bit of summer with an open house celebrating the “Mini Masters” in your life! All are invited to meet the staff, make some crafts, get some “cool” snacks, and more. The Mini Masters program is a free program for kids ages 2 to 7. Each Mini Masters class is centered around a children’s book and includes two art projects. Registration not required for “Party with the Minis,” and older/younger children can join.

Jul

23

Mini Art Camp with Mary Alice Sessler & Nancy Foxen - July 23-26, Ages 8+ Image

Mini Art Camp with Mary Alice Sessler & Nancy Foxen - July 23-26, Ages 8+

Art teachers Mary Alice Sessler and Nancy Foxen are at it again! This dynamic duo is back this summer with fun projects every day! You do not need to attend every day of camp, but it would be more fun if you did! Call the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282 to sign up by July 22.

Aug

15

Cookie Decorating with West Hill Cakery - August 15 Image

Cookie Decorating with West Hill Cakery - August 15

Join us for an evening of “sweet” creations! Kira Reed, owner and baker at West Hill Cakery, will guide participants in the art of icing cookies. Registrants get a box of 10 sugar cookies and different bags of icing to pipe onto the cookies. Bring a container to take home your finished cookies. No experience necessary. Register by August 13. Call 563-263-8282 for more information. Fees required upon registration.

Jul

15

"The Vanishing of the Jolly Roger" Theatre Camp with Footlighters Traveling Playhouse- July 15-19, 2024 Image

"The Vanishing of the Jolly Roger" Theatre Camp with Footlighters Traveling Playhouse- July 15-19, 2024

Footliters Traveling Playhouse is back this summer with another FREE musical camp for kids! This year the musical is "The Vanishing of the Jolly Roger". Camp is intended for kids ages 7-18 of any theatre experience. The weeklong camp and final performance will be held at the Black Box Theatre at Muscatine Community College. Contact Katy at the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282 or kloos@muscatineiowa.gov to register today!

Jul

1

JULY EVENTS Image

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.

Jul

14

Red Barn Studio - Hummer in a Nest - July 14 Image

Red Barn Studio - Hummer in a Nest - July 14

Learn to paint beautiful watercolors using various techniques and learned skills. Follow along as artist Vada Baker guides participants through each step of the painting process, adding your own flair as you go. All supplies included. No experience necessary. Advanced registration required by calling the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282. *FEES MUST BE PAID AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION*

Aug

25

Red Barn Studio - Sly Fox - August 25 Image

Red Barn Studio - Sly Fox - August 25

Learn to paint beautiful watercolors using various techniques and learned skills. Follow along as artist Vada Baker guides participants through each step of the painting process, adding your own flair as you go. All supplies included. No experience necessary. Advanced registration required by calling the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282. *FEES MUST BE PAID AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION*

Jul

27

Artist Workshops for Kids with Miss Julie - David Hockney - July 27 Image

Artist Workshops for Kids with Miss Julie - David Hockney - July 27

This free class is open to kids ages 7 to 14 and their families. Please register by July 26 by calling the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282.

Jul

30

Projects to Go - "Take & Makes" Image

Projects to Go - "Take & Makes"

Stop by the Muscatine Art Center during open hours and grab a craft bag, each one containing some supplies to make a few projects. These bags are free to pick up while supplies last.

Jul

14

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. See below for updated calendar.

Jul

14

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 - 4:15 p.m. Reservations required. Call 563-263-8282 to register. These classes are free. See below for updated calendar.

Aug

24

Live Chickens with Muscatine County Conservation - August 24 Image

Live Chickens with Muscatine County Conservation - August 24

In partnership with Muscatine County Conservation, join us in the Muscatine Art Center studio to learn about chickens with Naturalist Michelle Berns! Kids will get to see LIVE chickens from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and learn all about them! Then, stick around to make a chicken craft. No registration required.