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

Mar

21

Friends of the Japanese Garden - Planning Session - March 21 Image

Friends of the Japanese Garden - Planning Session - March 21

Experienced gardeners, amateur gardeners, and all who enjoy working outdoors are invited to learn about the Japanese Garden and the care it will require. Help develop the plan for preparing the garden for the spring and sign up to volunteer in the garden. The group will meet in the Music Room. Registration is not required. For those who would like to help but cannot attend, contact Melanie Alexander at malexander@muscatineiowa.gov or 563-263-8282 to be added to the contact list.

Feb

29

"Animals in Art" Guided Tour of Art Pottery from the Latta Collection - February 29 Image

"Animals in Art" Guided Tour of Art Pottery from the Latta Collection - February 29

Join Collectors Mark and Marie Latta for a guided tour of their art pottery pieces on loan for the Animals in Art exhibition. The pair have collected American art pottery for decades. Visitors to the exhibition will be delighted by ceramic frogs, cats, rabbits, dogs, chickens, and other critters. These three-dimensional gardenware objects are also grouped with vases and other vessels with animals of all sorts depicted on the painted surface. Those familiar with art pottery will recognize the noted studios represented in the collection—Weller, Rookwood, Roseville, and others. All are welcome to join the tour—Mark and Marie make art pottery fun and interesting for enthusiasts as well as those who are novices. Admission is free of charge. No reservation is required. 

Mar

24

Free Performance: Daniel Adam Maltz: Fortepianist - March 24 Image

Free Performance: Daniel Adam Maltz: Fortepianist - March 24

The concert is presented in partnership with the Muscatine County Arts Council. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. The recommended donation is $15 per person. Call 563-263-8282 for any questions. No registration required.

Apr

4

Art Array 2024 - Juried Exhibition presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council - Opening Reception - April 4 Image

Art Array 2024 - Juried Exhibition presented by the Muscatine County Arts Council - Opening Reception - April 4

The Muscatine County Arts Council is bringing back Art Array- a juried exhibition with your neighbors, friends, family members, and artists living within 50 miles of Muscatine displaying their 2-dimensional works of art. During the reception, view the entries for this year's juried exhibition, meet some of the artists and judges, and find out who will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. Details will be publicized on social media, and through the Muscatine County Arts Council. Free admission.

Mar

1

MARCH EVENTS Image

MARCH EVENTS

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

Mar

21

Victorian Easter Card Workshop - March 21 Image

Victorian Easter Card Workshop - March 21

The introduction of the halfpenny stamp in the 1870s made it more affordable to send greeting cards, creating a card-sending craze. Christmas was the main holiday for mailing cards but soon Easter became a popular time to send unique cards. Registrar Virginia Cooper leads this workshop where participants can view Easter cards from the permanent collection and create their own versions. No experience necessary.

Mar

2

Free Family Event: CATurday - March 2 Image

Free Family Event: CATurday - March 2

For all the fans of our feline friends, come celebrate all things cats! International Cat Day is August 8th, but we just can’t wait! Miss Katy has prepared the purrrfect Saturday - stories about cats, make your own cat toys, cat-inspired crafts, face painted cat whiskers, and more. Enter a drawing to win a basket full of fun stuff for your cat! No cat at home? No problem! You don’t need to be a cat owner (or a servant to a cat) to be crazy about cats! CATurday is a drop-in event for families. No registration required.

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!

Mar

23

Drawing Dragons with Miss Heather - March 23 - Ages 7+ Image

Drawing Dragons with Miss Heather - March 23 - Ages 7+

Pleasant Valley School District art educator Heather Seibel will lead this kids class where kids will have fun drawing dragons. Call 563-263-8282 to sign up. FREE.

Mar

28

Thursday Night Makerspace - Decoupage Terra Cotta Pot - March 28 Image

Thursday Night Makerspace - Decoupage Terra Cotta Pot - March 28

In this class, use decorative napkins and paper to decoupage a terra cotta flower pot. Fee is $15, or $13.50 for Friends Members, and all supplies are included. Advance registration required by March 27. Classes are limited to 15 people. Call 563-263-8282 for more information. Fees required upon registration.

Mar

30

Artist Workshops for Kids with Miss Julie - Vincent van Gogh - March 30 Image

Artist Workshops for Kids with Miss Julie - Vincent van Gogh - March 30

Immerse yourself in van Gogh's world by creating a 3D pop-up. This free class is open to kids ages 7 to 14 and their families. Please register by March 29 by calling the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282.

Mar

2

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.

Mar

2

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.