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Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

303 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA 50401-3925
+1 641-421-3666
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A Sampling of Everything

This is a great museum. It has a representation of many different movements and artists. Many are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bLiselotte
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Palatine, Illinois
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Gem in the heart of Mason City

Beautiful venue. Nice collection of art.....permanent collection was on view. Good selection of... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Paint-by-number
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Mankato, Minnesota
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303 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA 50401-3925
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum. It has a representation of many different movements and artists. Many are misdwestern in origins. The big surprise was the puppets. At first I dismissed them until I recognized the puppets seen in the Sound of Music. Learning about the...More

Thank bLiselotte
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. The puppets are a big surprise to most visitors - even locals! We are so happy you had a great visit and hope you come again soon.

Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful venue. Nice collection of art.....permanent collection was on view. Good selection of regionalist paintings and prints. Lots of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, etc. Very impressive but small collection of prints on display.....Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, etc. What a treasure to have...More

Thank Paint-by-number
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review and for the great list of artists you mentioned. We hope you visit again soon!

Reviewed 18 April 2017

The museum is easy to get to and is in a pretty part of town. There are a lot of public sculptures & outside art nearby, including a short walk to the nearby Music Man bridge over Willow Creek. As an added plus, it is...More

Thank reviewerG1826JF
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We love ALL the things you mentioned including our awesome neighborhood, children's stations, and that we do have an elevator. Hopefully you will visit again, and yes, you can park at the library when you do!

Reviewed 13 March 2017

This museum has great classes and activities for kids giving them good beginning ideas and lets them explore their young talents.

Thank texasbunny
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for mentioning our studio classes! We have some great teachers that love providing the community with the opportunity to explore art - for all ages. Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Very few small town museums go though the rigorous process to become accredited as this one has. This museum is a gem, filled with multiple surprises. Better yet, it's free!

Thank sehwong
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. We LOVE your comment about being "filled with multiple surprises" - what a fun way to see it! And yes, another HUGE plus is that admission is free. Thanks again for visiting and the kind review.

Reviewed 16 February 2017

One realize place to visit! Well kept, a real surprise for me! The puppet exhibition is real neet! The place easy to access!

Thank Mike D
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review - we hope you visit again!

Reviewed 28 October 2016

I did not expect to find an art museum of such outstanding quality in a town of only 26,000 in north Iowa. But the Tudor-style mansion contains a wonderful variety of paintings and woodcut prints from a plethora of gret artists. This place is a...More

Thank Jimmy S
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, we are so glad you found us! And it sounds like you were able to enjoy our awesome temporary exhibit - Lori Biwer-Stewart: North Iowa Printmaker! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful museum in a lovely location. Be sure to see the stained glass and the puppet collection. It is free to visit and worth your time.

Thank rosegrows01
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

It's wonderful that you have pointed out Bob White's glasswork - some of his most notable works are local to Mason City! Thank you for the wonderful review!

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We were in town weekend of October 8th seeing FLW architecture and would have loved to see this museum. Before we came we researched but it must have been before they had up their closing announcement. There was local Octoberfest and tons of tourist in...More

Thank kmalmberg1
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry we missed you on October 8. Our annual fall fundraiser is a huge event for us and it takes several days to clean up and take down all the extra tables. We hope you are able to visit us on your next...More

Reviewed 13 October 2016

Visited Thursday evening, when the museum is open until 8 pm. We were the only visitors, and it was such a treat to be able to wander around in the silence. Captivated by the Bil Baird: World of Puppets exhibit, especially a wonderful owl and...More

Thank JustS0Gal
Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad you decided to stop by on a Thursday evening! Our Tuesday and Thursday evening hours do usually have less visitors and can also offer a very peaceful experience between you and the artwork. Thank you for your visit and kind review!

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