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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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Unforgettable

Growing up in the Midwest I often felt isolated from the larger world but the MacNider was a window... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alexis B
Nice collection

We encountered a birthday party - they created art and learned about the various puppets. Baird... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donald M
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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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The Charles H. MacNider Museum is a non-profit, municipally owned institution conceived in 1964 and opened by 1966 in Mason City, Iowa. Everything the Museum does is educational or aesthetic in nature centering around working with objects of art. The museum exhibits and interprets a permanent collection of American art; temporary exhibitions of art; provides art classes for all ages; offers enriching arts programs; and maintains an art library.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average2%
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303 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA 50401-3925
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Growing up in the Midwest I often felt isolated from the larger world but the MacNider was a window that looked past my immediate horizons. As an adult I have brought each of my four children here as the areas primary accessable art source when...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We encountered a birthday party - they created art and learned about the various puppets. Baird puppet collection was fun! Also beautiful views out to the river

Thank Donald M
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

We visited the museum, which is free, and came back the next morning for a guided walk of the neighborhood architecture for a small fee. Our docent was very friendly and knowledgeable, and the area is eye candy for those who love prairie style architecture.

Thank Kathy J
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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thanks for the wonderful review and for participating in our architectural walking tour! This is something we offer weekly from June-September because we are located in such a special neighborhood full of prairie style architecture.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017

The most popular collection are the Bill Baird puppets. Also has works from regional artists. You can spend an hour and see most all of the exhibits.

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

I used to go to the McNider museum when I was in elementary school as it was a very short walk and from an early age, got to experience art on loan from some of the great masters. My earliest memory was to see "Blue...More

Thank Jeff A
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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thanks for the great review! We love that coming to the MacNider is a childhood memory of yours... we still have many school groups come here on field trips! We hope you are able to come visit again soon.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

The gentleman at the reception desk was friendly and helpful. The museum is quite small, but enjoyable. It is known for its collection of Bil Baird puppets, which are nicely displayed upstairs. There is also an informative video about Baird's work. There are paintings and...More

Thank Rosemary W
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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for the great review and mentioning our current exhibition of Hava Hegenbarth's work! The exhibit is in one of our temporary galleries and changes out every few months. We have had some great feedback from Hava's fantastic artwork!

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

After walking by the Music Man Square we headed for the foot bridge but unexpectedly found this lovely museum. Right in a residential area and next to the city library it is a beauty of a building from the outside. Once inside you realize it...More

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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review! Our location is perfect for sharing Music Man Square visitors on their way to visit the footbridge - we are so glad you were able to stop in!

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

A very nice museum for the size of Mason City. Probably the most popular exhibition is the famous puppets of Bill Bard that he made for the movie Sound of Music. There's also many beautiful exhibits of paintings and statues.

Thank Randy C
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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review! You are correct, the Bil Baird puppets are probably the most popular exhibit - people come from all over to see the "Sound of Music" puppets!

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This isn't a large museum, but what they have is very eclectic and well displayed. The puppet display is fascinating and not what you normally see at your average art museum. There's also a room with a neat little fish pond and windows looking out...More

Thank Dini O
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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks for the great review and mentioning that we have free admission! We are glad you enjoyed the puppets and our fish pond!

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

The building provides a unique experience for viewing the very interesting collection of art and artifacts! This is a don't miss when visiting Mason City.

Thank Sieglinde G
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Lindsay T, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thank you for the great review - we LOVE being described as a "don't miss" spot in Mason City!!!

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