If you have never set foot in the wonderful Muscatine Art Center, then you are in for a treat! Whether you grew up in Muscatine or are new to the area, you have probably driven past the Art Center, which is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue, many times.
We would encourage you to step back in history and explore the Musser Museum part of the Art Center, which was once home to Laura Musser. Following Laura’s 1964 death, in 1965, the home was gifted to the City of Muscatine by her heirs. It was to be used as a memorial art gallery and museum. More information about Laura Musser and the Art Center’s history can be found on the Muscatine Art Center’s website.
Today, the mansion’s 11 rooms host important collections of paintings, sculpture, Oriental carpets, and decorative arts. The adjoining Stanley Gallery hosts national, traveling art exhibitions.
This year, the Muscatine Art Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with an exhibit entitled Celebrating 50 Years of Art & Local History: Musser Museum Anniversary Exhibition. On display were pieces from Laura Musser’s collection, including her wedding dress. This exhibit runs until Sunday, January 3, 2016.
The next exhibit that will be displayed in the Stanley Gallery from January 23 through May 8, 2016 will be Framed: Step into Art™, which was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum.
Hours for the Muscatine Art Center:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
*Closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 for New Year’s Day*
Not only does the Art Center feature exhibits, but they host a number of family events throughout the year. Be sure to “Like” their Facebook page to see regular updates of special events.
The next family event will be held on Thursday, December 31. It will be a Noon Year’s Eve celebration! Check out the information below.