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Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City

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  • This museum has great classes and activities for kids giving them good beginning ideas and lets them explore their young talents.  more »
  • 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!  more »
  • One realize place to visit! Well kept, a real surprise for me! The puppet exhibition is real neet! The place easy to access!  more »
  • This is a wonderfully eclectic art museum with something for everyone. The puppet exhibit is perfect for kids of all ages. They also have traveling exhibits. One of my favorites was of Russian religious icons. Truly a great place to spend some quiet time in Mason City, Iowa.
  • Really neat and interactive place for all ages.
  • Nice artwork, sometimes have special community events
  • Wow..What a beautiful place!
  • As others have eluded to, this place is cool! I'm to dumb to understand art, but understand a solid experience when I see one. Some friends told us to check this spot out. It's a house converted to a museum in honor of a family from the area. General Macnider served in both worlds wars and based on his medals was pretty legit! The house is all original and is magnificent. The woodworking is unreal - I'd go just to see that! The art is very nice, but as stated previously, if it's not a garfield comic strip, I'm probably not familiar with it. Good number of exhibits give enough variety for the all but the most pretentious of art palates and for those of us who understand puppets - there's a cool exhibit upstairs! Bill Baird - one of the foremost puppeteers of the last century according to Wikipedia - grew up in Mason city. The collection upstairs is quite impressive and a nice glimpse back in time pre-computers! Perhaps the most impressive spot (at least to our two boys) here was in the upstairs where there a room dedicated to foam blocks. The area is surrounded by chairs so as to corral the kiddos and takes up a good portion of the upstairs. We played here for an hour an had a great time! The gift shop has plenty of trinkets you may consider as well plenty of books and other items from patrons around the state. It's a nice shout out to some of the interesting stuff people in the area make - lots of wooden and ceramic bowls, painting and other artsy goods. Overall, this is a tremendous place to hang out for a few yours with or without the kiddos!