Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, Mason City

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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
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  • Small but nice museum with free admission. Had the big blue blocks out on the front lawn for kids to play with when we were there on a Saturday. Big hit with my two. Museum had some interesting American pieces, and a large collection of Bill Baird puppets. There's a puppet theater and hand puppets that the kids can use to put on a show for those seated on the pillows in front of the theater. The museum building itself also has some interesting features, including the undulating roof. We parked in the library parking lot and walked down a short path dotted with sculptures to the museum.
  • This is a wonderful treasure in the heart of Mason City. The building itself is a joy, with bright windows overlooking the river, and the beautiful mansion is itself very enjoyable. There is a small goldfish pond and several interactive activities for children, including drawing stations, Imagination Station blue construction foam blocks, kids' puppet theater, and a dress up station and mirror that teaches about portraiture (the costumes match the ones in the paintings). Exhibits change frequently and the collection is impressive. Also not to be missed are the Bil Baird marionettes (Sound of Music and many programs in the classic age of TV); and the extensive list of classes, lectures, events, and workshops. It is a full-fledged teaching museum.
  • Great place with Bill Baird puppets from Sound of Music. There are studio rooms for artists, gift shop featuring local artists, a big room to rent for parties. Always actives for all ages!!!!
  • A wonderful museum with plenty of activities year long. They have art classes for all ages, tours, and a ceramic studio. You can also rent the Salisbury room or lawn for parties, weddings, birthdays, and baby showers.
  • We are always taking a bunch of classes here! I love the variety of classes they have to offer. And it's always nice strolling through and spending an hour or two here checking out the various mediums that are on display.

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