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The Muscatine Art Center is a permanent, municipal, non-profit institution. The Art Center collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits objects of historical and aesthetic importance for the benefit of present and future generations. In addition, through the use of the permanent collection and special exhibitions, education programs are provided for all ages to encourage and promote the advancement, understanding, enjoyment and diffusion of knowledge of the visual arts.
Showcasing the 1908 Musser Mansion and the contemporary Stanley Gallery, the Muscatine Art Center offers eastern Iowa both decorative arts associated with the original home, and exciting changing exhibitions. We invite you to spend an afternoon with us. Admission is free. Funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Established as a museum in 1965 by a gift of Laura Musser’s heirs, Mary Catherine McWhirter and Mary Musser Gilmore, the mansion features many distinctive architectural details of the Edwardian period.
The Muscatine Art Center is one of only 775 museums nationwide accredited by the American Association of Museums. This honor signifies that the Art Center has undergone a rigorous and lengthy process involving intensive self-examination, peer review and a thorough examination by the Accreditation Commission. Accreditation by the AAM means the Muscatine Art Center is recognized for demonstrating excellence and operating in accordance with the best practices and highest standards in the field.
Group tours for both children and adults are always welcome and are offered free of charge. To schedule a tour please call the office at (563) 263-8282 at least two weeks in advance.
The Muscatine Art Center has on-street parking available on the Mulberry Avenue side. Off-street parking is available in the Cedar Street parking lot (behind the Stanley Gallery). There are designated spaces for handicapped parking and ample parking for buses.
Individual and corporate memberships are available through the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center. The Friends provide volunteers for programs and receptions and funding for acquisitions and educational programs. For more detailed information see our "Friends" page.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Smoking is prohibited in the buildings and on the grounds, sidewalks and parking areas of the Muscatine Art Center. Smoking is only permitted in personal vehicles and on the front sidewalk along Mulberry Avenue. For more information or to register a complaint call 1-800-944-2247 or visit www.iowasmokefreeair.gov
The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa. It may be reached from Interstate 80 via Highway 38 South exit or from Highway 61 (bypass or business routes) to Mulberry Avenue.
The Muscatine Art Center Music Room in the Musser Mansion, The Studio in the Stanley Gallery and the Japanese Garden on the grounds are all available for rental. We have a separate form for the Japanese Garden rentals
and a form for the other facility rentals
. There is also a sheet with the policies of the Muscatine Art Center for weddings
in the Japanese Garden. Please call the Muscatine Art Center for date availability at 563.263.8282.
MUSCATINE ART CENTER FINANCIAL SUPPORT
An annual appropriation by the City of Muscatine provides the main support for the Muscatine Art Center. The Friends of the Muscatine Art Center further supports the Art Center through sponsoring an annual membership drive and fundraising events which generate moneys for acquisitions, busing for students to view exhibition and collections, and fund the art education coordinator’s position. Individuals may also assist in supporting the Muscatine Art Center through direct contributions to the Muscatine Art Center Support Foundation. The Muscatine Art Center Support Foundation provides an annual budget for the purpose of sponsoring exhibitions, purchasing acquisitions for the permanent collection and conservation of the permanent collection as needed.
The City of Muscatine, Iowa does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to its programs and activities. Persons requesting accommodations because of disability or having questions or problems relating to programs and services may make contact with the Art Center office at 563-263-8282.
MUSCATINE ART CENTER BOARD OF TRUSTEES
PRESIDENT: Kelly Rushford
VICE-PRESIDENT: Rochelle Conway
TREASURER: Clair Penner
Other Members of the Board of Trustees include: