Muscatine Art Center – Muscatine, Iowa
Muscatine Art Center – Muscatine, Iowa 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.
The permanent collection provides visitors with a wide variety of experiences. Decorative arts, including paperweights, oriental carpets, American art pottery and furniture offer an exciting contrast to works of art by Grant Wood, Mauricio Lasansky, John Mix Stanley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Allan Houser and other noteworthy American artists.
Of particular interest is the Art Center’s Great River Collection which contains paintings, drawings, prints and maps of historical and aesthetic importance illustrating the Mississippi River from its source in Lake Itasca south to New Orleans.
Exhibitions in the Stanley Gallery are normally rotated every four to eight weeks. Changing exhibitions include objects from the permanent collection, national traveling exhibitions and shows by contemporary regional artists.
The gift of the Musser Mansion in 1965 by the heirs of Laura Musser, to be used as a memorial art gallery and museum was the beginning of an art museum facility in Muscatine.
The Musser Mansion was designed by Muscatine architect Henry W. Zeidler and completed by Peter Musser in 1908 for his daughter Laura and her husband Edwin L. McColm. Built in the Edwardian style, the mansion contains twelve rooms flanking a generous central hall on the first and second floors. Architectural details including mantelpieces, stained glass windows, woodwork, light fixtures and hardware are distinctive examples of the period. An elevator provides access to all levels.
Hours: open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays.
Location: 1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa.