The pearl button industry is arguably Muscatine’s most unique contribution to the history of the United States and, therefore, must be collected, preserved, and interpreted.
Muscatine was known as the “Pearl Button Capital of the World” because of the many factories producing buttons from the Mississippi River clams. At its peak, nearly half of the local workforce was involved in some aspect of button manufacturing.
The Museum showcases the equipment and memorabilia showing the button making process.
There are plans to develop a new permanent exhibition on the pearl button industry. Colorful graphics panels, hands-on activities, a river diorama, and new display cases will be installed in the recently renovated space.
From Interstate 80: Take IA-38 S / US-6 W (Exit 271) towards Wilton / Muscatine.
Turn right onto IA-38 S / US-6 W. Continue to follow IA-38 S. IA-38 becomes E 2nd St.
From Burlington: Take US-61 N. US-61 becomes IA-92 / US-61 BR. Turn Right onto IA-92 / US-61 / Mississippi Dr. Turn left onto Iowa Ave.
Turn left onto W 2nd St.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Admission:Suggested donation $4 for adults and $2 for students