CHARLES H. MACNIDER MUSEUM – Mason City, Iowa
Description – This museum features a permanent collection of American art dating from the 19th century. It also has an extensive collection of puppets both created by and collected by Bil Baird, a Mason City native. The museum has an extensive program of temporary exhibits, film showings, concerts, and classes. Part of the collection is displayed in an English Tudor Revival-style mansion, the remaining in contemporary additions.
American Art Collection: A permanent collection was started in 1965 when the Museum-to-be received its first gift of art, "The Clay Wagon" by Arthur Dove. By the time the Museum opened in January of 1966, six more pieces had been added to the collection’s base. Since then it has gradually grown into a valuable public resource focused on telling the story of American art and life.
World of Puppets: An American puppet master, Bil Baird, was well-known in his own country and gained an enormous world-wide audience working out of New York City. He was responsible for the "Goat Herd" marionette performance in the film The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews. A multi-talented and creative puppeteer, he saw himself as a citizen of the world.
Admission – None
Directions – just north of U. S. Highway 18 in southeast part of town
Hours – 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday
Credit Cards – None
Phone – (641) 421-3666