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Address: Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 1128, Mason City, IA 50401
Phone Number: 800-423-5724
Description: Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City house.

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Need to be a fan of Meredith Willson/Music Man

Interesting how they have tried to turn the house into a period piece of when Meredith Willson lived there. Guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, even went and asked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
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Iowa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Interesting how they have tried to turn the house into a period piece of when Meredith Willson lived there. Guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, even went and asked another guide for an answer to a question I had that she did't know the answer to. If you did not know who Meredith Willson was, this place may not be... More 

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Mason City, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I enjoy old home tours so of course this was of interest to me. It is a nice tribute to a talented man.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The docent did a wonderful job of explaining the lives of Meredith Willson and his family, and it includes lots of good stories and interesting tidbits. The home itself is a great example of upper-middle-class living at the turn of the 20th Century. He did so much more than "The Music Man," and it was fascinating to hear about his... More 

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Des Moines Iowa
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25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This house tour is included in admission to the Music Man Square. If you are lucky enough to get a wonderful docent like we did... ask questions (especially about the photos on the walls)... because that is where the house comes alive! But, I'd skip the attic unless you like old wallpaper.

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Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I just included this in my review for Music Man Square because I assumed it was a yoked attraction since they are adjacent. This was one of the best house tours we have ever encountered. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. Virtually the entire house, which included original furnishings, is included in the tour. We learned a lot about... More 

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Arvada, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is right next to the Music Man Square in downtown Mason City. It just adds more background to Meredith Wilson's upbringing and how he became a first rate composer in Hollywood.

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Ames, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We enjoyed our tour of the Meredith Willson birth home in conjunction with a visit to Music Man Square. The house is charming, but much like other houses we've toured from this period. What we did enjoy was all the family photographs and anecdotes. Made the experience stand out from others.

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Ames, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

A nice opportunity to see where the talented Meredith Willson grew up. Nicely staged with furnishings from the era in which he spent his boyhood, the Willson home is worth a visit!

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Saint Ansgar, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Nice Place Its really nice to see about the history of Meridith Wilson and how he lived his life. Very Nice Home wish I could see again.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Worth seeing! Adjacent to Music Man Square; tour included in price of Music Man Square ticket. Gives a good glimpse into life of this great composer.

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