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Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 1128, Mason City, IA 50401
800-423-5724
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Mason City
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City house.
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Tinley Park, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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24 helpful votes 24 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
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13 helpful votes 13 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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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
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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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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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Mason City
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

This home is about the same as when Meredith Willson spent his childhood years living here in "River City". Docents give you a ton of information about the family.

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Clarks Grove, Minnesota
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9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Located next door to the Music Man Museum, this boyhood home is less about the man than the times when he grew up. For older people, it is a reminder what our homes looked like growing up in the Midwest. For younger visitors, it's a chance to learn. It also tells the story of Willson's talented sister.

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