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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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HISTORY TOUR

Very personal small group tour of home with little known details about their lives. Not scripted was able to stop talk and TOUCH items. Beautiful home a must see if in Mason City

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Lora J
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East Peoria, Illinois
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East Peoria, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very personal small group tour of home with little known details about their lives. Not scripted was able to stop talk and TOUCH items. Beautiful home a must see if in Mason City

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CHicago, IL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Would have liked more info about the life of M Willson while on the tour. It was mostly about the house, which is nothing that special. Cannot recommend.

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Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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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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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