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Address: Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, 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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Take another trip to the past.

This tour gave me such an appreciation of Meredith Willson and his talents. What a wonderful up-bringing he had and so many talents with the whole family.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This tour gave me such an appreciation of Meredith Willson and his talents. What a wonderful up-bringing he had and so many talents with the whole family.

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Melville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very interesting. Did not know much prior but gained an appreciation of this important musical figure.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

If you love the Music Man you will really enjoy this tour. If you don't, but you like history and gorgeous old homes, you will still enjoy it! 6 dollars gets you into the home and Music Man Square!

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Solon, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is the childhood house in which Meredith Wilson and his two siblings grew up. The house, originally built in 1895, has been restored by local Mason City volunteers and has a lot of the original artifacts and furniture. If you appreciate the Queen Ann era design, this is a must. The cost of the home tour is included with... More 

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East Peoria, Illinois
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
Phone Number: 800-423-5724
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Mason City

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