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Music Man Square

308 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, IA 50401
641-424-2852
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Mason City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Theaters
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Liberty, Missouri
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It is a celebration of the iconic 1962 movie The Music Man. We were fortunate to meet a docent who explained much about the history of Mason City. We had gone up to see the three Frank Lloyd Wright structures, but discovered much more: other homes by his disciples and a walking tour of 39 sculptures.

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Michigan Center, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Not a lot to this attraction, but the status of Meridith Wilson is very nice. A good quick stop if in town and a fan of the movie. Next to his boyhood home, which happened to be closed the day we were there. Tip - the town library is amost across the street and has a small cafe, wifi, and... More

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Melville, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

good museum if a bit 'touristy'; friendly people; interesting exhibits; the house was very interesting

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This museum was created to celebrate the childhood upbringing and life of the writer of "The Music Man" Meredith Willson. The museum contains information pertaining to his life, his music, his screen plays and much more. The museum portion contains a copy of the original street set from "The Music Man movie". It also houses items of interest concerning his... More

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Crown Point, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Charming and included information besides that of Music Man-worth a visit.There were both auditory and visuals including videos from people involved in all aspects of the making of the musical. It was comfortably laid out and accessible for anyone at any age.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

RAGBRAI 2014 routed us through Mason City for an overnight stop, and someone in the bike club I was traveling with mentioned the theatrical streetscape at Music Man Square. But he didn't know about the other cool stuff there. --Diorama of a gazebo band shell, with a life-sized figure of John Philip Sousa along with an assortment of classic old... More

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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

This museum is fun to explore, especially for people (like me) who love the great American musical. The streetscape of River City offers plenty of photo ops, and the documentary about the movie was interesting. I was also fascinated by the footage of early films that Willson had written the scores for. The fee is reasonable and well worth it.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The trip to River City was fantastic. The guides loved the place. The coverage of Meredith Wilson was outstanding. The museum attached to The Music Man Block was fascinating.

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Spencer, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a wonderful trip down the streets of River City and the attractions of the Music Man musical. It is helpful to watch the musical before you go in order to sing along with the music of the displays. And don't forget to stop at the ice cream shop in the museum for the best ice cream around. Well... More

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Mason City, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is where my husband and i had our wedding reception. The ambiance couldn't have been better!! The staff were all so helpfull!! I wouldn't change a thing about it!! Loved every minute!!

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