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Music Man Square

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Address: 308 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, IA 50401
Phone Number: 641-424-2852
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Overnight visit and Music Man Square

The price was right. The square is easily accessible, downtown. The lady tour guides were WONDERFUL ! ! ! Lots of interesting information. Just wish visitors would STOP stealing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Gayle T
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The price was right. The square is easily accessible, downtown. The lady tour guides were WONDERFUL ! ! ! Lots of interesting information. Just wish visitors would STOP stealing the antique banks brass fittings!

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Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is for the streetscape only. I was there for a company function in the banquet room so didn't go into the museum part. Very interesting, the "cobblestones" are actually chunks of wood. The buildings are (I think) 7/8ths scale. Not everything is period correct but most of it is close enough to get the idea. It is my understating... More 

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Iowa Falls, Iowa
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3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Having grown up just 50 miles down the road from Mason City, we thought we pretty much knew about Meredith Willson, but we learned we had much to learn... and the Square was a fun place to learn it. The Square was decorated in an "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" theme, but it still didn't penetrate until... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Most everyone knows the song, now they should see and learn about how the musical Music Man came about. Learn about the actors, the town, Iowa people in general, and the life of Meredeth Willson. The museum has 76 trombones hanging from the ceiling donated by various area musicians. One will enjoy the museum store which sells the red shirts... More 

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Mason City, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you appreciate music and particularly the"Music Man", you will appreciate this site. Beautifully designed, it feels as though you are taken back in time. The displays and store fronts in the street scape are fun and the museum offers educational and historical information. I know this is located in my hometown, but I would truly enjoy this museum at... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If you are a fan of the movie/musical, this is a delightful museum to wander through. Having played in the pit orchestra for 2 or 3 productions of the Music Man, the show has a warm place in my heart. It's fun to see the recreated sets, and view all of the historical information about the film. The boyhood home... More 

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Poulsbo, Washington
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Loved this place and especially enjoyed watching the video of making of the Music man. There were mostly elderly volunteers who were very informative, knowing the composer of this musical. It was also fun seeing the childhood home of the composer

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Lapeer, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Really enjoyed the 20 minute film narrated by Shirley Jones about the making of the movie! This place was nicely done!

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Norwalk, IA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The museum/square was nice , ice cream was awesome, but what was really interesting was Merridith Wilson's childhood home which was next door to the museum. The guide was very knowledgeable and was 'full' of trivia. The cost? a whole six bucks... If you like The Music Man you will love Music Man Square.

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Liberty, Missouri
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3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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