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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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Poulsbo, Washington
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59 reviews 59 reviews
55 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
7 attraction reviews
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Michigan Center, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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