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Music Man Square

308 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, IA 50401
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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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Crown Point, Indiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 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, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Des Moines Iowa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The 'trouble' in River City is counting the 'seventy-six trombones' as you sing May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You in this recreation of the musical The Music Man and tribute to its hometown composer, Meredith Wilson.. The interactive displays in the museum are intriguing; and don't skip his boyhood home, included in the minimal admission.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

If you grew up in the era of movie musicals, Broadway musicals, and marching bands then this is a great stop. Very well done "town replica" from the movie set as well as much history on Meredith Wilson and "The Music Man" as well as his many, many other endeavors. If you are traveling on I-35 in North Iowa. Take... More

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Plover, Wisconsin
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This was one of those attractions that we didn't even know existed. What a find! Enjoyed the boyhood home and River City's reincarnated Main Street. Didn't have time to watch the video but wish we had. The only disappointment was that some of the interactive gadgets didn't work. Definitely a must see!

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Sydney, Australia
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648 reviews 648 reviews
314 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

You can pretend you are in the movie itself, there's lots to see and do. It's a huge wedding and party venue, deservedly so. You also get to tour the composers childhood home.

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