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Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

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Address: Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
Phone Number: 800-423-5724

Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City...

Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City house.

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Tour included with the Music Man Square

Tour included with the Music Man Square. Very informative tour about Meredith Willson and his family. Has original furnishings donated by his brother's family.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pamela H
North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tour included with the Music Man Square. Very informative tour about Meredith Willson and his family. Has original furnishings donated by his brother's family.

Thank Pamela H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the tour of Meredith Willson's Boyhood Home in conjunction with visiting Music Man Square. We had a great guide, and we received a wealth of information about the history of the home and the family.

Thank pasbuffalo
Centerville, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Loved being able to walk around the house and see all of it, including the attic....my favorite part of the museum.

Thank GleoiteGaru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I was unaware of the story of Meredith Wilson however the home and music man square provide a vast amount of insight. Original pieces in the home as well as well educated tour guides provide a vast amount of back story as well as individual stories for each member of the family.

Thank Jeremy C
Jackson, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We arrived very late in the day, but convinced our docent to take us through. We had a half hour and it sufficed for the 2 of us to walk through and see the home. Lots of original items and photos of the family. We heard several interesting stories. Our docent was fantastic - friendly, knowledgeable. Photography allowed as long... More 

Thank Gwenbry
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

We visited Musicman Square and a visit to Meredith Willson boyhood home next door was part of the museum experience. The house was very interesting to view with period furniture and items and pictures of the Willson family. we were guided through the home by an informative lady who clearly knew a lot about the Willson home. Thank you for... More 

Thank Darren W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The home is nicely restored. The docents give good information. Merideth Wilson is a favorite son of Mason City. Just nothing here that is really greatly interesting.

Thank NEIL M
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This home must be viewed with the Music Man Museum (single cost of admission). Originally, we thought we could bypass it, but once in, the docent provided us with a very informative and humorous tour. Naturally, Willson's Music Man history was prominent, but the tour was also valuable for the general historical significance of the house style. It's not one... More 

Thank Elepaio_Travels
Derby, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Mason City wisely placed Music Man Square adjacent to the boyhood home of Meredith Wilson since they do go together. Meredith Wilson was the master that wrote the beloved musical Music Man This house built in 1895 has been beautifully restored so you can appreciate the Queen Anne style.

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I'm not sure why I got credited with a separate review for Willson's Boyhood Home among my contributions listed on my Trip Advisor profile. I simply included our tour of Willson's home in my review of Music Man Square, posted on Sept. 8, 2013. The tour was included, by the way, in the $6 ticket price for Music Man Square,... More 

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