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Address: Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
Phone Number: 800-423-5724
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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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Good Addition to Music Man Tour

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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MASON CITY
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15 reviews
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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.

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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 

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Derby, Kansas
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377 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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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1 Thank NancyinDerby
Marietta, Georgia
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
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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Thank oaktownboy_37
Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This tour gave me such an appreciation of Meredith Willson and his talents. What a wonderful up-bringing he had and so many talents with the whole family.

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Thank 341jlb61
Melville, New York
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Very interesting. Did not know much prior but gained an appreciation of this important musical figure.

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Thank slichtma
Minnesota
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54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

If you love the Music Man you will really enjoy this tour. If you don't, but you like history and gorgeous old homes, you will still enjoy it! 6 dollars gets you into the home and Music Man Square!

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1 Thank Discobear
Solon, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is the childhood house in which Meredith Wilson and his two siblings grew up. The house, originally built in 1895, has been restored by local Mason City volunteers and has a lot of the original artifacts and furniture. If you appreciate the Queen Ann era design, this is a must. The cost of the home tour is included with... More 

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Thank Chuck D
East Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very personal small group tour of home with little known details about their lives. Not scripted was able to stop talk and TOUCH items. Beautiful home a must see if in Mason City

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Thank Lora J
CHicago, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Would have liked more info about the life of M Willson while on the tour. It was mostly about the house, which is nothing that special. Cannot recommend.

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