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Meredith Wilson boyhood home

Very informative. Great inside information. Loved the home and the museum. Fabulous instruments... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Childhood home

The Meredith Wilson Boyhood Home forms many of the impressions from which the Music Man emerges... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
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Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City house.
Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very informative. Great inside information. Loved the home and the museum. Fabulous instruments. Knowledgeable staff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank melissakay59
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

The Meredith Wilson Boyhood Home forms many of the impressions from which the Music Man emerges. This is included in The Museum admission and is a must see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AngusDad
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Park next door at The Music Man Square....the house is located just a few steps away. Lovingly restored by ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!! Otherwise, the home would have been torn down. Docent guides are very personable & full of knowledge. There is an ADA bathroom downstairs BUT...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rebel500
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Enjoyed seeing where the talented Wilson children grew up. Their mother was a big influence in their creativity, I’m sure. She added smart touches to the home, additional circulation for one.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gladi507
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Was reminiscing about my stop in Mason City during RAGBRAI 2014, and realized that a) I have more pics from this wonderful attraction, and 2) I didn't review the homestead. At the time I visited, I lived in an 1890s house, and I recall studying...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Karen D
Reviewed June 22, 2018

Meredith Wilson's home is a hidden gem. Our tour guide did a fantastic job of giving us the history of the house and the Wilson family. Very interesting.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mary G
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

The home is by tour only and is included in the $10 museum fee. Go into the glass doors of the building behind the home to enter the museum. The home has been restored after being a rental home for awhile. A few pieces of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Carrie N
Reviewed February 6, 2018

Included in the ticket price for Music Man Square next door, you can take a guided tour of Meredith Willson's boyhood home. It is a short tour with a docent to share many interesting stories about the family, the history of the home, and many...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

Guided tour of Meredith Wilson's boyhood home.The house is just beautiful.It was decorated quite lovely for Christmas.It is 10 dollars but the admission includes the square and museum.I am not even familiar with the Music Man but I enjoyed it immensely.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank bombcheles
Reviewed September 24, 2017

A fine example of homes of the era. The guide was very interesting and had many stories of the family and their accomplishments.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Gary C
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October 22, 2017|
Response from MrsPickle | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry I don’t remember but not expensive. It’s included in the fee to Music Man Square.