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Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

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Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
+1 800-423-5724
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Neat piece of history

The home is by tour only and is included in the $10 museum fee. Go into the glass doors of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carrie N
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From Midwestern Beginnings to "The Music Man"

Included in the ticket price for Music Man Square next door, you can take a guided tour of Meredith... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2018
KansasExplorer5115
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City house.
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Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Carrie N
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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

Thank KansasExplorer5115
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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.

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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.

Thank Gary C
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

The docent led tour is included with the ticket price for the Music Man Square. The house is interesting and the craftsmanship is really great. You can't tour this house without the docent. The docent was quite knowledgeable about Meredith Willson and his family.

Thank MrsPickle
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Reviewed August 18, 2017

When seeking out the Music Man Square, unknowingly discovered that this is where Meredith Wilson's boyhood home is as well. I must say that I know very little about this man other than the Music Man musical play and the movie. I have seen several...More

Thank traveltheworld012
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

As big fans of The Music Man this was of real interest to us, but even if you aren't super familiar with Wilson this is a cool activity to do in Mason City. Our tour guide was wonderful and we learned a lot about Wilson...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

I was there with a friend of mine and I thought this was a very nice home for the period of time that it was built.

Thank MattStreit
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

The tour admission to The Music Man Museum (also a must-see!) includes a tour of Meredith Willson's childhood home. Much of the original furniture and artifacts can be seen in this beautiful home. We even got to go up into the attic! Great fun!

Thank cynsha
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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide was great and lots of background info about the family. The house is very well maintained. We were the only ones there late on a Friday afternoon.

Thank Nancy M
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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.
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