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Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

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LoriH611 wrote a review Sep 2020
Springfield, Illinois88 contributions25 helpful votes
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here during a couple days exploring the Mason City/Clear Lake area. The museum has a very nice variety of collections displayed in a thoughtful and yet not too serious manner. Highlight for us was the extensive marionette collection, most donated by famous puppeteer Bill Baird, who was from Mason City. As a huge Sound of Music fan I was absolutely thrilled to see some of the marionettes from the movie’s famous lonely goatherd puppet show!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Hannah wrote a review Jun 2020
Altoona, Iowa41 contributions1 helpful vote
I was pleasantly surprised with this museum! Beautiful house and has a great view over the river! We enjoyed the paintings, puppets, and the Frank Lloyd Wright designs!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Mr Timothy Gobeli wrote a review Apr 2020
Mason City, Iowa4 contributions2 helpful votes
I like the free admission personally , very creative . Artistic culture in a society that basically has none.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Gerald E wrote a review Feb 2020
Garner64 contributions18 helpful votes
Attended a free movie (w/popcorn) & discovered what a great place this is for young & old alike. Staff are very friendly & the environment really gets you a mood to explore. Beautiful classic woodwork, windows overlooking landscaped lawn & stream, unique collection of puppets, LOTS of art work, etc. The movie was an 'indie' winning several awards: focused on the 'driftless' region of NE Ia/SW Wis. Just one of many events they provide year around. Stop by!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Alicia A wrote a review Feb 2020
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You won't be disappointed with your visit to the MacNider (free admission, donations are accepted). The collection includes something for everyone in a very inviting home-like atmosphere. The puppet/ marionette collection was fun and brought back many childhood memories. Spend some time meditating on the glassed-in porch overlooking the river. It was a rewarding experience, even in the dead of winter!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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