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National Pearl Button Museum

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Historic Tour of a River Town

This is a great museum for something to do on a rainy day. Also fun if you were born and raised in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mollyg508
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Chicago, Illinois
Fun day trip

We've been here before but this time brought California family with us. Everyone enjoyed it! Neat... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Artsvarc
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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The ultimate museum for the pearl button enthusiast! The pearl button industry, the "gold rush of the Midwest", centered in the Pearl Button Capital of the World of the early 1900's. Muscatine's entrepreneurial & philanthropic stories from the...more
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117 W 2nd St, Muscatine, IA 52761-3714
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum for something to do on a rainy day. Also fun if you were born and raised in Muscatine.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mollyg508
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here before but this time brought California family with us. Everyone enjoyed it! Neat local history.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Very nice people working. Exhibits are easy to follow and well displayed. Very educational for kids and adults.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2018

Truly a piece of Americana that should be celebrated and preserved. We loved the museum and Terry's first hand knowledge of this fascinating part of our past. Not to be missed if you are anywhere near Muscadine, IA.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

Fascinating history of the button industry in Muscatine. The guide was a wealth of historical and ecological information. Great movies and displays. Did you know during its heyday 1/3 of all the button sold in the world were from Muscatine? And that the town had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

My husband grew up in Muscatine and we were there visiting family. Before we left we had to stop and visit this story of the city, it was informational and the couple working it were very helpful. Great experience!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Had a great time learning about Muscatine history! Very informative. The quide was very nice and knowledgable of the clamming and button industry of the area. I plan on going back with the Grand kids.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 704cyndis
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We had such a wonderful time at the button museum! Terry was so kind to give us a tour and was so informative! We learned things that we had no idea about and so interesting. A must see in Muscatine!!!!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cemeevans
Reviewed August 14, 2018

You definitely need to stop in for the history of pearl buttons and how they impacted Muscatine and beyond. Terry was a wealth of information beyond all the history displayed. We loved hearing the stories. He lives and breathes Muscatine. Go upstairs as well. You...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Janelle_travel
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Thank you to everyone involved in keeping history if this button making for all to learn about and enjoy. Presented so well. Tour brief, and very informative. Displays contain beautiful jewelry, useful household items, etc. My husband even thought it was interesting!🤣

Date of experience: August 2018
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