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Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

303 Second Street South East

The Charles H. MacNider Museum is a non-profit, municipally owned institution conceived in 1964 and opened by 1966 in Mason City, Iowa.Everything the Museum does is educational or aesthetic in nature centering around working with objects of art.


By entering into a partnership with our regional community, the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum seeks to engage diverse audiences in the visual arts and through them sustain a thriving environment in which American art and exceptional collections are collected, enjoyed, and understood.  Our commitment to professional museum standards is a central part of our public trust and responsibility to current and future generations.


jim elliott

Friday, April 20, 2018
Views we're great but a wedding was been performed, so I did not get to see all of them. The art is displayed very well. The building is interesting and comfortable. It is all well maintained and clean. There are restrooms. It is a smaller collection that features a local historic display of puppets and marionettes.

Joel Drzycimski

Friday, May 18, 2018
Mason City is not a town known for its art culture, but the MacNider museum is the exception to the rule. Walking through the museum is an enjoyable experience. The museum has a small, but nice variety of pieces on display. For the low price of FREE, it's worth an hour or two to walk around and appreciate the art.

Catherine Belles

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Small but eclectic collection free to the public. Beautiful location and setting. Staff and volunteers are very friendly

Cathy McKervey

Sunday, April 22, 2018
A true masterpiece in itself.. what a collection..well done! The museum is a treasure in a beautiful small town that is full of history, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and sculptures galore around the city.

Randy Nibbe

Monday, April 30, 2018
Scope of the collection is impressive. Incorporation of traditional and modern is thoughtfully presented. Seeing the puppets from Sound of Music is a unique bonus.

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