All Cultural & Historic

  • Cannonball 457

    Built in 1912, this last remaining Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway steam locomotive – No. 457, the “Cannonball” – has been restored to reflect its appearance in the late 1920’s. Surrounded by the Cannonball Gardens, the site also features a relaxing landscape of terraces and patios. The Educational Plaza tells Read more [...]

  • Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

    A North Iowa cultural treasure, the museum includes a permanent collection of American art, the famous Bil Baird puppets, and an impressive range of ceramics. Genuinely an active center for the Arts, the museum offers changing exhibits, films, studio classes, special events, Imagination Playground, and a museum shop. More information Read more [...]

  • Kinney Pioneer Museum

    Take a step back in time and experience life on the Iowa frontier through the vintage exhibits and living history at the Kinney Pioneer Museum. Explore the pioneer village featuring a one-room school house, log cabin, jail, and blacksmith shop and more. Physical Address: 9184 265th Street, Clear Lake, IA Read more [...]

  • Mason City Veterans Monument

    Veterans monument honoring over 3,300 veterans with connections to Mason City. The monument features 12 Black India Granite stones, each standing 8 feet high and weighing 4,000 pounds. Located in the heart of Downtown Mason City, in Central Park.

  • Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

    This restored 1895 modified Queen Ann house was the birthplace and boyhood home of songwriter and playwright of “The Music Man,” Meredith Willson. More information about Meredith Willson Hours: Tues. – Sun. 1pm-5pm; closed holidays. Admission: (cost includes both The Music Man Square and Willson Boyhood Home) $10 adults, $5 students. Read more [...]

  • Prairie School Architectural Tour

    Self-guided tour of the largest group of Prairie School designed homes on a unified site, located in the Rock Crest & Rock Glen area.  Architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, William Drummond, Francis Barry Byrne, and more. The Prairie School Tour encompasses 14 blocks and Historical Tour Read more [...]

  • River City Sculptures on Parade

    Various locations in downtown Mason City (view Sculpture Walk map) River City Sculptures on Parade is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round. Delight in the sights and sounds of downtown Mason City while experiencing the unique sculpture works of artists from all over the country. Self guided tour Read more [...]

  • The Music Man Footbridge

    Named in honor of Meredith Willson, Mason City native and internationally renowned composer of “The Music Man,” this bridge spans across Willow Creek and is featured on the Prairie School Architectural Tour / Historical Walking Tour. Located on 2nd Street SE, connecting River Heights Drive and South Connecticut Avenue. More information Read more [...]

  • The Music Man Square

    The Music Man Square features an indoor 1912 streetscape with an ice cream parlor and gift shop, all in set designs recreated from the Warner Bros. motion picture The Music Man. There’s also an interactive museum highlighting Meredith Willson memorabilia and music-related exhibits and exploratorium. Plus, visit the restored 1895 Read more [...]