All Cultural & Historic

  • Cannonball 457

    The Cannonball 457, built in 1912 is the 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. Read more [...]

  • Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

    The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, is 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 Read more [...]

  • Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery

    The Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery is a scenic and serene setting for visitors looking to capture a glimpse of the past, celebrate life, and learn more about the community’s history. This park-like cemetery is home to 70 acres of beautiful grounds that now serve as the final resting place for thousands Read more [...]

  • Jefferson Highway Heritage Byway

    Discover small towns, rural vistas, and architectural treasures on a two-lane road trip along the historic Jefferson Highway! Named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson, the Jefferson Highway is one of America’s earliest automobile highways. The historic north-south U.S. border-to-border route runs over 2,300 miles from Winnipeg to New Orleans. 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

    Honoring more than 3,300 veterans with local connections, the Mason City Veterans Monument features 12 Black India Granite stones, each standing 8-feet high and weighing 4,000 pounds. Located in Central Park – in the heart of downtown Mason City – the memorial is a beautiful spot for veterans, their families, Read more [...]

  • Meredith Willson Boyhood Home

    Tour the 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meredith Willson Boyhood Home is closed to the public until further notice. Group Tour Information: Read more [...]

  • Prairie School Architectural Tour

    Discover why Mason City, Iowa is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler among “The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers” as you explore the Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District. The largest collection of Prairie-style homes surrounding a natural setting features architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, Read more [...]

  • River City Sculptures on Parade

    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 starts in downtown and loops through the cultural crescent which Read more [...]

  • The Music Man Footbridge

    Named in honor of Meredith Willson, Mason City native and internationally renowned composer of “The Music Man,” this footbridge spans across Willow Creek and is featured on the Prairie School Architectural Tour / Historical Walking Tour. The Music Man Footbridge is located at 2nd Street SE, connecting River Heights Drive 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 [...]