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Art Center

  1. Older than the State of Iowa: Muscatine Journal 175th Anniversary

    June 4, 10:00 AM - July 30, 5:00 PM @ Musser Mansion Gallery

    “Older than the State of Iowa” is one boast that the Muscatine Journal can make. The paper began in 1840 as the “Bloomington Herald” and has documented the local response as national events, changes in transportation and technology, and politics, including statehood itself, have touched the lives of people living in this community. The change of the City’s name from Bloomington to Muscatine in 1849 brought about a new name for the paper as it became the “Muscatine Journal”. The exhibition marking the 175th anniversary of the paper includes an interesting chronology with Orion Clemens purchasing an interest in the Journal in 1853 and the first issue of the “Daily Journal” in 1855. The exhibition will include artifact related to photography, printing processes, special editions, and facility changes. Photo: MUSCATINE JOURNAL carriers Roger Bates (left) and Pete Hatfield on their paper delivery route, circa 1963, Collection Muscatine Journal

  2. Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper

    June 4, 10:00 AM - August 2, 5:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center Stanley Gallery

    The exhibit “Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper” features 26 bicycles dating from 1886 to 1979. Among the earliest bicycles in Charlie’s collection are the ‘highwheelers’, dating to the late 1880s. An 1886 Victor Ordinary Bicycle (with a 50” front wheel) by Overman Wheel Co. and an 1888 Columbia Expert Bicycle by Pope Manufacturing Co. are among the oldest featured in the exhibition. The exhibition documents the changing technology and design of American bicycles. Charlie’s collection includes a 1939 Ladies Mead Ranger, the “Cadillac of Bikes”- a 1953 Black Phantom boy’s bicycle, and a 1962 Cycle Truck. Antique bike accessories and equipment round out the exhibition, including lights and lamps, horns, saddles or seats, tires and wheels and bicyclist’s tools. Photograph of Unidentified Man with Bicycle, Oscar Grossheim, circa 1900, Gift of Mrs. L. C. Flannery

  3. Closed for the Fourth of July

    July 3, 8:00 AM - July 4, 5:00 PM @ 1314 Mulberry Avenue

    We will be closed for the Fourth of July Holiday. We will reopen our regular hours on Sunday, July 5 at 1:00 PM.

  4. Get Into Music - Trombone with Dick Marr

    July 9, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Muscatine Art Center Studio

    A musician from the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will bring his or her instrument and demonstrate how to play it, explain how it works, and answer children's questions. The Art Center staff will conclude classes with an activity or story related to the featured instrument.

  5. Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper

    July 9, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Stanley Gallery

    Join Charlie Harper for a guided walking tour of his amazing collection.

  6. Bicycling Through History: Iowa's Love Affair with Two-Wheeled Travel

    July 16, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Music Room, Muscatine Art Center

    State Historical Museum of Iowa Curator Leo Landis will present “Bicycling Through History: Iowa’s Love Affair with Two-Wheeled Travel” . As part of his presentation, Landis will discuss how cycling started as a pastime of wealthy men and became a recreational opportunity all Iowans can enjoy. He will also share stories of cycling from across the state, ranging from the first bicycles in the 1860s to John Entler’s scrapbooks highlighting his stove and bicycle shop in Bonaparte in the late 1800s. Riding Through History was developed in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation and The Des Moines Register and Register Media, who ensure RAGBRAI’s tradition continues as the longest, largest and oldest bicycle event in the world. Visit to learn more. Photo:Curator for the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Leo Landis, with Team Whiners in the Riding Through History Exhibit. Photo courtesy of State Historical Museum of Iowa.

City Council Calendar

  1. In-Depth City Council Meeting

    July 9, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

  2. Regular City Council Meeting

    July 16, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers

Main City Calendar

  1. Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting

    July 7, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ City Hall Council Chambers
    Muscatine, IA 52761