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Address: Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mason City, IA 50401
Phone Number: +1 800-423-5724
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Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City...

Willson, composer of "The Music Man," grew up in this Mason City house.

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Interesting!!

We went during the summer, but earlier in the day (they open at 1pm and that is when we went). It was terrific to see what it was like when he and his siblings were growing up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Sara R
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Clear Lake, Minnesota
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Clear Lake, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went during the summer, but earlier in the day (they open at 1pm and that is when we went). It was terrific to see what it was like when he and his siblings were growing up. However, it is not handicap accessible, so my friend couldn't go upstairs and that is where so much of the more interesting stuff... More 

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East Greenville, PA
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25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Beautiful tribute to Meredith Wilson and his musical "The Music Man". Quaint town along the river. Also seen a hotel and house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Both are beautiful.

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Thank sher
Wisconsin
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212 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We were there on a holiday so it was closed, but we were able to walk around the house and the museum. The entire square is too good to pass up. Lots of wonderful statues and architecture.

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Thank Voice1234
Rochester, Minnesota
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299 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Janice was our docent and gave us a great tour of a house built 100+ years ago. Told us of the Willson family history and how his family shaped him. While most furnishings are not original, they are period appropriate.

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Thank RonJmn
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

The tour of the home was at the end of the tour of Music Man Square. We were disappointed that we couldn't view this separately. The home is very well kept up and the tour was interesting but the docent didn't seem comfortable with her material so that detracted a bit. I would highly recommend this tour if you could... More 

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Tour included with the Music Man Square. Very informative tour about Meredith Willson and his family. Has original furnishings donated by his brother's family.

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Williamsville
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302 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We enjoyed the tour of Meredith Willson's Boyhood Home in conjunction with visiting Music Man Square. We had a great guide, and we received a wealth of information about the history of the home and the family.

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Centerville, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Loved being able to walk around the house and see all of it, including the attic....my favorite part of the museum.

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Thank GleoiteGaru
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133 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I was unaware of the story of Meredith Wilson however the home and music man square provide a vast amount of insight. Original pieces in the home as well as well educated tour guides provide a vast amount of back story as well as individual stories for each member of the family.

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Thank Jeremy C
Jackson, Wisconsin
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172 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We arrived very late in the day, but convinced our docent to take us through. We had a half hour and it sufficed for the 2 of us to walk through and see the home. Lots of original items and photos of the family. We heard several interesting stories. Our docent was fantastic - friendly, knowledgeable. Photography allowed as long... More 

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