Exhibit featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara highlights Mason City’s Fall Art Scene

Mason City is a feast for the senses this fall. Cultural arts are thriving with festivals, exhibits and events that highlight music, masterpieces and food. You won’t want to miss experiencing the many enthralling events (and beautiful weather) that will be in abundance this season.


The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is among North Iowa’s many cultural treasures.

One of Mason City’s most anticipated exhibits Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home is now open at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. The exhibition explores the creation of a Wright house through the eyes of a client who spent more than fifty years fulfilling the renowned architect’s Usonian vision. An impressive compilation of original furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and video are all on view in this immersive exhibition, on display through October 31st.

Visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara have the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the values of a young Indiana couple worked in tandem with Wright’s vision to create one family’s definition of an American dream home.


‘Spirit of Mercury’ designed by Richard Bock at the request of Frank Lloyd Wright for use in light fixtures in the City National Bank.

In conjunction with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home the Museum is also hosting the Richard Bock: Master of the Human Form exhibition. This exhibit brings treasures from the Richard Bock Museum in Greenville, Illinois to the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum and tells the story of a professional artist and his devotion to the perfect human form.

Bock’s work eventually led him to connect with the famous Frank Lloyd Wright on a number of projects. Including the now famous “Mercury” statues that once adorned Mason City’s City National Bank. Richard Bock: Master of the Human Form will be on display through November 14.

On Saturday, November 7th at 2 p.m. Dr. Sharron Grimes will present Richard W. Bock, an American Sculptor at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.  This event is free and open to the public.


“Sonrise” is one of 36 sculptures that visitors will see along the sculpture walk throughout downtown Mason City.

Fall is also a great time to admire the season’s kaleidoscope of color while breathing in the cool, crisp air. Ahhhhh… Whether you’re exploring the historic Rock Glen-Rock Crest district on the Architectural Walking Tour or enjoying the River City Sculptures on Parade, nature’s beauty is all around.

But wait, there’s more…

If festive family fun is what you desire, Mason City has just what you’re looking for. Enjoy the flavors of the season at the Kinney-Pioneer Museum’s  annual Cider & Donut Day on Sunday, September 27th, beginning at 1 p.m. Fresh-pressed apple cider, warm and sugary homemade donuts, apple bobbing, bake sale and so much more.


Bavarian dancers take to the streetscape of 1912 River City during the Music Man Square’s annual Germanfest event.

Munich’s annual Octoberfest celebration may be drawing to a close, but don’t pack away the Lederhosen and Dirndl just yet. The Music Man Square’s annual Germanfest is a great opportunity for you to nod your head and tap your feet to the festive sounds of Polka and twirl along in a Bavarian dance. Pretzels, root beer floats, ice cream and great family fun all in the old-timely atmosphere of Music Man Square on Sunday, October 4th. Festivities begin at Noon.

Many other great fall events are taking place in Mason City this season. Start planning your getaway at VisitMasonCityIowa.com today.


About visitmasoncityiowa

Mason City, Iowa is best known as the hometown of "The Music Man", Meredith Willson. This charming town also showcases Prairie School Architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is home to the only remaning hotel in the world designed by Wright. The largest selection of Bil Baird puppets can also be found right here in Mason City, located in North Central Iowa.

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