by Jessica Waytenick •

Address: Muscatine Convention & Visitors Bureau, 215 Sycamore St. in Muscatine, Iowa

Muscatine is located just 30 minutes southwest from the metro Quad Cities. 
Phone: 563-272-2534 
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Hours: Contact the office (563-272-2534) for more information
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Located on a gentle bend in the Mississippi River, just a short drive from metropolitan Quad Cities sits the charming town of Muscatine, Iowa. From its simple beginnings as a trading post for Native Americans in the 1830's to its current day population of 23,000 and its strong industrial base, this "Pearl of the Mississippi" has a history rich in culture, commerce, and community.

Visitors can experience Muscatine's unique past as the "Pearl Button Capitol of the World" at the Muscatine History and Industry Center. Located downtown, this museum offers visitors a glimpse into Muscatine's role in the pearl button industry. From the late 1800's through the early 1900's, Muscatine's button factories produced nearly 37% of all the pearl buttons manufactured in the world, from clamshells harvested from the bottom of the mighty Mississippi.

After visiting the Muscatine History and Industry Center, visitors can stroll along Second Street in historic downtown Muscatine. There, they will find a variety of quaint little shops offering antiques, fine furniture, women's clothing and accessories, fine art, handcrafted items, books, gifts and more.

Featuring dozens of magnificent homes, the historic neighborhoods of Muscatine are a testament to the prosperity of Muscatine's past. One home is particularly outstanding, the Musser Mansion. The Edwardian-style home was built in 1908 by an ultra-wealthy lumber baron. Today, the Musser Mansion is part of the Muscatine Art Center Complex and is open for the public to enjoy. The Art Center features one of the most comprehensive collections of Mississippi River Art in the Midwest, as well as changing national exhibits. Also at the Muscatine Art Center, a Japanese Garden brings a touch of the orient to this outstanding former home and features a Torii Gate, footbridges, stone pagodas, and a wooden house shrine.

Weed Park Rose Garden is a memorial rose garden is accredited by the All America Rose Selections organization, and a new commemorative zoo garden has been added with a rugged trail and other animal-themed gardens. The Monsanto research facility boasts a certified one-acre butterfly garden.

Muscatine County includes several historic sites, like the Pine Creek Grist Mill, located in Wild Cat Den State Park. Built in 1848 by Muscatine County's first settler, Benjamin Nye, the mill now is Iowa's oldest operational mill. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mill is a "must see" and is open to the public during warmer months. The mill hosts hundreds of schoolchildren each year as part of the park's comprehensive educational program. Visit for more information.

Muscatine is also known for its farming heritage. From the Melon Markets on “the Island” to llama and buffalo breeding farms, agricultural tours offer unique and informative opportunities for visitors and residents alike. Each facility offers tours and gift shops to enhance your experience.


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