How to participate –

BIDDING – Bidding takes place on the auction website here – You register with basic contact information and start entering bids into the items you are interested in. You will not be asked to enter any payment info at registration.

If you don’t feel comfortable bidding online or don’t have an email address but want to participate, please contact the museum at 641-421-3666. We can help handle the bidding for you. 

ITEM VIEWING – If there is an auction item that you’d like to view in person before bidding on, just let us know! Many of the items are set up in our Salsbury Room and can be viewed by request. This will be done during regular business hours, please ask the receptionist first.

After the auction – 

WINNER NOTIFICATION – You should be notified through the website BUT you can also call the museum with questions.

WINNER PAYMENT – Starting on Dec. 8 we will be contacting winners to arrange payment. Payment will be done through the museum. We accept credit card (over the phone is fine), check (by mail is OK), or cash.

PICKUP – We ask that items be picked up between 10am-5pm on December 9-12 and December 15-19. If these pickup times do not work please call 641-421-3666 to make alternate plans. Curbside pickup or touchless drop-off can be arranged.

DELIVERY – Delivery can be arranged if located in Cerro Gordo County (Iowa).

SHIPPING – Gift certificates or gift cards can be mailed. No other items will be shipped.

2020 Artoberfest  Update

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is pleased to announce the return, with changes, of it’s annual fall event, Artoberfest.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the museum staff, board, and Artoberfest committee felt the best strategy was to turn the 2020 Artoberfest fundraiser into an online experience. The auction will go online, with the public being able to view and bid on fantastic items for one week, from November 30 at 8am until December 7 at 8pm. In addition to the auction, the museum will enlist help from several artists and local celebrities to create one-of-a-kind (but functional) face masks. These inventive masks will also be auctioned off.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to support the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in a new way. You can call 641-421-3666 for more details.

This event is sponsored by: ITC Midwest, LLC, Henkel Construction, Kingland Systems Corporation, North Iowa Community Credit Union, Bergland & Cram Architects, CENT Credit Union, Central Park Dentistry, Clear Lake Bank and Trust, Demro Orthodontics, First Citizens Bank, Hawkeye Auto Body, Hogan-Hansen, North Iowa Women’s Self-Defense Initiative, NSB Bank, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., and the Generous People of North Iowa


Frequently Asked Questions About Artoberfest
with updates for 2020

What is Artoberfest?
Artoberfest is a fundraiser for the Charles H. MacNider Art Musuem. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 event will be an online auction. The event normally involves patrons sampling beers or wines, listening to great live music, enjoying scrumptious food, and participating in silent and live auctions – all to benefit the museum. We will miss our regular, fun event but appreciate everyone willing to participate safely from home this year!

What is the date and time?
The online auction will last one week, starting Monday, November 30 and ending on Monday, December 7.

Where is the location?
Online –

How much are tickets?
There are no tickets this year because the event is online, you can however make a monetary donation. For online bidding you will need to enter some basic contact information. Bidders must be 21+.

Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds will benefit the operations of the MacNider Art Museum. Each year the museum has a variety of programs, exhibits, and classes for the public. While we do receive partial city funding the Museum is responsible for earning up to 1/2 of its own revenue.

Are tickets available at the door?
Again, just an online event – no tickets but monetary donations appreciated!

What is the suggested attire?
Whatever you are most comfortable in!

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