Architectural Walking Tour

Architectural Walking Tours will take place every Saturday in the summer
from June 2 (skipping June 9 for MacNider Arts Festival) – September 1 (weather permitting) at 9 a.m.

Please call 641-421-3666 to register. The cost is $5 per person.
Melson house exterior

Prairie School Architecture

Explore Mason City’s treasured Prairie School architectural heritage. See the largest grouping of such homes on a unified site, ending at a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908, his first in Iowa.

To book a tour for your class/group please call 641-421-3666 or email at least two weeks in advance so we have time to schedule you a docent.

Scheduled tours are seasonal and take place every Saturday at 9 a.m. (for $5/person) from June through September (no tour on June 9 due to MacNider Arts Festival), weather permitting. Please call ahead to reserve your spot or if you are wondering about weather. Tours last around 45 minutes.

Cost of Tours

– Educational Groups will be given tours at no cost.
– Non-Educational groups will be charged $5 per person (minimum 10 participants).
– We can also arrange to do a “step on” tour for bus groups. Please call 641-421-3666 to arrange this at least two weeks ahead of time. Our docent would then get on your bus and the tour would be done by driving instead of walking. This price is the same $5 per person.

We sell Walking Tour Guide books at the museum for $5 each if you would rather do your own tour.