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The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

MacNider Art MuseumAnother historic building in Mason City is home to The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Gen. Charles Hanford "Jack" MacNider (1889 - 1968) was born in Mason City and became a successful businessman and industrialist. In the 1960's the MacNider family purchased and donated an historic home to serve as a museum. Today the museum is home to one of the nation's best collections of American art, as well as the treasured "World of Puppets" collection. The puppets in the collection are the work of renowned puppeteer and Mason City High School graduate Bil Baird (1904 - 1987) and include the marionettes used in the "Sound of Music." Visit Charles H. MacNider Art Museum at

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