Tu-Fri, 10am to 5pm; Sat/Sun, 1-5pm; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's; Closed Mondays.
No admission fee
Added to JGarden:
The garden at the Muscatine Art Center is associated with the Laura Musser Museum, a refurbished home of 1908. The garden was installed by Lauar Musser in 1920 or 1929 (there are conflicting records) and underwent extensive renovation in 1990.
Nestled on the shores of the Mississippi River, the Japanese garden consists of a series of waterfalls and ponds along a stream, Torii gate and Japanese bridges and pagodas. It's recommended that upon arriving at the Muscatine Art Center, you should request to see the 10-15 minute film of one of Laura Musser's famous parties held soon after the Japanese Garden was put in. Not only does it show how small the trees and shrubs were then (over 75 years ago), it also shows some of the famous Muscatine people of the 1920's dressed in costumes as famous movie stars. One of the highlights of our original Japanese Garden are the Yews which have grown to 50' tall Tree Form Yews. The high winds of the Iowa tornado season and the bitter cold winters and heavy snows have recently caused us to loose a few branches from these exotic unique shade trees. But they are still amazing and keep the top of our waterfall nicely shaded and cool in the summer. There are several original snow lanterns put in by Laura Musser and a small shrine house which once held a Buddha (though it disappeared in one of several acts of vandalism).
Available for weddings.
Parking is available on both Mulberry Ave and Cedar St.
Suddenly wonderful --
that each tiny islet from my porthold
should have a name.