A pair of museum visitors marvel at a whimsical fish-shaped pink coffin crafted by artist Eric Adjetey Anang. Photo: University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art Facebook page
Winter so far has been a cakewalk compared to the caked-on snow we usually see this time of year. Still, it’s a good season to hang out indoors and take in some culture. Travel Iowa recommends 15 art museums across the state, including the three below:
Charles City: Seventy-seven works of art by Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali, Grant Wood and others are on display in the Charles City Public Library’s Mooney Art Collection. Arthur Mooney, who moved to Charles City as a child, bequeathed the collection to the library. After nearly 60 years in storage, a gallery was added to the library in 2000 to exhibit the artwork.
Davenport: The Figge Art Museum’s 3,000 permanent holdings are testimony to seven decades of philanthropy and civic pride. The collections, organized in seven areas, offer a distinct look at regional, national and international art from the 15th century to the present.
Mason City: The MacNider Art Museum is a Tudor-style mansion that features permanent exhibits of 19th- and 20th-century American art and the largest collection of puppets, marionettes and related props from the famous puppeteer Bil Baird, including the ones he created for “The Sound of Music.”