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At the National Pearl Button Museum we take COVID 19 seriously and we take your safety seriously. At our front desk we provide masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to any guests who need them. We make great efforts to clean and sanitize the museum’s common areas regularly. We appreciate your help.

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The National Pearl Button Museum receives an Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Grant


A total of 267 cultural organizations and 152 artists serving 118 Iowa communities will receive a share of $7 million in grants announced December 22 by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated the funding, made possible by the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on Dec. 2. The department launched the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program the same day and received more than 550 requests totaling more than $36 million.

The National Pearl Button Museum @ The History and Industry center was fortunate to be a recipient of one of these generous Recovery grants which will allow us to continue our mission despite considerable funding challenges in 2020. We are grateful for this critical support and want to thank The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Governor Reynolds, and all of our Representatives and Senators who supported the CARES Act at this time of need.

A National Treasure Story

The National Pearl Button Museum @ The History and Industry Center proudly tells Muscatine’s story in becoming the Pearl Button Capital of the World. Today, Muscatine thrives through entrepreneurship and manufacturing. The museum thrives today with your support to collect, preserve and interpret local industrial and entrepreneurial history, highlighting the past, present and future of the Muscatine area.

We stayed the weekend in Muscatine Iowa and had the opportunity to tour the National Pearl Button Museum. I thought to myself that this is just a button museum but I was so wrong. Yes it is about buttons but more specifically Pearl Buttons. Terry gave us an tour and told us the incredible story behind Pearl Buttons and Clams. The passion and enthusiasm Terry has telling the story makes you want to know more. We had an awesome time. This is a MUST SEE if you are in Muscatine Iowa.

Carol Bock

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The National Pearl Button Museum thrives with the support of its corporate partners.  The Pearl Pipeline of Industrial History includes entrepreneurial & philanthropy that benefited not only Iowa but the World.  See their stories on display on the second floor of the Museum.