The Gold Rush

of the midwest

In the early 1900s, Muscatine, Iowa was known as “the Pearl Button Capital of the World.” It manufactured more than 1.5 billion mother-of-pearl buttons each year! The National Pearl Button Museum tells the story of the immigrant-entrepreneurs, the laborers, the buttons, and the mussels that put our town on the map.

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ADMISSION

Free Admission
(D
onations Encouraged)
$5 per adult
$2 per child

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HOURS

March – December:
Tues. – Sat., 10 – 4
January & February:
Fri. & Sat. Only

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About Us

Learn How The Humble Button Put Our Quiet River Town on the map!

In the early 1900s, Muscatine, Iowa was known as “the Pearl Button Capital of the World,” manufacturing more than 1.5 billion mother-of-pearl buttons annually, and 3/8ths of all pearl buttons sold in the world. Drawn from the natural bounty of mussels in the Mighty Mississippi, nearly everyone in town was employed by the luxury pearl button industry in one form or another. Our museum tells the story of the immigrant-entrepreneurs, the laborers, the buttons, and even the mussels!

VISITOR HIGHLIGHTS

A MUST SEE FOR GUYS & GALS!

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OUr corporate Sponsors

The National Pearl Button Museum thrives with the support of its corporate partners. The pearl pipeline of industrial history includes entrepreneurial and philanthropy that benefited not only Iowa, but the world. See their stories on display on the second floor of the museum.