Muscatine, Iowa: National Pearl Button Museum

Muscatine was once the Pearl Button Capital of the World. In the museum, learn the easy trick to distinguish a pearl from a plastic button, which can't be revealed here.

117 W. 2nd St., Muscatine, IA
Downtown, on the north side of W. 2nd St., between Iowa Ave. and Chestnut St.
Tu-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
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National Pearl Button Museum.

National Pearl Button Museum

The museum tells the history of Muscatine's 75-year-reign as the Pearl Button Capital of the World.

[Mary, 06/10/2020]

Muscatine cranked out 1.5 billion pearl buttons a year in the early 20th century. Nearly two-thirds of the city's population made their living in the pearl button business.

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