Experience the culture of living on the prairie through performing arts, statues, and murals all over Marshall.
Take note of the outdoor murals, painted by locals to showcase the beauty of Marshall’s cultures and experiences. Check out the events calendar to see where you can catch a concert or theater performance. When you visit Marshall, you will CULTIVATE the best EXPERIENCES in arts and theatre.
The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council is dedicated to building community through the arts: presenting art exhibitions and performances, promoting local artistic talents, and providing educational experiences. MAFAC fulfills its mission with its exhibit gallery, gift shop, performance series, classes, artist receptions and scholarships. Check out their art gallery exhibit at their location at Books on Third.
The Marshall Area Stage Company is a community theater organization formed in 1999. The organization is proud to enhance the cultural environment of southwestern Minnesota by providing musicals, children’s theater, radio dramas, reader’s theater and Shakespeare in the Park performances. While you’re in town, see what they have performing at one of the 21 venues in town.
The Southwest Minnesota State University’s outstanding theatre facilities include a 300-seat recently renovated proscenium theatre, an experimental Black Box Theatre which holds up to 200 people, and well-equipped scene and costume shops. The primary objective of SMSU’s theatre program is to provide a curriculum for the student interested in working in the professional theatre, attending theatre graduate school, or teaching theatre. See one of their many performances any time of the year. In the past, the SMSU Theatre Department has performed plays including ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘Leaving Iowa’, and ‘Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night’.
The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting and encouraging the development of the arts in the eighteen counties of southwestern Minnesota. SMAC serves as a source of funds and technical services which enable local organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to sponsor and/or create and promote the arts in their communities. Check out their website to see what you can experience in the area.
Located in the McFarland Library at SMSU, the William Whipple Gallery showcases 12 different exhibitions per year. These exhibits showcase works by SMSU students, alumni, regional and international artists. Admission to the art gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery’s hours coincide with library hours for the academic year.
Looking for some indoor entertainment in the area? Check out what is playing at the Marshall 6 Theatre. You can purchase tickets online or at the theatre to catch a show with the family or for a simple date night. Take an adventure or soak up the drama in the latest movie releases. The theatre has specials throughout the week, including $5.00 Movie Tuesdays. And don’t forget the popcorn!
Marshall is home to Schwan’s Food Company, maker of ice cream treats and novelties. Visit your nostalgia at the Lyon County Museum and sit in an old-fashioned diner while you treat yourself to Marshall’s own frozen goodies. After your treat, continue your trip through time and look into Lyon County’s past and learn how it’s changed through the years.
The Marshall-Lyon County Library is a community gathering place where the staff encourages reading, learning and exploring new ideas. The library is an indispensable resource to help its visitors succeed in a constantly changing world, regardless of their paths or goals. The library offers entertainment options for all ages, but be sure to check out the children’s library, which is filled with creative vibes and imagination.