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Marion is creating a legacy for the future founded in high-quality, relevant and engaging public spaces. Learn about just a few of the amenities that add to the fabric of the community. 


Granger House Museum
970 10th St
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Granger House has been lovingly restored to its 1878 appearance. Demonstrations and seasonal activities bring Marion’s history to life.

Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
This beautiful Silver LEED certified facility is open year-round and features public art exhibit space and meeting rooms. It is surrounded by native prairie grasses, sculptures, a walking trail, community gardens and a greenhouse, and the new Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts. The center is home to the Marion Arts Council and houses the Marion Parks & Recreation Offices.

Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts
Born out of the Chamber of Commerce's community visioning process, Imagine8, the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts opened in 2014 and features a 50-foot-wide stage covered with an oak leaf-like sculptured canopy. It will host a myriad of public performing arts events as well as private celebrations.

Marion Heritage Center
590 10th St
A community center for educational programs, historical displays, art exhibits, and cultural events.

Marion Public Library
The Marion Public Library promotes cultural engagement, lifelong learning, and personal development for audiences of all backgrounds and ages by providing collections and services that educate, inform, enrich, and entertain. The library hosts various authors and informational presentations throughout the year and is the 6th busiest library in the state.

Uptown Artway
Marion's Uptown Artway has given the community's downtown district new life. The space features nine, permanent public art installations and serves as a pedestrian destination and community “living room,” with new restaurants, pubs, gathering spaces and lighting to illuminate the night scene.