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Aitkin County Historical Society and Depot Museum Complex
The Aitkin County
Historical Society holds two properties:
The Depot Museum, a 1916 Northern Pacific Railroad
Depot, houses exhibits and artifacts related Aitkin County
riverboating and area history.
Log Museum is the former home of the society and was
built in 1950 from native cedar logs. It focuses on the
logging history in Aitkin County.
Anoka County History Center and Library
Devoted to the
preservation and interpretation of the history of Anoka,
Minnesota, the museum features artifacts and historical
documents related to local history. Located at 2135 3rd
Avenue in Anoka, MN.
Beltrami County History Center
Housed inside the
1912 James J. Hill Railroad Depot, the museum features exhibits
related to the early history of Beltrami County, Minnesota.
There is a large collection of American Indian artifacts
included in the museum collections. The center also operates a research library with local genealogy
collections. Located at 130 Minnesota Avenue SW in
Benton County Historical Society and Museum
historical displays related to the history of Benton County,
Minnesota, the museum holds a large collection of genealogical
items such as naturalization records, old newspapers, plat maps,
high school year books and other historical documents.
Located at 218 1st Street North in Sauk Rapids, MN.
Clinton Historic Depot
The historic train
depot was built in 1885 for the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul
Railroad. The building has been refurbished and today
contains a small museum focused on the history of Clinton,
Minnesota. Located at 327 W. 2nd Street in Clinton, MN.
Brown County Museum of History
County Map of Historic Sites and Monuments]
Housed in the
German Renaissance style 1910 Post Office, the museum is
dedicated to the preservation, display and interpretation of the
history of Brown County, Minnesota. The museum features
antique furniture, household items and other historical
artifacts. There is also a research library on the
premises where researchers can browse family files, photographs,
and other historical documents. Located at 2 North
Broadway in New Ulm, MN.
Fort Hanaska Historic Site and Park
The historic site
features the 1850s Omsrud-Torgrimson log cabin and an old fort
site where Fort Hanaska stood in the 1800s to protect settlers
from the Sioux Indians. Archaeological excavations have
uncovered artifacts of prehistoric hunting people in this
area from 500 BC to 1000 AD. The entrance to the park is
off County Road 11 about 1/2 mile north of County Road 6 near
the bottom edge of Brown County.
John Lind Historic House
Sleepy Eye Depot Museum
Wanda Gag House
The Depot and Fires of 1918 Museum
Located in Moose Lake, Minnesota, the former Soo
Line Depot contains exhibits about the history of area
railroads. You will also learn about the 1918 fire, one of
Minnesota's worst disasters.
Carver County Historical Museum [History
The museum houses
five local exhibits, a veterans exhibit and a local history and
genealogy library. Located across the street from Bayview
Elementary School at 555 West First Street in Waconia, MN.
Historic Chippewa City
A glance back to the
past is offered at this historical village. 151 Pioneer
Drive, Montevideo, MN.
Olof Swensson Farm
farmhouse was built in 1901 by Olof Swensson. The property
includes a 22 room brick farm house, an 1890s barn, a grist mill
and the family cemetery. Historic farm implements and
artifacts are on display. Located on County Road 6, just
outside of Montevideo.
Folsom House Museum
Built in 1855, the
house was home to W. H. C. Folsom, the lumber baron. Now
open for tours. Located at 272 W. Government Street in
Taylors Falls, MN.
Gustaf Anderson Historic House in Lindstrom
Clay County Historical Museum
Exhibits tell the history of the Red River Valley and the
Clay County area.
Located in the lower
level of the Hjemkomst Center at 202 1st Avenue North in
Built in 1882, the
house was home to Solomon Comstock who established the First
National Bank in Moorhead, MN. Tours are offered in the
restored home with original furnishings. 506 Eighth Street
South, in Moorhead, MN.
Hjemkomst Center - Home of the Viking Ship
Cottonwood County Historical Museum
Featuring a free
exhibit hall which chronicles the history of Cottonwood County
from the time of the Native Americans through the early 20th
century, the Remick Art Gallery and a research library for
genealogy research, the museum is located at 812 4th Avenue in
|Crow Wing County
Crow Wing County Historical Museum
Located in the old
Crow Wing County jailhouse, this museum offers exhibits of local
history along with research facilities in the lower level.
Dakota City Heritage Village and Museum
Visitors may take
a step back in time to the time of early rural life in 1900
Dakota County. Living history is exhibited on 5 acres
containing 22 buildings. Historic buildings include a
train depot, a fire barn, the jailhouse, District 96
one-room-schoolhouse, the Vermillion Presbyterian Church, a
bank, a drug store, and more. Over 7000 historical
artifacts related to the history of Dakota City are on display
in the Ahlberg Heritage Center. On the Dakota County
Fairgrounds at 4008 220th Street W. in Farmington, MN.
Holz Farm was
settled in the 1870s and remained in the Holz family until 1993.
Today it serves as a living history farm. Visitors can
experience rural farm live as it was in the early days of Eagan,
Minnesota. See the Walking Tour of Holz Farm booklet to
learn more about the history of Eagan, Holz Farm and it's many
outbuildings. Located at 4665 Manor Drive in Eagan, MN.
Lawshe Historical Museum
Focused on the
history of Dakota County, Minnesota, the museum houses over
25,000 objects, ranging from historical artifacts of early
pioneers to relics from the Dakotah peoples who inhabited the
area prior to settlement. A research library is also
located on the premises. Located at 130 Third Avenue North
in South Saint Paul, MN.
LeDuc House Historic Site
& Historic Photos]
1865, the home is still being restored. Tours are offered
and rentals are available for weddings an special occasions.
Located at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings, MN.
Little Log House Pioneer Village
collection of over 45 historical buildings, the village is
available for special occasions and events. Once a year
the complex is opened to the public. At times there are
reenactments performed by the
Old West Society. Historical buildings include an old jail,
the country saloon, Belle Creek school house, the St. Boniface
Church, a train depot, a post office and others. Located 6
miles south of Hastings, MN on Highway 61 and then east one mile
on 220th Street. [Map]
Landing Living History Village
Take a step back into
Minnesota history when you visit Murphy's Landing. The
park features over 40 historical buildings giving visitors
insight into the early settlement of Minnesota with interpreters
who are dressed in period style and portraying early settlers.
Located at 2187 East Highway 101 in Shakopee, MI.
Dodge County Historical Society and Museum
County History PDF]
Located in Mantorville across from the Dodge County Courthouse,
the museum is housed in the old St. John's Episcopal Church.
Built in 1869, the museum contains local historic artifacts
along with historical and genealogical research materials.
Mantorville Restoration House
Built in 1856, this
historic house has been used as an office for sheriff,
treasurer, registrar of deeds and in fact there is a prison cell
in the basement. Furnishings are Civil War era. Behind the
house, you will find an old log cabin built in the late 1850s.
The cabin was home to a cooper and you will find exhibits
related to early barrel making.
West Concord Historical Museum
Must call for appointment
(507) 527-2628 or (507) 527-2177.
Amish Tours of Harmony
Visit Harmony's Amish community, the largest "Old
Order" Amish community in Minnesota. 2 hour guided tours
are offered. Located in the Sugar Plum House on the
Village Green and 45 Main Ave. N in Harmony, MN.
Fillmore County History Center Museum & Genealogy Library
Featuring a large collection of antique
agricultural equipment including vintage tractors and early
handmade tools, the
museum offers a look into the history of farming in Fillmore
County, Minnesota. Other exhibits include rooms furnished
in turn-of-the-century style, the Robert Stark log house, and a
country school building. The genealogy library features
historical documents and images related to genealogical
As one of the earliest settled counties in
Minnesota, Fillmore County is a great place for many of our
visitors to begin exploring their personal family histories.
Each year hundreds of people from across North America visit our
facility to take advantage of the wealth of information
available at our history center library in their quest to trace
family roots. Many more contact us by email or phone to request
mail order copies of our records. Thousands of books,
photographs, microfilmed newspapers, as well as county birth,
death, and marriage documents, cemetery records, county
obituaries, Minnesota and Federal census records, as well as
various local sources are searchable at our Genealogy Library.
Located at 202 County Rd 8 in Fountain, MN.
One-hour guided tours
will allow you to explore cave formations and fossils dated as
old as 400 million years old.
Sluice for gems or get married in the Crystal Wedding
Chapel! Located in Harmony, MN.
Freeborn County Historical Museum
Pioneer Village which is a collection of historical
buildings to remind you of earlier days in Freeborn County.
Some of the buildings are the 1853 Livedalen Log Cabin, the 1872
Village Church, a calaboose (county jail), along with several
others. There is a research library and archives housed
inside the museum.
Bridge Street, Albert Lea, MN.
Goodhue County Historical Society and Museum
A place to learn
about the history of Goodhue county. Housed there is a
historical museum along with a
research library and archives.
Zumbrota Historical Society Museum
A small museum housed
inside the former city hall and fire hall building. It
holds the collection of the Zumbrota Area Historical Society and
some exhibits related to the history of the Zumbrota, Minnesota
area. It is currently open only on Saturday afternoons or
by appointment. Located at 55 East 3rd Street in Zumbrota,
MN. Call 507-732-7333 for appointment.
Grant County Museum and Historical Society
The museum promises
to take you back in time to relive the history of Grant County
and houses Grant County research materials for the genealogical
Fort Snelling Round Tower
Homestead Living History Farm
In 1819, the 5th Regiment of U.S. Infantry
began construction of the historic fort. It was completed
in 1825 and the early settlement began to thrive, planting
crops, building a sawmill, gristmill and building what would
eventually become the City of St. Paul, Minnesota. The
fort was used for military purposes until as late as WWII when
the fort was finally closed. The original buildings in the
fort were destroyed while making room for progress in the late
1800s early 1900s and today the fort has been preserved as a
National Historic Landmark.
The fort has been
restored and offers a living history experience to it's
visitors. Fort Snelling is located at the junction of
Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, just one mile east of the Twin
Cities International Airport, in St. Paul, MN.
Christian Mansion History]
Focused on the
history of early settlement of Hennepin along with exhibits
telling the story of the diverse culture of people who reside in Hennepin,
MN today. The museum and the Hennepin County Historical
Society are both housed inside the historic George Christian
House. Built in 1919, the house begun as a home to George
H. Christian who arrived in Minneapolis in 1866 and helped with
the perfection of milling spring wheat, making him a very rich
man who retired 1875. George H. Christian and his
immediate family died before his new home was completed and the
home was occupied by his descendants. Visitors will find
historical exhibits and the society holds a priceless archival
collection. Located at 2303 Third Avenue South in
City Museum [History]
Housed in the
historic Washburn A. Mill, the museum details the history of
flour milling in Minneapolis, the city known as the "Flour
Milling Capital of the World". Located at 704 South Second
Street in Minneapolis, MN.
Minnesota Air National Guard Museum
The museum boasts a
very large collection of Military aircraft including many
historically significant aircraft. Other exhibits include
ancillary artifacts, historical documents, photos, manuscripts
and books related to the heritage of the Minnesota Air National
Guard. Located at 670 General Miller Drive in St. Paul,
MN. GPS: enter 631 Minuteman Drive in St. Paul, MN.
Hubbard County Historical Museum
The museum is housed in the former Hubbard County
Courthouse built in 1900. Exhibits and displays provide
the visitor with information about early times in Hubbard
County, Minnesota. Located at 301 Court Avenue in Park
Jackson County Historical Society
Along with information on the history of Jackson County, the
museum also offers a research and learning center for the family
genealogist and historian.
Located at 307 N. Hwy 86 in Lakefield, MN 56150.
Kanabec History Center
Operated by the Kanabec County Historical
Society, they hold numerous buildings including the main
exhibition hall, a reference library, the 1898 Coin School, 1904
Whittier School and 1889 Webster School. The history
center offers visitors a look into the history of Kanabec
County, Minnesota. Located at 805 West Forest Avenue in
Kandiyohi County Historical Museum
Focused on the early history of Kandiyohi County, the museum
houses an old train depot, a Great Northern Steam locomotive, a
research center and archives, Native American artifacts, a
country school and other historical items of the area.
Located at 610 Hwy 71 NE in Willmar, MN.
Lawson Memorial Archives and Research Center
Operated by the
Kandiyohi County Historical Society, they offer over 450 linear
feet of manuscripts, genealogies, books, photos and periodicals
to help visitors with research of genealogy and history.
Located at 610 NE Hwy 71 in Willmar, MN.
Sperry House Museum
Built in 1893 and
home to Albert H. and Jennie Sperry, the home is now a museum,
depicting turn-of-the-century home life in Kandiyohi County.
The house is located next to the Kandiyohi County Historical
Museum at 610 NE Hwy 71 in Willmar, MN.
Lac Qui Parle County
Lac qui Parle Mission
Focused on the
heritage of Lac qui Parle County, the museum features historical
artifacts and relics. Located on South Hwy 75 in Madison,
Lake County History Timeline
Split Rock Lighthouse
This is the original building where the 3M
company was founded in 1902. The building is on the
Register of Historic Places and now a museum. Located at
203 Waterfront Drive in Two Harbors, MN.
Housed in the 1907 Duluth & Iron
Range Railroad headquarters, the museum offers exhibits about
Lake County's Paleo-Indians with 10,000 year old artifacts, a
chance to learn about the logging and iron ore industries
and a movie about the ore trains along with some delightful
children's exhibits. 520 South Avenue in Two Harbors, MN.
Split Rock Lighthouse
Built in 1910, the lighthouse has
been restored and offers a tour of the lighthouse, fog -signal
building and lighthouse keeper's home. A visitor center
has been established and visitors can enjoy a film about the
lighthouse with exhibits. Located on Hwy 61, about 20
miles northeast of Two Harbors, MN.
Two Harbors Lighthouse [Photos]
Built in 1892, the lighthouse is the oldest
operating light station in Minnesota. The lighthouse
museum offers history of the development of Agate Bay and
visitors can climb 47 stairs to the tower for a splendid view.
Located in the old Assistant Keepers house is a shipwreck
exhibit. The lighthouse keeper's quarters is now a
Le Sueur County
Le Sueur County Historical Society Museum
The museum houses an art collection which
includes works of world renowned artists as well as local
artists. Featured are Swain Silhouettes, work by a local
Elysian resident, Earle Swain. The society is also in
charge of an 1869 log cabin and operates a
genealogy center. The museum is inside an 1895 brick
schoolhouse located at 301 N.E. 2nd Street, Elysian, MN.
The museum is
housed in an 1872 schoolhouse and includes displays of an early
church, the first Le Sueur post office, a Green Giant history
room and other local history exhibits, along with extensive
genealogy files for the northern part of Le Sueur County and is
affectionately known as the "Green Giant Archives". 709
North Second St, Le Sueur, MN.
W. W. Mayo
This 1859 home was built by Dr. William W.
Mayo, founder of the famed Mayo Clinic. Later owned by the
Carson Nesbit Cosgrove family who served as president of the
Minnesota Valley Canning Company which became the Green Giant
Company in 1950. The home has been restored and is
furnished in 1860 period furnishings. Visitors will learn
about the early years of the Mayo family on the Minnesota
frontier and about the Cosgrove family and their Green Giant
connections. 118 North Main Street, Le Sueur, MN.
Lyon County Historical Museum
114 North Third Street
Settlers Square Museum [Photos]
Learn about early pioneers in Marshall County,
Minnesota. Museum includes a general store, early hotel,
Soo Line Railroad Depot, Church, School and Landreville Cabin.
808 East Johnson in Warren, MN.
Pioneer Museum [History]
The museum is housed
in an old Catholic School and houses history exhibits related to
the history of Martin County, Minnesota along with a research
library. Located at 304 East Blue Earth Avenue in Fairmont, MN.
County Historical Museum
Operated by the McLeod County Historical Society,
the museum is devoted to the preservation of and display of the
history of McLeod County, Minnesota. In addition to the
history museum, the building also houses an extensive document
and photograph archives with a
genealogy and history library. 380 School Road NW,
Dassel History Museum & Ergot Museum
The Universal Laboratories building is the home of the Dassel
Area Historical Society. From 1937 to the mid-1970's, Universal
Laboratories played an important role in the processing of ergot
for use by drug manufacturers. Today the museum tells the story
of ergot and includes several other permanent & changing
exhibits. It also serves as the local history center, providing
valuable resources for genealogical research. Located at 901 1st
St N in Dassel, MN.
|Mille Lacs County
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
The museum features the history and culture of
the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe with exhibits, and media, a crafts
room and a restored 1930 trading post. Located at 43411
Oodena Drive in Onamia, MN.
Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
historic home of Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. who was father to
the famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. Home is
located at 1620 Lindbergh Drive S, Little Falls, MN.
Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum
Dedicated to the
preservation and display of the history of Morrison County,
Minnesota. The society offers a research archives and
library which contains a large amount of historical documents
and photos. Located at 2151 S. Lindbergh Drive, Little
Linden Hill Historical Event Center
The Linden Hill
Musser Mansion sits on nine acres which overlook the Mississippi
River. All rooms have a view of the Mississippi River or
the private grounds which are filled with lovely gardens,
charming buildings and historic spaces. The mansion is
available for special events such as weddings or family
reunions. The house is a living museum which is opened for tours
by the Friends of Linden Hill. Located at 608 Highland
Avenue in Little Falls, MN.
Minnesota Military Museum
Located at Camp
Ripley in Little Falls, MN.
End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum
Exhibits and displays of the Currie railroad
yards along with railroad artifacts and other Murray County
historic items are featured in a lovely park setting.
Located at 440 North Mill Street in Currie, MN.
Lake Shetek State Park
Home to the Shetek
Monument where 15 early settlers who died in the
1862 Dakota Conflict are buried. Several pioneer cabin
sites are found inside the park including Duley, Wright, Smith,
and Eastlick, however the only cabin surviving is the 1857 Koch
Murray County Historical Museum
The museum offers over 10,000 artifacts and a
research library for family history research. Known as the
"biggest little museum in Southwest Minnesota". 2480 29th
Street, Slayton, MN.
E. St Julien Cox House
Built in 1871, the Cox House is a fully restored
Gothic Italianate house with Victorian furnishings. Enjoy
tours by costumed tour guides. Located at 500 N.
Washington Ave in St. Peter, MN.
Fort Ridgely [History
of Fort Ridgely and New Ulm]
Construction began on the new fort in 1853.
Located near the border of the Dakota Reservation, the fort was
put in place to keep peace as settlers came into the former
Dakota lands. The fort was the place of battle between
Dakota Indian forces and the Minnesota settlers in 1862 due to
the breaking of the 1851 Treaty.
Fort Ridgely Historic Site
72404 County Road 30
Soderlund Drugstore Museum
The old drugstore
pays tribute to early day pharmacies with soda fountains and all
the nostalgia which goes along with it. So authentically
kept, this old pharmacy was used by PBS for filming scenes for a
documentary about Minnesota's most famous pharmacist, Hubert H.
Humphrey. Located in downtown St. Peter, MN.
Treaty Site History Center
Home to the Nicollet County Historical
Society, exhibits tell the story of the 1851 Treaty which
altered the fate of Minnesota territory. The society also
research and archives facility.
1851 N. Minnesota
Avenue in St. Peter, MN.
The historic home was built in 1882 by Solomon
Comstock, a prominent businessman in Moorhead. The lovely
restored home contains original furnishings and is operated by
the City of Moorhead. Visitors are offered guided tours by
interpreters. Located at 206 Eighth Street S. in Moorhead,
Memorial Educational Museum
Housed in the old Congregational Church at the
corner of 1st Street East and 2nd Avenue East in Ada, MN, the
museum holds many historical treasures from the past of Ada, MN.
The historic site is
a living history museum featuring a one-room schoolhouse, log
house, bank, general store, train depot, and other buildings.
Located at the Norman County Fairgrounds on Hwy 200 in Ada, MN.
Red River History Museum
Housed inside the
old Shelly School, the museum is a repository for the Norman
County Historical Society's military collection along with
exhibits dedicated to doctors, schools and old toys.
Located at the corner of 3rd Street and East McKinley Avenue in
Twin Valley Heritage Museum
A restored log house
and a Depot replica house a museum, art gallery and Tourist
Information Center. Located on Hwy 32 in Twin Valley, MN.
George Stoppel Farmstead
George Stoppel Farmstead on FaceBook
The stone house,
barn and out buildings of the George Stoppel family who settled
here in 1856, occupied the farm for over 100 years before the
farmstead was purchased by the Olmsted History Center in 1976.
Today the barn holds displays of agricultural equipment used by
early farmers of Southeastern Minnesota. Historical site
features 420 acres with 3 buildings. Located at County
Hwys. 25 and 122 just outside Rochester, MN.
History Center of Olmsted County
History Center of Olmsted County on FaceBook.
The museum features displays and exhibits related to the history of
Rochester, Minnesota and surrounding areas along with a
research library. Visitors
will find a small cabin of poplar logs which is being preserved
as an example of a typical home of the early settler in this
area of Minnesota. Known as Dee Cabin, it is open
seasonally as part of the museum tour. Hadley Schoolhouse
has also been relocated to the History Center campus. The
Hadley Valley School was built in 1885 and used as a schoolhouse
until 1957. The History Center is located at 1195 West Circle Drive SW
Dr. Charles H. Mayo, renowned co-founder of the
Mayo Clinic, was the creator and occupant of Mayowood Estate in
Rochester, Minnesota from 1911-1938. Sitting on 3000 acres
of woods and farming land, Mayowood Mansion, a 38 room house was
known as the "Big House" by family members. This
historical home and ten acres of the surrounding estate was
donated to the Olmsted County Historical Society in 1965 and
today is maintained as it was during the lives of the famous
family and serves a museum to remind visitors of the past. The
mansion and grounds may be toured and is also available for
rental for special events. Located at 3720 Mayowood Road SW in
Otter Tail County
History Museum of East Otter Tail County
Housed in an 1887
historic stone building, the museum portrays the history of East
Otter Tail County through interpretive exhibits, photos and
displays. They offer a genealogy lab with some online
databases. Located at 230 1st Avenue North, Perham,
Tail County Historical Society and Museum
Exploring the past of
Otter Tail County with exhibits related to Native American
history, European settlement, farm life, and a replica of 1910s
Main Street. Located at 1110 West Lincoln Avenue in Fergus
Prospect House & Civil War Museum
The Prospect House
is a Georgian-style mansion built in 1882 by Cap Colehour.
In 1886, Cap Colehour added an addition to the home and turned
it into a seasonal resort called The Prospect Inn which he
operated until 1924. The home was remodeled in 1929 and
remains virtually unchanged since that time. Colehour
descendants have inhabited the house continually since 1982.
Today, the lower level of this historic house features the Civil
War Museum. Located at 403 Lake Ave. N (Highway 78) in
Battle Lake, MI.
Pipestone County Courthouse
Built in 1899of quartzite stone, it has been
restored and is open weekdays. 416 S. Hiawatha Ave.,
Pipestone County Museum
Operated by the
Pipestone County Historical Society, the museum is housed in the
old City Hall building, found in the historic district.
Along with the history of this county displayed through exhibits
in the museum, the society also offers research and houses an
archives. Located at 113 S. Hiawatha Avenue in Pipestone,
Pipestone National Monument
Pipestone is a quarry
which has been mined by American Indians for centuries.
The soft red stone is used to make pipes and can only be removed
from the area by American Indians. The National Park
Service operates an interpretive center where more can be
learned about Pipestone. Inside the park visitors will
find the Upper Midwest Indian Cultural Center where pipe making
is demonstrated. 36 Reservation Avenue, Pipestone, MN.
Alexander Ramsey House [History]
The Ramsey House offers visitors the chance to
fade back into the Victorian era. Featuring docent guided
tours, the home is said to be one of the best preserved
Victorian homes in the United States. Once home to
Alexander Ramsey - territorial governor and later the Governor
of Minnesota, the home was lived in by Ramsey's descendants
until it was donated to the Minnesota Historical Society at
which time it was turned into a museum. The Ramsey
Carriage House is available for rental. Located at 265 S.
Exchange Street in St. Paul, MN.
The Depot Museum
The museum, housed
in an old 1935 Northern Pacific Train depot, is focused on the
history of White Bear and includes a
research library. Located in the corner of 4th Street
and Hwy 61 in Downtown White Bear Lake, MN.
The Fillebrown House
The lakeside cottage
was built in 1879 and was home to the Fillebrown family.
Today, costumed tour guides take you back to the past of White
Bear Lake, Minnesota. Located at the corner of Lake and Morehead
Avenue in White Bear Lake, MN.
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
2097 W. Larpenteur Avenue
St. Paul, MN
Minnesota History Center [Photographs
Operated by the
Minnesota Historical Society, the museum explores the past of
Minnesota through exhibits and hands on displays. The
library provides a place to trace your
family history or learn more about the history of Minnesota.
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN.
Minnesota State Capital
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Minnesota Wing Museum
The museum is housed inside an aircraft hangar
and features 6 historic aircraft. Housed in Hangar #3 in Fleming Field
at 310 Airport Road, South St. Paul, MN.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
/ Nellie Look Alike Contest]
Discover the history
of America's beloved Ingalls family in Walnut Grove. Laura
Ingalls Wilder is the author of the Little House on the Prairie
series of books. Located at 330 8th Street in Walnut
Ingalls Dugout Site
The site is
purportedly the place where the Ingalls homesteaded for 3 years.
Birch Coulee Battlefield
1862 battle site of the revolt of the Sioux
against the early settlers in the area of Fort Ridgely and New
Ulm. Located at the junction of Renville City Highway 2
and Highway 18 in Morton, MN.
Renville County Museum [History]
The Renville County Historical Society operates a
museum complex made up of several buildings: the main exhibit
building, 2 1885 country schools, blacksmith shop, machine and
tool building, 1869 Scandinavian Lerud log cabin and a church.
Located at 411 North Park Drive in Morton, MN.
The Stans House was built in 1908. Today
the home is a museum operated by the Scott County Historical
Society and features Scott County history on display through exhibits
and a research center. 235 South Fuller St., Shakopee, MN.
Sherburne History Center [Historic
Sherburne County Historical Society provides exhibits related to
the history of Sherburne County along with research facilities
for the researcher. 10775 27th Ave SE, Becker, MN.
Sibley County Historical Society Museum
of the Poehler House] [Genealogy
Housed inside the
1884 August F. Poehler House, the focus of the Sibley County
Historical Society Museum is to preserve, collect and relate
knowledge about the history of Sibley County, Minnesota.
The Museum does hold a genealogy collection. Call for an
appointment with a research assistant or volunteer to assist
you. 507-248-3434. Located at 700 Main Street in
The museum offers 2 floors of exhibits related to
the history of Stearns County, Minnesota and includes a research
center. Located at 253 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud, MN.
Village of Yesteryear
This lovely village is operated by the Steele
County Historical Society. Featuring seventeen structures
in a village setting, the village is designed to take visitors
back in time. Structures include two log cabins, a
railroad station, and a caboose from Steele County dating back
to the 1850s. There is a general store / post office, fire
station, a farm machinery building, a blacksmith shop, a country
school, the 1868 Dunnell mansion and the St. Wenceslaus of
Moravia Church which was built in 1891. All buildings are
furnished according to the time they were built and are
connected by a boardwalk. Visitors will enjoy a
personalized tour and experience life was like in the 1800s in
the Village of Yesteryear. New this year, is a $3.3
million History Center. For those of you interested in
historical and genealogical research, there are volunteers
to help. The Village of Yesteryear is located at 1448 Austin Road in Owatonna, MN
and the History Center is adjacent to it at 1700 Austin Road.
Swift County Historical Museum
Operated by the Swift County Historical Society,
the museum is focused on the history of Swift County.
Featured artifacts include tools, antiques and other items used
by early settlers of the area along with replicas of farms,
school, church and a grist mill. Located at 2135 Minnesota
Avenue in Benson, MN.
Todd County Historical Society Museum
Along with information on the history of Todd
County, the museum also offers a research and learning center
for the family genealogist and historian.
333 Central Ave
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Open Wednesdays 11:30 - 6:00p.m.
Thurs and Fridays 11:30 - 4p.m.
Wadena County Historical Society Museum
Located to the 1886 Courthouse tower, the museum
is operated by the
County Historical Society. The museum features
historical artifacts related to the history of Wadena County.
Genealogy Research Center on the premises holds an extensive
collection of books, obits, family histories, photos and other
historical documents. Located at 603 North Jefferson in
Afton Historical Museum [Photos]
The Afton Museum is housed in the 1868 former
Congregational Church building in the historic Village of Afton.
The building has been restored and now offers exhibits related
to the history of Afton, MN along with extensive files of photos
and records of early area families. Rugs woven on vintage
rug looms are offered for sale.
3165 St. Croix
Trail, So, Afton, MN
Boutwells Landing Museum
Located in the
Boutwells Landing senior residence community, the museum offers
exhibits related to the history of the area.
Cottage Grove Historic Sites
Take a step back in
time and experience what life was like for early Swedish
immigrants to the United States. Visitors will learn what
daily life was like for the Swedish immigrants as they tour the
first Swedish settlement in Minnesota. The museum is a
collection of 5 historical buildings which are furnished as they
would have been in the mid 1850s. Located at 20880 Olinda
Trail in Scandia, MN.
Hay Lake School and Erickson Log House Museum
County Schools of the Past] [Community
The Hay Lake School
was built in 1896 and has been restored, offering tours.
The log house was built in 1868 by Johannes Erickson and was
moved to the site by the Washington County Historical Society.
These historic buildings are located at "Historic Corner" just
east of the corner of Olinda Trail North and Old Marine Trail,
one mile south of Scandia, MN.
Warden's House Museum
Built in 1853, the
house was home to the warden of the Minnesota Territorial
Prison. After the prison was moved to Bayport in 1914, it
was used as a Deputy Warden home, then the house was sold to the
Washington County Historical Society and was opened as a museum
in 1941. The house now serves a place to learn about the
history of Washington County. 602 North Main Street,
An award winning
history museum focused on the history of Cokato and the
surrounding area of Wright County. Located at the corner
of 4th Street West and Millard Avenue South in Cokato,
County Heritage Center
Discover the history
of Wright County in the WCHS Museum. They also have a
research library with staff to assist you in your research.
Located at 2001 Highway 25 North in Buffalo, MN.
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