Museums and Historic Sites Posted September 7, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, closed holidays, $3 for adults 12 and under and Kandiyohi County Historical Society members admitted free, 320-235-1881, located at Locomotive on North Business Highway 71 across from Robbins Island. The museum has a number of featured exhibits. Besides the museum, there is a one-room schoolhouse, a lumber shed and a Great Northern locomotive. Maps of historic sites in the county are available at the museum.

Sperry House: The Sperry House is open by appointment on weekdays. The cost is $3 per person, members are free.

Guri Endreson website: Guided tours available by appointment.

Atwater Region Historical Society

Atwater, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays or by appointment, call Jon at 320-444-0337, Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Ave. W.

Chippewa County Historical Society

The Chippewa County Historical Society’s main site, Historic Chippewa City, is open through September. For more information or to make an appointment, call 320-269-7636, email [email protected], or visit the website at


City of Chippewa: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; junction of State Highway 7 and US Highway 59 in Montevideo; reconstruction of a city from the beginning of the century with 23 buildings and two very old canoes. The Chippewa River Canoe, carbon dated between 1436 and 1522, is in the Gateway Building and the Minnesota River Canoe, carbon dated between 1626 and 1679, is in the Gippe Cabin. Admission adults $5, 6-17 years old $2 and 5 and under will be admitted free.

Olof Swensson Farm Museum: open by appointment. The 17-acre farm includes a 22-room house, a timber frame barn and the remains of a flour mill. Admission adults $5, 6-17 years old $2, 5 and under will be admitted free.

Horse event: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 10, Swensson Farm Museum, 10 km east of Montevideo on State Road 7, then 8 km south on County Road 6 to the junction with County Road 15 , paid entry.

Danube Historical Society

The Danube Historical Society Museum is open from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in the old Danube Depot building or by appointment, call 320-826-2236.

Dassel, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N., free donation, 320-275-3077,

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

Granite Falls, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport, 3 miles south of Granite Falls on Hwy 23; adults $10, 10-17 $5, family $20, active military $5, 9 and under admitted free, annual memberships available. Home to an immaculate collection of fully operational and active WWII aircraft and vehicles, as well as artwork, bronze sculptures, interactive media displays and a library. It is designed as a self-guided experience.

Meeker County GAR and Museum

Litchfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, admission $3, 11 and under free; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave., 320-693-8911,

Grove City Historical Museum

Grove City, open by appointment, call Dorothy 320-244-1044, Ron 320-693-2922 or Gordon 320-857-2636.

Talking Lake County Museum

Madison, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; South Highway 75; gift of free will.

Maynard, open by appointment, call the City of Maynard office at 320-367-2140.

New London, open by appointment, call 320-354-8820, 12050 Co. Rd. 40 NE The Larry and Barb Levin Museum of Natural History is located on County Road 40, 2.8 miles to east of National Road 23, on the north side of the road. Free entry.

Renville County Historical Society

Morton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, Research Library by appointment only; adults $5, 6-12 years old $3, children 5 and under free. For more information or to make an appointment at the library, call 507-697-6147, or email [email protected], website


Birch Coulee Tour: September 8, 6 p.m. Meet at Birch Coulee Battlefield on County Road 18, just up the hill from the Renville County Historical Society. Jerry Weldy will give a presentation on the history of the Battle of Birch Coulee and time for questions and answers. Bring your own chair or blanket. After the presentation, join the march to the battlefield site. Coulée means deep ravine. Voluntary donations and an item for the Renville County Food Shelf will be accepted. Coffee and sweets will be served in the main museum after the presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole at 507-697-6147.

Renville, open by appointment, rue Principale; 320-329-8210.

Sacred Heart, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and by appointment, US Highway 212 at Sacred Heart; free admission, donations appreciated, call 320-765-2274, email [email protected]

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through October, or by appointment, 3310 Business Highway 71 S.; features historic roads and farm fields, over 300 tractors, cars, trucks and fire engines; Souvenir shop; adults $6, under 12 are $3, 5 and under admitted free; 320-235-4341.

Benson, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment, 2135 Minnesota Ave. ; FREE ENTRANCE; 320-843-4467.

Stevens County Historical Museum

Morris, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday by appointment, 116 6th St. W.; FREE ENTRANCE; 320-589-1719. Walking tours have been developed for Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and several parts of Morris. They take about an hour to complete the full path; Please stay on the sidewalk and do not enter private property. Check the website to see where brochures/maps are available for each tour.

Yellow Medicine County Museum

Granite Falls, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through Oct. 29, junction of Minnesota Interstates 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River. For more information, call 320-564-4479.

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