Museums and Historic Sites Published August 17, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Kandiyohi County Historical Society

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed holidays, $3 for adults 12 and under and Kandiyohi County Historical Society members admitted free, 320- 235-1881, located at Locomotive Train on North Commercial 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 will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through September 3. The cost is $3 per person, members are free. Open by appointment on weekdays.

Guri Endreson website: The Guri Endreson site, located off County Road 5, the country road gate is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 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 will open several sites this summer. Admission prices vary. For more information or to make an appointment, call 320-269-7636, email [email protected] or visit the website


City of Chippewa: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day; 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.

Talking Lake Mission: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until September 4. Visitors can ring the church bell, echoing the sound of the original, traditionally known as Minnesota’s first church bell; six miles north of Montevideo on US Highway 59 and 2.2 miles west on County Road 13; FREE ENTRANCE. The Talking Lake Mission is a Minnesota Historical Society Historic Site operated by the Chippewa County Historical Society.

Olof Swensson Farm Museum: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, September 3 to 4, or by appointment; six miles east of Montevideo on State Highway 7, then five miles south on County Road 6 to the junction with County Road 15. 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.

Summer festival: New London, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21, annual summer festival with catered picnic dinner at noon and program at 1:30 p.m., followed by coffee and a break, West New London near County Road 40 on 99th St. NW The program will be “The Immigration Journey of Kari Eriksdatter: A Pioneer Woman’s Story of Strength, Perseverance and Courage” adapted from Marlin Henjum’s book, “Wheat King, reflecting the immigration experience pioneer women in 1880 Norway Lake”. Due to road construction, access is only available from County Road 40. Tables and chairs are provided, but you may bring a lawn chair.

Paynesville Area Historical Museum

Paynesville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, through September 3, 251 Ampe Drive; gift of free will.

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 Saturday, 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


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]

Saturday special: The Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday August 20

Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, mid-May 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 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through September 3, junction of Minnesota Interstates 23 and 67 on the Minnesota River. For more information, call 320-564-4479.

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