Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, statutory holidays, $ 3 for adults 12 and under and Kandiyohi County Historical Society members admitted free, 320-235- 1881, located at Business Highway 71 North Station across from Robbins Island. The museum has a number of featured exhibits. In addition to the museum, there is a one-room school, a log shed and a Great Northern locomotive. Maps of the county’s historic sites are available at the museum. www.kandiyohicountyhistory.com.
Atwater, by appointment, call Carol at 320-266-7626, Jon at 320-444-0337, Sue at 320-220-0970 or Jo at 320-295-1354, Atwater Area Historical Society and Museum, 500 Pleasant Ave . W.
The main site of the Chippewa County Historical Society, Historic Chippewa City, is open until September. For more information or to make an appointment, call 320-269-7636, email [email protected] or visit www.chippewacohistory.org.
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 town from the turn 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 is free for adults $ 5, ages 6 to 17 $ 2, and ages 5 and under.
Talking Lake Mission: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until October 2. 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 entry. The Talking Lake Mission is a Minnesota Historical Society Historic Site operated by the Chippewa County Historical Society.
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. To visit, call 320-275-3077 or email dahs @ dassel .com to make an appointment.
Granite Falls, 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday, Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport, 3 miles south of Granite Falls on Highway 23; adults $ 10, 10-17 years $ 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 works of art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia exhibits and a library. It is designed as a self-guided experience.
Litchfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, admission at $ 3, 11 and under free; Grand Army of the Republic Hall and Meeker County Historical Society Museum, 308 Marshall Ave., 320-693-8911, meekercomuseum.org.
Grove City, open by appointment, call Dorothy 320-244-1044, Ron 320-693-2922 or Gordon 320-857-2636.
Madison, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday; Route du Sud 75; voluntary donation. Social distancing rules will be respected, mandatory masks (provided if needed) and no touching of artifacts.
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.
Morton, 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, research library by appointment only; adults $ 5, 6-17 years old $ 3, children 5 years and under free. Face masks compulsory. For more information or for a library appointment, call 507-697-6147, or email [email protected], website www.renvillecountyhistory.com.
Renville, open by appointment, Main Street; 320-329-8210.
Sacré-Cœur, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, by appointment only, US Highway 212 in Sacré-Cœur; free entry, donations appreciated, contact Sonja at 320-765-2274 or Elaine at 320-894-7907; send an email to [email protected]
Willmar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, through October 31 or by appointment, 3310 Business Highway 71 S .; presents the history of roads and agricultural fields, more than 300 tractors, cars, trucks and fire trucks; Souvenir shop; adults $ 6, under $ 12 are $ 3, ages 5 and under admitted free; 320-235-4341.
Benson, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, or by appointment, 2135 Minnesota Ave .; free entry; 320-843-4467.
Morris, 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Friday, Saturday by appointment, 116 6th St. W .; free entry; 320-589-1719. Walking tours take about an hour to complete the entire path; please stay on the sidewalk and do not enter private property.
Walking Tour, West Side of Morris: brochure located in the plastic box outside the Nevada Avenue entrance, ride a bike or walk the route, stopping at 10 locations and read the history of each building / house.
Hancock walking tour: brochure / map available at Hancock town office, cycle or walk the route, stopping at 10 listed locations.