Goodhue County Historical Society

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Goodhue County Historical Society

1166 Oak St
Red Wing, MN 55066

(651) 388-6024 (Phone)

(651) 388-3577 (Fax)

Region: Southern

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  • Admission (includes museum and research library) Adults $5; Children 13-18 $2; No charge for members and children under 13.


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  • In downtown Red Wing, turn off US 61 onto West Ave (at stoplight, by John Rich Park). Continue to 7th St stop sign; right onto College Ave going up the hill; follow signs for the museum.

Other Date Information

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and Sundays (April through November) from 1 to 5 PM. Closed Mondays, Sundays (December through March), and major holidays.

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Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Native American Heritage

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  1. Bluffs & Brews: Hike Frontenac State Park

    Bluffs & Brews: Hike Frontenac State Park

    1166 Oak St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Bluffs & Brews is a collaborative program between the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center and the Goodhue County Historical Society that began in 2015. First, the group explores a local history topic through an engaging presentation and Q & A session. Immediately after, the group explores the outdoors, specifically a local area that represents the historical topic discussed. Following the outdoor adventure, the group convenes at a local restaurant to reflect on the experience, and for an opportunity to win door prizes.

    For June, we will be hiking through Frontenac State Park. Learn how this park was created as well as why it is a bird-watchers paradise! A social hour will follow at a local restaurant.

    Transportation will be provided from a designated parking location to Frontenac State Park and back. Ticket holders will need to provide own transportation to designated parking location and to social hour.

    $10 for members | $20 for non-members

    Tickets can be purchased by calling the Goodhue County History Center (651-388-6024) or via our online store. Space is limited so get your spot today!

    For more information on this event or the Goodhue County Historical Society, visit our website

  2. Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation

    Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation

    1166 Oak St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    Discover how Minnesota teens came of age in the 1960s, a decade when people fought for liberty, feminism rose, family television shows proliferated, the draft knocked, music “was huge,” fashion showed its colors and assassinations betrayed something “very wrong in this country.” Traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society.

  3. Walking into History: Exploring Old Frontenac

    Walking into History: Exploring Old Frontenac

    1166 Oak St
    Red Wing, MN 55066
    Call: (651) 388-6024

    “Waconia.” “Western Landing.” “Frontenac.”

    Different people have used different names for the location that rests on the banks of Lake Pepin, but its beauty and tranquility have attracted people for generations. Native Americans inhabited the land for hundreds of years before the French established a Fort near modern-day Frontenac, and years after the French left, the Garrard Family would shape (and name) Frontenac during the latter half of the 19th century. The Garrard Family, led by Israel Garrard, built stunning homes along Lake Pepin, and guide the town’s development for many years. After Israel’s death in 1901, Frontenac resisted industrialization and modernization, maintaining a strong echo of its 19th century heritage to this day.

    Hear the stories of 19th century Frontenac as you explore the exterior of a few of Frontenac’s most famous homes during this engaging and thought-provoking tour.

    Two tours available: 10 AM-12 PM | 1-3 PM

    Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society (651-388-6024) to purchase your tickets today or via the online store!

    $7 for members | $10 for non-members

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