Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum

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  • Admission is free, but a $2.00 donation per person is suggested. For information on guided group tours call 507-774-7369.


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  • From I-35 near Owatonna, exit 41 (Bridge St). E 1/2 mi to State Ave, turn Left. Follow State Ave 1/2 mi. Follow signs.

Other Date Information

  • Main Museum: M-F 8AM-5PM and Sa-Su 1-5PM. Closed major holidays. Weekend access through Owatonna Arts Center. Cottage 11: Open Tues-Sun. Hours: May 1 - Labor Day: 1-4PM; other months 1-3PM. Closed Jan and Feb. C-11 closed major holidays.

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Annual Orphanage Museum Fall Event

    Annual Orphanage Museum Fall Event

    540 West Hills Circle
    Owatonna, MN 55060
    Call: (507) 774-7369

    Enjoy the sounds of folk singers "Curtis & Loretta" and talented local musicians to help celebrate the children who lived at the State School. The family-centered outdoor event will also include:
    • Horse-drawn wagon rides around the grounds, with History Stops along the way
    • Children's games and activities
    • Mush-eating competition
    • Other fun family activities

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