History

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Austin

Region: Southern
Hormel Historic Home
208 4th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Laura Helle
Phone: (507) 433-4243
E-mail: hormelhh@smig.net
Website: www.hormelhistorichome.com
Tour Focus: Learn about the Hormel family and details of day-to-day living in the early 1900s. George A. Hormel had a 5th grade education and he founded Hormel Foods, Inc., now a Fortune 500 company. Learn about his story as you tour his mansion.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: $6/person
Availability: Guided tours must be by appointment and are available year-round including evenings and weekends.
Tour Guide: fully trained volunteers

Austin

Region: Southern
Mower County Historical Society
1303 6th Avenue SW
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Austin CVB
Phone: (507) 437-6082
Email: infomowercountyhistory.org
Website: www.mowercountyhistory.org
Tour Focus: The Mower County Historical Society preserves the history of Mower County and Austin with displays of artifacts and historical items in 16 buildings and 11 outdoor themed exhibits. Many of the buildings have historical significance in themselves, such as the Hormel Museum, the Kehret Wayside Chapel, the Rural School museum, and the log cabin. The administrative building houses an extensive research library, Mower County’s Civil War flag, and the William Tyler Circus, a hand-made miniature three-ring circus.
Group Size: Check with contact
Cost:Varies
Availability: Check with contact
Tour Guide:Supervisor

Austin

Region:southern
St. John's Bible (Austin Public Library)
323 4th Avenue  NE
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Austin CVB
Phone:(507) 433-2391
Email:ssteinhoff@selco.info
Website: Austinpubliclibrary.org
Tour Focus:The Austin Public Library is fortunate to be the only public library in the country with a copy of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible. This special 7-volume set is on display in its case during regular library hours, and is available for viewing outside the case during posted Open Viewing hours, and for special study or group visits by appointment.
Group Size: Max 45
Cost:Free
Availability: By appointment
Tour guide: Supervisor

Austin

Region:Southern
Rydjor Bike Shop
219 N Main Street
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Austin CVB
Phone:(507)-433-7571
Website: www.rydjor.com
Tour Focus:View the history of bicycles displayed on the 16-foot walls of the shop. The original tin ceilings and maple floors make for a great setting to find the bicycle of your childhood, or to go back in time the turn of the century when bicycles were big business and at the forefront of technology. Each of the 84 bicycles has its own story, beginning with the 1868 “Boneshaker”.
Group Size: Max 45
Cost: Free
Availability: During shop hours

Austin

Region: Southern
SPAM Museum
1101 N Main Street
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Austin CVB
Phone:(507) 434-6370
Website:www.spam.com
Tour Focus:The SPAM™ Museum shares the wonderful Hormel Foods story in a 16,500 square foot facility featuring audios, videos, and displays. The self-guided tour is interactive, educational, and fun for all ages. The museum complex also houses the SPAM™ Shop where you will find more than 400 SPAM™ and Hormel Foods logo items.
Group Size: 10 +
Cost: Free
Availability: Check with contact
Tour Guide: Supervisor
 

Bloomington

Region: Metro
Mobile Entertainment
10610 Morgan Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Contact: Bill Neuenschwander
Phone: (952) 888-9200
Fax: (952) 885-0098
Website: www.magicalhistorytour.com
E-mail: info@tcsegway.com
Tour Focus: Glide like a butterfly through the history of Minneapolis on our Magical History Tour. Tours leave daily from St. Anthony Main at 10am and 3pm.
Group Size: no minimum, 40 maximum
Availability: daily
Tour Guide: varies

Brooklyn Park

Region: Metro
Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park Historical Farm
5600 85th Ave North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Contact: Barb Stewart
Phone: (763) 493-8367
Website: www.brooklynpark.org
Tour Focus: Enjoy this living history farmstead with house, barn, chicken coop, animals, and poultry, etc…depicting late-1800 Minnesota farm life.
Group Size: 15 minimum, 50-60 maximum
Cost: $5/person
Availability: tours are available by appointment May 1-Oct 15.
Tour Guide: Eidem Homestead staff

Cass Lake

Region: Northwest
Cass Lake Museum
P.O. Box 877
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Contact: Sue Uhrinak
Phone: (218) 335-6723
Website: www.casslake.com
Tour Focus: Authentic replica of a logging camp in the late 1800s. The camp includes an interpretive building, bunk house, cook shack, blacksmith shop, horse barn, and file shop.
Group Size: no minimum, 50 maximum
Cost: $4/adult, $3/age 8-11, children 7 and under are free
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day
Tour: guided

Collegeville

Region: Central
The Saint John's Bible Hill Museum and Manuscript Library(HMML)                                                                       
Bush Center- 2835 Abbey Plaza
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
Contact: Linda Orzechowski
Phone: (320) 363-3514
E-mail: lorzechowsk@csbsju.edu
Websites: www.hmml.org and www.saintjohnsbible.org
Tour Focus: The Saint John's Bible is the first hand written Bible to be commissioned in the modern era since the advent of the printing press. The display features several original pages from the project as well as tools, methods, and materials. HMML also has a large collection of rare books and over 100,000 manuscripts photographically preserved for study. Gallery tour and rare book presentations are available.
Group Size: no minimum, 50 maximum                                                               
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Closed Weekends
Tour Guide: self-guided tours at any time, guided tours by appointment

Comfrey

Region: Southern
Jeffers Petroglyphs
27160 County Rd 2
Comfrey, MN 56019
Contact: Tom Sanders
Phone: (507) 628-5591or (888) 727-8386
Fax: (507) 628-5593
E-mail: jefferspetroglyphs@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs 
Tour Focus: Carved records of ancient life were left on these islands of exposed rock nearly 7,000 years ago recording important events, sacred ceremonies, and emphasizing the importance of animals and hunting.
Adult 1 ½ hour group tours include:Orientation video, Atlatl Range, prairie walk, tour of the carvings. Additional programs can be added depending on time available.
School/youth field trips include: Orientation video, packing a travois, hunting a bison, winter count, prairie walk, and viewing the carvings. Additional or alternate programs are offered by request. If a visit exceeds 3 hours, an additional fee is required. The basic tour option is 2 hours in length. Extra time needed for the gift shop or lunch.
Appropriate for 3rd grade and up, chaperones needed for every 10 students, pre/post visit materials provided. Reservations required or fill out our online field trip request.
Group size: 10-45 preferred, 75 max. Call ahead for group reservations and sign language interpreters. Handicapped accessible
Cost: $5 group rate, $7/adults, $6/seniors military and college students with ID, $5/children 6-17. Free – MHS members and age 5 and under.
Tour guide: Site staff
Availability: Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day: Mon, Wed. Thurs. Fri Sat -10am-5pm; Sun Noon-5pm; Closed – Tuesdays

 

Duluth

Region: Northeast
Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate
330 London Road
Duluth, MN 55804
Phone: (218) 726-8910 or (888)454-GLEN
Fax: (218) 726-8911
E-mail: info@glensheen.org
Website: www.glensheen.org
Tour Focus: Standard Tour: This one-hour fully guided tour of Glensheen's family living and work spaces showcases original interiors in styles ranging from Renaissance Revival and Colonial Revival to Arts & Crafts. Stories of the Congdon family and others who lived and worked at Glensheen bring this magnificent mansion to life. Tour includes the basement, first floor, and second floor. Tour the Carriage House and the beautifully landscaped grounds at your leisure before and after the tour. Expanded Tour: This one-and-a-half-hour fully guided tour expands on the Standard Tour by including the third floor, where our guests can see some of the most significant and beautiful Arts & Crafts interiors in the Midwest. Due to limited tour capacity, these tours often sell out early.
Group Size: 15 minimum, no maximum
Cost: $13/adult, $12/senior
Availability: year-round, by appointment

Elk River

Region: Central
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Road
Elk River, MN 55330
Contact: Bob Quist
Phone: (763) 441-6896
Fax: (763) 441-6302
E-mail: kelleyfarm@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm
Tour Focus: Discover 1860s farm life on this working historic farm along the Mississippi River. Farm tours include touring buildings, grounds, and gardens, as well as participating in livestock interactions, domestic chores, and gardening chores.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 150 maximum
Cost: $6/person, driver and tour operators are free
Availability: Mar-Dec, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Ely

Region: Northeast
Burntside Heritage Tours
2310 Passi Road
Ely, MN 55731
Phone: (218) 365-5445
Website: www.burntsidetours.com
Tour Focus: Ride in comfort on a deluxe pontoon boat as Emily covers the geology and ancient climate history that created the most beautiful lake in northern Minnesota: 10,000 acres of water with 125 pine covered islands. Stories will be told of the American Indian families who first lived there, the early logging activities which transformed the area, the immigrants and summer people who settled in Burntside, and stories from the recent past.
Group Size: 4 minimum, 10 maximum
Cost: $30/person, group rates may be arranged
Availability: June through Sept by appointment
Tour Guide: Emily Wahlberg

Ely

Region: Northeast
Dorothy Molter Museum
PO Box 391
2002 East Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731
Contact: Sarah Levar
Phone: (218) 365-4451
Fax: (218) 365-5161
Website: www.rootbeerlady.com
Tour Focus: The museum tour includes a short film and a stroll through the original cabins of one of northern Minnesota's most treasured characters: Dorthy Molter, the "Root Beer Lady" of Knife Lake. Please allow at least 45 minutes.
Group Size: 9 minimum, 25 maximum
Cost: $5/Adult, $3/Child (Group discount: $4.50/Adult, $2.50/Child)
Availability: Daily, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend, Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12pm- 5:30pm. Open by appointment Oct-Apr.
Tour Guide: Trained staff guides

Ely

Region: Northeast
Ely-Winton Historical Society
1900 E Camp St
Ely, Mn 55731
Contact: Margaret Sweet
Phone: (218) 365-3226
Fax: (218) 365-3226
E-mail: ewhs@vcc.edu
Tour Focus: On this tour, learn about the history of iron ore mining, logging, and immigration to the area.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 25 maximum
Cost: $3/adults, $1/age 6-15, under age 6 free
Availability: year-round
Tour Guide: Manager or other employees

Embarrass

Region: Northeast
Town of Embarrass-Heritage Homestead Tours
7503 Levander Road
Embarrass, MN 55732
Contact: Town Clerk
Phone: (218) 984-2084
Fax: (218) 984-2021
E-mail: embarrasstownship@frontiernet.net
Website: www.embarrass.org
Tour Focus: Tours start at the Information Center located at the intersection of Hwy 21 and Hwy 135. A guided tour (lasting up to 3 hours) provides the visitor with a first hand look at some of the many Finnish homesteads in the area. Included is a one-of-a-kind 90-foot long house barn and a chance to see artifacts and implements on the early 1900s.
Group Size: 1 minimum, 12 maximum
Cost: Adults $6, Seniors & Groups $5, children 12 & under are FREE.
Availability: Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day. Thur-Sat at 1pm or by special appointment. For groups of 12 or more, please make an appointment.
Tour Guide: Mary Novak

Fairfax

Region: Southern
Fort Ridgely/Minnesota Historical Society
72404 County Road 30
Fairfax, MN 55332
Contact: Tom Ellig
Phone: (507) 425-7888
Fax: (507) 426-7112
E-mail: fridgely@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/fortridgely
Tour Focus: Built in 1853, this fort saw combat during the 1862 U.S.-Dakota war, and was a training ground for Civil War recruits. Tours available.
Group Size: 45 Maximum
Cost: Free with state park sticker
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm; Labor Day-Oct, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Open Monday holidays.

Faribault

Region: Southern
Rice County Historical Society
1814 NW 2nd Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021
Contact: Susan Garwood
Phone: (507) 332-2121
Fax: (507) 332-2121
E-mail: rchs@rchistory.org
Tour Focus: Rice County History and its Heritage exhibits consist of Bruce Smith U of M Gopher Heismann winner. Flecks Brewery Sellner manufacturing Bishop Henry Whipple and a rotating exhibit changed quarterly. Other buildings consist of Log Cabin, Pleasant Valley School House, Holy Innocents Church, and Harvest Heritage Halls. Archeology lovers will find our mammoth collection interesting as well!
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $3/adult, $2/senior, $1/child
Availability: year-round, Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm and other times by appointment
Tour Guide: staff or volunteers

Farmington

Region: Southern
Dakota City Heritage Village
4008 220th Street West, P.O. Box 73
Farmington, MN 55024
Contact: Alisa Peterson, Education Director
Phone: (651) 460-8050x3
Fax: (651) 463-6908
E-mail: education@dakotacity.org
Website: www.dakotacity.org 
Tour Focus: The public can experience, through hands-on activities and personal interaction, how people lived in a 1900-era rural village in Dakota County.
Group Size: 10 minimum, no maximum
Cost: most tours are $5/person
Availability: depending on weather, late March to early November, Mon-Fri, by appointment. The village is also open for special events including Origin of Food (spring),  Dakota County Fair (summer), Harvest Moon Festival (fall), and Village Holidays (winter). See our website for other tours and details.
Tour Guide: costumed interpreters

Glenwood

Region: Central
Pope County Historical Society
19078 Village Square Drive
Glenwood, MN 56334
Contact: Merlin Peterson
Phone: (320) 634-3293
Website: pcmuseum@wisper-wireless.com
Tour Focus: This tour focuses on local history, pioneer history, a Native American arts & crafts collection, historic buildings, and a railroad caboose. The Pope County Museum exhibits the development of the county and the West-Central region especially from 1862 to the present. An extensive family history research center is also open during regular hours.
Group Size: 1minimum, 100 maximum
Cost: $3/adults, $1.50/students age 13-18, $0.50/children 12 and under
Availability: Tue-Sat 10am-5:00pm or by appointment, year-round.
Your Guide: Museum staff and volunteers are available as guides. Call ahead for guided tours.

Grand Rapids

Region: Northeast
Forest History Center, MN Historical Society
2609 County Rd 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Skip Drulu
Phone: (218) 327-4482
Fax: (218) 327-4715
E-mail: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/foresthistory www.facebook.com/foresthistorycenter
Tour Focus: On this tour, enjoy witnessing a reenactment of life on a 1900 logging camp, as well as touring a modern visitor center with interactive exhibits and a gift shop, and 5 miles of nature trails with guided tours by a naturalist.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $6/person
Availability: Second week in June through Labor Day: Tuesday-Saturday. Labor Day through Second Week in June: Friday&Saturday.
Tour Guide: Costumed interpreter

Grand Rapids

Region: Northeast
Itasca County Historical Society
201 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Lilah Crowe
Phone: (218) 327-6431
E-mail: ichs@paulbunyan.net
Website: www.itascahistorical.com
Tour Focus: tour the Itasca Museum where the visitors learns about our own woolly mammoth tusk, Itasca Barns, Ordinary People that led extra-ordinary lives, Harper Boat Factory and lots more. Learn about Frances Ethel Gumm (Judy Garland) life in Grand Rapids.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: FREE admission
Availability: Open year Around daily 9:00-5:00, Saturdays 10:00-4:00 Closed Sundays.
Tour Guide: guided or self guided

Grand Rapids

Region: Northeast
Itasca County Historical Society
201 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Lilah J. Crowe P
phone: 218-326-6431
E-mail: ichs@paulbunyan.net 
Website: itascahistorical.org
Tour focus: Learn the history of the mining industry, business, city and town development, the beginning life of Frances Ethel Gumm(Judy Garland, school beginnings, Military, CCC Camps, and local family Barns.
Group size: up to 47 
Cost: FREE
Availability: Guided tours are available year-around
Tour Guide: Director of Museum

Grand Rapids

Region: Northeast
Judy Garland Museum
2727 Hwy 169 South
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: John Kelsch
Phone: (218) 327-9276
E-mail: jgarland@uslink.net
Website: www.judygarlandmuseum.com
Tour Focus: Come see our "Judy Gallery," the house Judy lived in until she was 4 years old, and learn about the history of the Gumm Family; we also have memorabilia from Judy's career.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $7/person, discount for groups of 40 or more
Availability: varies per season, check website
Tour Guide: guided by John Kelsch

Grand Marais

Region: Northeastern 
Cook County Historical Society
8 South Broadway, PO Box 1293
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Contact: Anna Klobuchar
Phone:(218)-387-2883
Email: history@boreal.org
Website: www.cookcountyhistory.org
Tour Focus: Founded in 1924, the Cook County Historical Society operates four buildings: the Historical Society Museum (the 1896 light house keeper's house) since 1966; the Johnson Heritage Post (JHP) ; St. Francis Xavier's Chippewa City Church open by appointment; and a self-guiding 1930's fish house replica open late May to the middle of October. Alongside the fish house is the 35’ fishing tug, Neegee, built near this location in 1935. All are buildings are open without cost and serve all Cook County as well as our visitors. Volunteers and board members offer to the public samples of our traditions, from lefse making, a fish cake dinner, a trout plank dinner, “small talks”, gallery openings, etc.
Group size: No Minimum, No max.
Cost: Free
Availability: Year around by appointment
Tour Guide:Anna Klobuchar                                                                                                                     

Grand Marais

Region:Northeastern
North House Folk School
Highway 61 west
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Contact: Greg Wright
Phone: (218)-387-9762
Email:info@northhouse.org
Website: www.northhouse.org
Group Size: Min non, contact for max.
Cost: Free
Availability: year long at 2pm daily.

Grand Marais

Region: Northeastern
Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Dr
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Contact: Ada Igo
Phone: (218)-388-9915
Email:info@chikwauk.com
Website:www.chikwauk.com
Tour Focus: Interpretive and interactive displays present the area’s cultural and natural history from its prehistoric beginnings to the development of today’s unique, rural community. Pet a beaver or see if you’re as strong as a Voyageur. View evidence of the Sudbury meteorite which crashed to Earth 1.6 billion years ago. Learn to identify area wildflowers, trees, shrubs, birds, fish and mammals. A collection of pictures, videos and other historic material allows you to immerse yourself in the lives of Gunflint Trail pioneers. Young visitors can embark on a Chik-Wauk Museum scavenger hunt.
Group Size: Call ahead for group size
Cost: Free
Availability:May-Oct
Tour Guide: Ada Igo or Chik Wauk volunteers


Grand Portage

Region: Northeastern
Grand Portage national Monument
170 Mile Creek Rd
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Contact:Tim Cochran
Phone:(218)-475-0123
Website:www.nps.gov/grpo/index.htm
Tour Focus:Travel into the past to discover the present. Explore the history of Ojibwe people and the North West Company of the North American fur trade. Follow pathways into a distant time. Take in the sights and smells of a bustling depot reconstructed over its original footprint. Listen for the echo of the drum over Grand Portage Bay.
Group Size: None
Cost:Free
Availability:year around call ahead to make arrangements
Tour Guide: Various park staff members
 

Hinckley

Region: Northeast
The Hinckley Fire Museum
P.O. Box 40
106 Old Hwy 61
Hinckley, MN 55037
Contact: Sandy Hinds
Phone: (320) 384-7338
E-mail: info@hinckleyfiremuseum.com
Website: hinckleyfiremuseum.com
Tour Focus: This tour focuses on The Fire of 1894.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: by appointment, May-Oct

Hutchinson

Region: Central
Historic Hutchinson
2 Main Street South
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Contact: Jim Fahey
Phone: (320) 587-5252
Website: www.historichutchinson.org
Tour Focus: This tour highlights important information from community history as well as various historic buildings and homes in the area.
Group Size: no minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: $100 donation to organization
Availability: by appointment only
Tour Guide: volunteers

Hutchinson

Region: Central
McLeod County Museum & Historical Society
380 School Road NW
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Contact: Lori Pickell-Stangel
Phone: (320) 587-2109
Website: www.mcleodhistory.org
Tour Focus: Explore relics and information from McLeod County, as well as history and works of wildlife art in the Les Kouba gallery.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $3/adult, $2/seniors, $1/students, children under 6 are free
Availability: Mon 10am-8pm, Thur-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 1pm-4pm
Tour Guide: volunteers

Lanesboro

Region: Southern
Bluff Scape Amish Tours
102 Beacon St.E, Lanesboro, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-3070
E-mail: bluffscape@hotmail.com
Website: www.bluffscape.com 
Tour Focus: This three hour tour will take you on a fun, educational experience through the Amish countryside of Southeastern Minnesota. Your tour will depart from Lanesboro and travel to an Amish farm home where you will browse Amish-made quilts, stop at an Amish farmers market filled with fresh baked and canned goods, peruse their hand-made baskets and admire the craftsmanship of wood furniture, and purchase produce from Amish gardens. On the tour your Bluffscape guide will explain about the Amish culture and the families that you will visit. Enjoy a non-Amish stop at the oldest church in Fillmore County.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Availability: Tours operate Apr-Oct. No tours on Sundays or religious holidays. Tour times are 10 am and 1:30 pm.
Cost per person: $30/adults, $20/teens, $10/6-12 years, Free 5 years and under. Cash, checks, or credit cards can be used for ticket purchase. Weekday discounts of $3/person Mon-Fri for parties of 10 or more. $150 fee for step-on guide.
Tour Guide: guided

Lanesboro

Region: Southern
Lanesboro Tours and Treasures
102 East Beacon Street
Lanesboro, MN 5949
Contact: Cheryl
Phone: (507) 467-4466
Website: www.tourstreasures.com
Tour Focus: Molly the Trolley makes its home at a lovingly restored 1880's Feed Mill. All aboard Molly for your narrated tour of Historic Lanesboro Minnesota where we celebrate the Art of Living Well. This tour includes the downtown area which has been listed as a Great American Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Information on past and present building uses will be explained along with a tour into Lanesboro's residential area where many of our Victorian Homes and Bed and Breakfasts are located. This tour also includes a stop at the State Fish Hatchery where each person will be able to feed the fish in open ponds. A narrative will be provided on our farming community. Photography opportunities include the scenic vistas of church hill and the Root River Dam. After your tour, enjoy the mills delightful selection of books, seasonal gifts and fashions.
Group Size: 8 minimum, no maximum
Cost: 8-14 passengers is $10/person, 15 or more passengers is $8.50/person
Availability: year-round
Tour Guide: staff

Lanesboro

Region: Southern
R&M Amish Tours
102 E Beacon St
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Phone: (507) 467-2128
E-mail: tours@acegroup.cc
Website: www.rmamish.com
Tour Focus: Step back in time and tour the largest community of Old Order Amish at their farms. Visit Amish farms and workshops and experience first-hand the interesting history of these Christian people. Browse and purchase Amish crafts, furniture, and baked goods. Enjoy a stop at the historical Lenora Stone Church built in 1856. Your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will share the rich history of our Amish friends, as well as stories about the first Amish families who came to the area in the 1970s.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $30/person, weekday discount of $2.50/person Mon-Fri. $150 step-on-guide for bus tours
Availability: year-round
Tour Guide: staff

LeSueur

Region: Southern
The Green Giant Archives/Le Sueur Museum
709 North Second Street
Le Sueur, MN 56058
Phone: (507) 665-2050
Tour Focus: Formerly the 1911 Union School, this building is now a museum that gives a complete history of the Green Giant Company, noted worldwide for its vegetables. Exhibits, video presentations, and archives tell the story.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Availability: Tue-Thu 10am-4:30pm throughout the year. Additional summer hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day: Tue-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 1pm-4:30pm. Extended hours are available by appointment.

LeSueur

Region: Southern
W.W. Mayo House
118 North Main Street
LeSueur, MN 56058
Contact: Becky Pollack
Phone: (507) 665-3250
E-mail: mayohouse.bp@gmail.com
Website: www.mayohouse.org
Tour Focus: Come tour this 1859 frontier home of the W.W. Mayo family, founders of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Dr. Mayo built this Gothic-style home and set up his first medical practice in MN. From 1874-1920, the historic home was owned and lived in by three generations of the Cosgrove family of the Green Giant Company.
Group Size: 8 minimum, 40 maximum
Cost: $4/adult, $3/senior, $2/age 6-16
Availability: By appointment, Aprl-Nov
Tour Guide: guided

Little Canada

Region: Metro
Little Canada Historical Society
515 Little Canada Rd
Little Canada, MN 55117
Contact: Kathleen Hanson
Phone: (651) 484-8846
Fax: (651) 766-4048
E-mail: Rgh30kjh@aol.com
Tour Focus: The City of Little Canada is a very unique, historic community. Did you know Little Canada received its name from French Canadians who settled here long ago? Stop by to learn more about this great community.
Group Size: 2 minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: By appointment, generally year-round
Tour Guide: No organized tours.

Little Falls

Region: Central
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
1620 Lindbergh Drive South
Little Falls, MN 56345
Contact: Melissa Peterson
Phone: (320) 616-5421
Fax: (320) 616-5423
E-mail: Lindbergh@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/lindbergh
Tour Focus: Visit the boyhood home and modern visitor center of the aviator who made the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. Watch flight footage, climb into a replica "Spirit of St. Louis" cockpit flight simulator and try your hand at flying Lindbergh's famous plane, and see family heirlooms and furnishings on a guided tour of Lindbergh's National Historic Landmark home.
Group Size: 10 minimum, no maximum
Cost: $8/adults, $7/seniors, active military with id and college students with id, $6/children 6-17, children under age 5 and MHS members free
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm, Sept and Oct: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm, closed Mondays except holidays. Group tours are year-round by appointment.
Tour Guide: MHS Interpretive Staff

Little Falls

Region: Central
Waller House Inn
301 Third Street SE
Little Falls, MN 56346
Phone: (320) 632-2836
Website: www.wallerhouseinn.com
Tour Focus: Enjoy this history and architecture tour of 1897 Queen Anne Victorian Home-now a Bed and Breakfast!
Group Size: 8 minimum, 40 maximum
Cost: $4/person (includes tour and beverages)
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: Raquel Lundberg, owner/innkeeper

Madison

Region: Southern
Lac Qui Parle County Historical Society/History Center
250 8th Ave So. on Hwy 75
Madison, MN 56256
Contact: Barb Redepenning
Phone: (320) 598-7678
E-mail: lqphistorycenter@lqpco.com 
website: www.lqphc.org
Tour Focus: Unique doll collection, antiques, Native American artifacts, large research library, military artifacts, township section, log cabin, rural school house, antique farm implements, late 1800s-early 1900s store displays, large military artifact section, and much more. Home of Minnesota's first Poet Laureate-Robert Bly. Also features a recent addition of the Bly Studio.
Group Size: 1 minimum, 100 maximum
Cost: Free-will Donation
Availability: May, 1 through October, 31 open: Mon-Fri 10am- 4pm, sat 10pm-3pm. Nov, 1st through April, 30 Open: Tue-Fri 10 am- 4pm by appointment. Please call ahead if you are a large group.
Tour Guide: Guided tours by trained staff or self-guided tours.

Mankato

Region: Southern
Blue Earth County Historical Society-Heritage Center
415 Cherry Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Contact: Jolynn Crowe
Phone: (507) 345-5566
E-mail: bechsms@hickorytech.net
Website: www.bechshistory.com
Tour Focus: This professionally designed state-of-the-art exhibit gallery illustrates the colorful history of Blue Earth County.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $3/adults, $1/students
Availability: Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm
Tour Guide: Self-guided

Mankato

Region: Southern
R.D. Hubbard House
606 South Broad Street
Mankato, MN 55601
Contact: Jolynn Crowe
Phone: (507) 345-5566
E-mail: bechsms@hickorytech.net
Website: www.bechshistory.com
Tour Focus: Built in 1871, the Hubbard House is the oldest remaining example of a 19th century mansion in the area. Its cherry woodwork, three marble fireplaces, silk wall coverings and signed Tiffany lampshade enhance the French Second Empire-style architecture. The fine carriage house contains a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and antique autos. Award-winning Victorian gardens complement the two buildings.
Group Size: 6 minimum, 100 maximum
Cost: $3/adults, $1/child
Availability: year-round, summer weekends, 1pm-4pm
Tour Guide: guided

Marine on the St. Croix

Region: Metro
Marine Mill
Center of Marine of the St. Croix on Judd Street
Marine on the St. Croix, MN 55047
Phone: (507) 697-6321
E-mail: marinemill@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/marinemill
Tour Focus: This was the location of what would become the first Minnesota commercial sawmill built in 1839. The sawmill, first run by waterpower and later by steam, operated under many names and owners and milled more than 197 million board feet of lumber by the time it closed in 1895. At that time its frame buildings were torn down and equipment sold to other sawmill companies. Today all that remains are portions of the stone foundations of the once huge sawmill. Interpretive signs, pathways, and an overlook above the ruins provide visitors with a glimpse of the history of this once active industrial site.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: May-Oct, dawn until dusk.
Tour Guide: self-guided

Mendota

Region: Metro
Sibley House Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
Contact: Kevin Maijala
Phone: (651) 452-1596
E-mail: sibleyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/sibleyhouse
Tour Focus: These 19th-century buildings include the home of Minnesota's first governor and that of a prominent fur trader, plus exhibits on the 1862 U.S. Dakota war.
Group Size: no minimum, 45 maximum. Call ahead for group reservations
Cost: $4/person
Availability: May 1-Memorial Day, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12:30pm-4pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri, Sat & Mon 10am-4pm, Sun 12:30-4pm

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Mill City Museum
704 S Second St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Contact: Pat Naidl
Phone: 612-341-7556
E-mail: mcm@mnhs.org
Website: www.millcitymuseum.org
Tour Focus: Built into the ruins of a historic flour mill, this museum tells the story of Minneapolis. Includes interactive exhibits, baking lab, cafe, and Mississippi River views.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $6/person
Availability: Year round; Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Call ahead for group tour reservations.
Tour Guide: guided

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Minnehaha Depot
Inside Minnehaha Park
Phone: (651) 228-0263
E-mail: minnehahadepot@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/minnehahadepot
Tour Focus: Minnehaha Depot was also known as the "Princess" because of its delicate gingerbread canopy. The Depot was built in 1875 to replace a smaller station on the first railroad line into the Twin Cities from Chicago. In the Depot's early years, Minneapolis residents flocked to Minnehaha Park via train to enjoy summer weekends.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Sun and Holidays 2pm-6pm
Tour Guide: self-guided

Montevideo

Region: Southern
Historic Chippewa City
P.O. Box 303
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: (320) 269-7636
E-mail: cchs@maxminn.net
Website: www.montechamber.com
Tour Focus: Journey back in time to a late 1800s village complete with a town square and gazebo. You will find authentic log cabins, an 1882 church, a rural school house and much more. "Sweet Land" was filmed here! Each building is authentically recreated and available to walk inside and see history up lose. Christmas in the Village is the first Saturday of every Decemeber.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $4/adult, $2/students, free for those under age 5
Availability: Memorial Day weekend-end of September
Tour Guide: self-guided

Montevideo

Region: Southern
Lac Qui Parle Mission
151 Pioneer Dr.
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: (320) 269-7636
E-mail: lacquiparle@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/lacquiparle
Tour Focus: A mission and fur post overlooked the Minnesota River 150 years ago and today the mission still stands. Joseph Renville, an explorer and fur trader whose mother was Dakota and father was French, established a fur post on the river in 1826 near a wide portion called Lac qui Parle. He invited missionaries to the area. After his death in 1846, Dakota opposition to the mission forced the missionaries out.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: April 26-Labor Day, daily 8am-8pm. Tour reservations recommended.

Montevideo

Region: Southern
Swensson Farm Museum
115 County Road 15 SE
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: (320) 269-7636
E-mail: cchs@maxminn.net
Tour Focus: The Swensson Farm Museum site consists of the 22 room family home, 1880's timber-frame barn, and family burial plot. Come see where one of Minnesota's most innovative immigrants lives. "Sweet Land" was filmed here! This site is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1.5 hour tour will delight visitors as they learn about the amazing family history and see the premiere barn in Minnesota. The Horse Power Event is held annually the second Saturday in September.
Group Size: Maximum group is 45-50
Cost: Groups over 30 people are $3/person, groups of under 30 people are $4/person with a minimum charge of $40.
Availability: Group tours are available from Memorial Day weekend-end of September
Tour Guide: The tour is guided by staff of the Chippewa County Historical Society

Moorhead

Region: Central
Clay County Historical Society
202 1st Avenue North
Moorhead, MN 56561
Contact: Mark Peihl
Phone: (218) 299-5525
E-mail: mark.peihl@ci.moorhead.mn.us
Website: www.info.co.clay.mn/history
Tour Focus: Enjoy these tours of current exhibits and educational programs about the Red River, Moorhead's Saloon District, the railroad, and more.
Group Size: 5 minimum, 50 maximum, flexible
Cost: $50 recommended donation
Availability: year-round, Mon-Fri preferred, by appointment
Tour guide: Mark Peihl, Archivist/Historian or Pam Buckhardt, Curator

Moorhead

Region: Central
Comstock House
506 Eighth Street South
Moorhead, MN 56560
Contact: Amanda Nordick
Phone: (218) 291-4211
E-mail: comstockhouse@gomoorhead.com
Website: www.mnhs.org/comstock
Tour Focus: On this tour, learn about the history of the Comstock family and their influences on the city of Moorhead and the state of Minnesota.
Group Size: 1 minimum, 30 maximum
Cost: $6/adult, $5/senior, $4/6-17 year olds, children 5 and under are free
Availability: June 1st-Sept 1st on Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-4pm, no appointment necessary. Sept 1st-June 1st, must make an appointment with a minimum of 5 people.
Tour Guide: Volunteers

Morton

Region: Southern
Birch Coulee Battlefield
68634 Co Rd 18
Morton, MN 56270
Phone: (507) 697-6321
E-mail: birchcoulee@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/birchcoulee
Tour Focus: Walk a self-guided trail through recreated prairie and read about the battle of Birch Coulee from the perspectives of Joseph Anderson, a captain in the U.S. Army, and Wamditanka (Big Eagle), a Mdewakanton soldier. Sketches from soldier Albert Colgrave provide vivid battle details. Guide posts help pinpoint where the U.S. soldiers were camped and the positions the Dakota took while surrounding the U.S. soldiers. Learn more about the U.S.-Dakota War at the nearby Fort Ridgely Historic Site or walk on the trails at the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site.
Group Size: No minimum, no maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: May-Oct, dawn until dusk. Call ahead for group reservations.
Tour Guide: self-guided

Morton

Region: Southern
Lower Sioux Agency
32469 County Highway 2
Morton, MN 56270
Contact: Tom Ellig
Phone: (507) 697-6321
E-mail: lowersioux@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/lowersioux
Tour Focus: This was the scene of the first attack in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. Exhibits and hands-on activities illustrate pre-reservation Dakota life and courses of the war. Tours available.
Group Size: preferred 45, maximum 90.
Cost: $4/adult group tours.
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Call ahead for group reservations, and winter hours.

New Ulm

Region: Southern
Brown County History Society's Museum
1 North Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073
Contact: Bob Burgess, Marilyn Hesse
Phone: (507) 233-2616
Website: www.browncountyhistorymnusa.org
E-mail: bchs@browncountyhistorymnusa.org
Tour Focus: This stunning building houses the best display on the Dakota Conflict of 1862 in Minnesota! Also, see the "Ulm Room" with artifacts from our "mother city," in Ulm, Germany, as well as seasonal displays, especially during December!
Group Size: 20 minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: $3/person
Availability: year-round, by appointment for groups
Tour Guide: guides are available

New Ulm

Region: Southern
Brown County Historical Society
2 North Broadway
New Ulm, MN 56073
Contact: Meghan Irwin, Office Manager
Phone: (507) 233-2616
E-mail: bchs@browncountyhistorymnusa.org
Tour Focus: Come tour this German Renaissance style building in the center of town. Enjoy the displays on county history including the Dacota conflict of 1862, the "Ulm Room," a gift from our sister city, Ulm, Germany, and rotating exhibits.
Group Size: 5-10 minimum, 75 maximum
Cost: $5/adult
Availability: By appointment, year-round
Tour Guide: volunteers or staff

New Ulm

Region: Southern
Harkin Store
P.O. Box 112
New Ulm, MN 56073
Contact: Ruth Grewe
Phone: (507) 354-8666
E-mail: harkinstore@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/harkinstore
Tour Focus: This tour focuses on a restored 1870s general store stocked with goods.
Group Size: no minimum, 60 maximum
Cost: $2/adult, children under 13 Free
Availability: May 10am-5pm weekends; Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day 10am-5pm; Tue-Sun; Sept-Oct 15, 10am-5pm weekends.
Tour Guide: self-guided with costumed guides to provide explanations along the way

Onamia

Region: Central
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Contact: Bradley Sam/Travis Zimmerman
Phone: (320) 532-3632
E-mail: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/millelacs
Tour Focus: Explore the history and culture of the Mille-Lacs Ojibwe, documenting their long struggle to survive. Authentic American-Indian artwork and crafts are sold.
Group Size: 10 preferred, 90 maximum
Cost: $6/adult group tours
Availability: All year round
Tour Guide: guided & self-guided

Owatonna

Region: Southern
Owatonna Walking Tour
320 Hoffman Drive
Owatonna, MN 55060
Contact: Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Phone: (507) 451-7970
Tour Focus: Explore historic Owatonna up-close on this unique walking tour. Visit historic churches, historic homes, the world famous Louis Sullivan designed bank, as well as the many other downtown buildings that are on the National Historic Register. Maps and accompanying descriptions provided.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round
Tour Guide: self-guided

Owatonna

Region: Southern
State School Orphanage Museum
540 West Hills Circle
Owatonna, MN 55060
Contact: Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Phone: (507) 451-7970
Tour Focus: Beginning in 1886 and continuing for 60 years, the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected children served as a temporary home for thousands of children. Tour the museum, buildings, grounds, and children's cemetery.
Group: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $5/person
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Owatonna

Region: Southern
Steele County Historical Society
1448 Austin Road
Owatonna, MN 55060
Contact: Laura Resler, director
Phone: (507) 451-1420
Fax: (507) 446-1220
Website: www.steelecohistoricalsociety.org
Tour Focus: Tour this 15-structure pioneer village that includes the Dunnell Mansion, two log cabins, Saco church, the depot and caboose, a general store with the post office, a museum of professions, a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, carriage house, town hall, farm machinery building, and a print shop.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: groups of 20 or more are $4/person, the regular rate is $5/person
Availability: May 1-Sept 30. The Dunnell House is available year-round. We will accommodate your schedule for times. Regular daily tours are at 1:30pm.
Tour Guide: Trained volunteer guides give the tours.

Owatonna

Region: Southern
Village of Yesteryear
1448 Austin Rd
Owatonna, MN 55060
Contact: Owatonna Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Phone: (507) 451-7970
Tour Focus: This tour includes the Dunnell House, a one-room school house, general store Meriden Post Office, fire hall, blacksmith shop, Bixby railroad depot, caboose, two log cabins, town hall, church, and farm machinery building. The museum includes displays of a barber shop, dentist chair, medical and photographic equipment.
Group: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $5/adults, $3/ages 7-16, age 6 and under is free
Availability: May-Sept
Tour Guide: guided

Pine City

Region: Northeast
Minnesota Historical Society, Northwest Company Fur Post
P.O. Box 51
Pine City, MN 55063
Contact: Patrich Schifferdecker
Phone: (320) 629-6356
Fax: (320) 629-6356
E-mail: nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/nmcfurpost
Tour Focus: Guides in costume assume roles of colorful characters of the fur trade era and provide tours of reconstructed 1804 British fur trading post and nearby Ojibwe Indian encampment. Demonstrations of carious crafts of fur trade life are portrayed.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 120 maximum
Cost: school groups $6.00 per person, adults groups $7.00 per person.
Availability: Memorial Day Weekend- Labor day Monday 10-5 Thur-Sat 10-5 Sun noon-5. Open Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day 10-5. May and Sep: Saturday 10-5. September through May tours are available by appointment.
Tour Guide: guided

Preston

Region: Southern
Historic Forestville (inside Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park)
21899 County 118 Rd
Preston, MN 55965
Phone: (507) 765-2785
E-mail: forestville@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/forestville
Tour Focus: The living history program involves the use of first-person role-playing, which allows visitors to see what the town was like through the eyes of the Meighen family and their paid workers in 1899. Visitors are guided through interpretive stations that include the store, house, kitchen, garden, granary, carriage barn, and cornfield, where they meet a variety of characters from the town. Once outside, visitors can move at their own pace and learn about the 19th century crops and field work, with many hands-on interactions available.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $5/person for group tour rate
Availability: Memorial Day Weekend-end of October
Tour Guide: All tours are guided by friendly, informative characters from 1899. This gives visitors a chance to ask questions and interact directly with the past.

Rockford

Region: Metro
Ames-Florida-Stork House
8131 Bridge Street, P.O. Box 186
Rockford, MN 55373
Phone: (763) 477-5383
E-mail: storkhouse@cityofrockford.org
Website: www.rockfordmnhistory.org
Tour Focus: Visitors to the historical society can enjoy tours of the Stork House, participate in programs for both children and adults, engage in historical and genealogical research, take in interesting exhibits and attend special events.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $3/person
Availability: Oct-Apr, 10am-4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; May-Sept 10 am-4 pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 10am-7pm Thursday; Year round by appointment
Tour Guide: manager

Sauk Centre

Region: Central
Sinclair Lewis Foundation
216 2nd Street N
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Contact: Colleen Steffes, President
Phone: (320) 351-6285
Fax: (320) 322-5202
E-mail: chamber@saukcentrechamber.com
Website: www.saukcentrechamber.com
Tour Focus: The Lewis Home shows life in 1920, where Lewis wrote, many Lewis artifacts are on display, and much more. The Interpretive Center is self-guided with no charge.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum.
Cost: $3/adult, $2.50/senior, $2/students 11-17, $1.50/ages 6-10
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm by appointment other days and months.
Tour Guide: volunteers, tour guides

Sauk Centre

Region:Central
Sauk Centre Historical Society
430 Main Street So
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Contact:Pam Borgmann
Phone: (320)-352-8777
Email: omsa_pam@mainstreetcom.com
Website:www.visitsaukcentre.com/attractions
Tour Focus: Exhibits rotate and bring the history of Sauk Centre past and present to future generations by preserving it through artifacts and recordings and assist people in researching their genealogy.
Group Size: Min 2 people, 50 Max
Cost: $5 donation requested
Availability: Year around Mon, 1-4 PM and summertime Mon and Fri 1-4 PM. Larger groups request Appointment
Tour Guide: Board Member

Schroeder

Region: Northeastern
Schroeder Area Historical Society
7932 W Highway 61
Schroeder, MN 55613
Contact:Suzan From
Phone: (218)-663-7706
Email: crheritage@boreal.org
Website:www.crossriverheritage.org
Tour Focus:Schroeder Area History and this year's traveling exhibit on loan from St. Louis County Historical Society 2014 Cross River Heritage Center Exhibit: Ojibwe Faces and Stories: The Legacy of Ancestral Portraits in the Eastman Johnson Lake Superior Indians Collections. There are also monthly are exhibits in August Carl Gawboys work will be exhibited.
Group Size: Min 1, Max 50
Cost: Free, Donations welcome.
Availability: Tues-Thurs, 10-3 PM
Tour Guide: Volunteer or Director, mostly self guided.

Schroeder

Region:Northeastern
Cross River Heritage Center
7932 West Highway 61
Schroeder, MN 55613
Contact: Sue From
Phone:(218)-663-7706
Email:crheritage@boreal.org
Website: www.crossriverheritage.org
Tour Focus:The Cross River Heritage Center located in Schroeder, MN on the North Shore of Lake Superior, is the place to visit to experience local heritage and culture. The building, with its distinguishing Tudor-style architecture, was originally built in 1929. Over time it has become a landmark, known by both tourists and local residents alike, as the heart of Schroeder. Its unusual architecture makes it the only Tudor building in Cook County since its construction. Through the years it has been home to The Stickney Inn, as well as a boarding house, restaurant, general store, post office, gas station and meat markets.
Group Size:Call ahead for arrangement
Cost: Free
Availability: May 23- Oct 18
Tour Guide:Sue From

 

Shakopee

Region: Metro
Scott County Historical Society
235 South Fuller Street
Shakopee, MN 55379
Contact: Kathleen Klehr
Phone: (952) 445-0378
Fax: (952) 445-4154
E-mail: info@scottcountyhistory.org
Website: www.scottcountyhistory.org
Tour Focus: Brewery History: Visit the places Scott County Breweries once called home & enjoy the pubs along the way. The Brewery History tour is a step-on bus tour and can be customized by towns & pubs to visit. If beer tastings are requested, we can make arrangements.Coming in 2015: Bike tours: learn the history of the Minnesota River Valley and Scott County from the seat of your bike.                                                                                                                       Group Size: Minimum number of people is 10 and the maximum is determined by bus size
Cost: The cost is determined by the number of people on the tour and the number of stops.
Availability: Tues-Wed-Fri-9am-4pm, Thu 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-3pm.
Tour Guide: guided

Shakopee

Region: Metro
The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park
(Three Rivers Park District)
2187 East County Road 101
Shakopee, MN 55379
Contact: Jefferson Spilman
Phone: (763) 694-7784
Fax: (952) 403-9489
E-mail: HistoricMurphysLanding@threeriversparkdistrict.org
Website: www.threeriversparkdistrict.org
Tour Focus: Experience life in Minnesota from the 1840s through 1890 with a visit to The Landing, a recreated living history museum nestled along the beautiful Minnesota River Valley near Shakopee. Costumed interpreters and authentic buildings show how 19th century Minnesotans established their lives on the frontier, farmstead and in villages.
Special events include: Early Minnesota Trades, Eagle Creek Fair, Candlelight Ghostwalk, Old Fashioned Trick or Treat, Minnesota River Walk, Remembrance Day, Folkways of the Holidays.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: Weekday tours $6/person (School tours: For every 25 children, you will receive 2 free adult admissions). Make reservation one month in advance.
Availability: The Landing is open daily May 26-September 3. Group tours and site rentals are available year-round by reservation. General Park Hours are Saturdays and Holidays 10am-5pm Sundays 12pm-5pm – Weekdays 10am-4pm (self-guided tours/reserved programs only).
Tour Guide: Pick up a self-guided tour brochure in the Visitor Center for a weekday visitor or bring the entire family to a special event on weekends.

St. Cloud

Region: Central
Stearns History Museum
235 33rd Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Contact: Tim Hoheisel
Phone: (320) 253-8424
Fax: (320) 253-2172
E-mail: info@stearns-museum.org  
Website: www.stearns-museum.org
Tour Focus: Outstate Minnesota's only nationally accredited history museum with an 8,500 square foot two-level exhibit galley, theatre, children's play room, research center, and museum store set in a 100-acre nature park. The museum features the history of central Minnesota. Handicap accessible, free parking. A living history performance is available for $50.
Group Size: no minimum, 100 maximum
Cost: $7/adult, $3 child 
Availability: year-round, daily-please call to schedule
Tour Guide: guided and self-guided

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Kathleen Lindenberg
Phone: (651) 296-8719
E-mail: ramseyhouse@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/ramseyhouse
Tour Focus: One of the country's best-preserved Victorian homes, with over 14,000 original furnishings, it belonged to Minnesota's first territorial governor.
Group Size: 60 preferred, 120 maximum
Cost: $6/adult group rates, holidays.
Availability: Year round Fri & Sat 10am-3pm, or by appt. Holidays extended hours. Call ahead for special group times, reservations recommended.

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55111
Contact: Kevin Maijala
Phone: (612) 726-1171
E-mail: ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/fortsnelling
Tour Focus: This fort was once the farther U.S. outpost in Dakota territory, set on the Mississippi and Minnesota River bluffs. Visitors can interact with costumed interpreters. Check out the website for special events throughout the season.
Group Size: no minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: $6/person
Availability: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm; May, Sept & Oct: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Tour Guide: Costumed interpreters

St. Paul

Region: Metro
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Craig Johnson
Phone: (651) 296-9396
Fax: (651) 297-5655
E-mail: craig.johnson@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/hillhouse
Tour Focus: Tours emphasize the life and career of James J. Hill, family and servant life, the architecture and interior design of the house, and the technological systems that provided heat, power, light, and communication for this 36,000 square-foot "Gilded Age" home. Tour content can be adjusted to fit group needs.
Group Size: no minimum, 150 maximum
Cost: $6/person, $70 minimum for group tours
Availability: Public tours are available Wed-Sat 10am-3:30pm and Sun 1pm-3:30pm. Group tours are available by appointment, year-round.
Tour Guide: Professional tour guides

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: (651) 259-3000
E-mail: schedulingoffice.education@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/historycenter
Tour Focus: A museum with permanent and traveling exhibits including the new "MN150' show, plus state archives, a cafe and the world's largest Minnesota-focused library. Tours available.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $6/person
Availability: Year round; Tues 10am-8pm, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Minnesota Landmarks, Inc
Landmark Center
75 West 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Diane Lewis
Phone: (651) 292-3230
Fax: (651) 292-3272
Web Site: www.landmarkcenter.org
E-mail: dlewis@landmarkcenter.org
Tour Focus: Old federal courts building circa 1902. Beautiful center atrium, four restored courtrooms, Richardsonia Romanesque architecture and in-house art gallery.
Tour Size & Cost: For Building Tour 10 minimum and 100 maximum, free. For Gangster Tour, any number of people are allowed with a $50 minimum and $2 additional for each person after the first 25 individuals.
Availability: Tours should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

St. Peter

Region: Southern
Nicollet County Historical Society-Treaty Site History Center
1851 North Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
Contact: Alyssa Auten or Kris LeClerc
Phone: (507) 934-2160
Fax: (507) 934-0172
E-mail: museum@nchsmn.org
Website: www.nchsmn.org
Tour Focus: On this tour, enjoy learning the history of early settlers, including the Dakota Indians and their relationship with the U.S. government along with intertwining all of Nicollet County's rich history.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $4/person for groups of 10 or more; $5/person for less than 10 people
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: self-guided or guided

Taylors Falls

Region: Metro
Folsom House
272 West Government St.
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Phone: (651) 465-3125
E-mail: folsomhours@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org
Tour Focus: Tour this lovely frame home in the Taylors Falls' Angel Hill district, a New England-style village. The home of lumber baron W.H.C. Folsom features St. Croix River views. Folsom moved his family to Taylors Falls in 1850. He served as state representative for one term and state senator for six terms.
Group Size: 45 minimum, no maximum
Cost: $4/adult, $1/age 6-12, free for MHS members
Availability: Memorial Day weekend-October 15, 1pm-4:30pm daily, except Tuesdays.

Thief River Falls

Region: Central
Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Phone: (218) 681-5767
E-mail: pchstrf@mncable.net
Website: www.pvillage.org
Tour Focus: Enjoy a unique opportunity to walk through a replica of a northern Minnesota pioneer town with vintage gardens and 19 old buildings and artifacts from the past.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $5/person, children under age 12 are free when accompanied by an adult
Availability: Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, 1pm-5pm
Tour Guide: guided upon request/appointment

Two Harbors

Region: Northeast
Split Rock Lighthouse
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Phone: (218) 226-6372
E-mail: splitrock@mnhs.org
Website: www.splitrocklighthouse.org
Tour Focus: 20-minute introductory tours or 45-minute educational tours of the historic light station talk about the storms and shipwrecks that resulted in the building of this lighthouse in 1909.  Tours also visit the lighthouse, fog signal building, and a restored lighthouse keeper's home.  A visitor center features exhibits, a film, and museum store.  Split Rock Lighthouse is a national historic landmark within Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.
Group Size: 45 Preferred group size, 90 maximum
Cost: $7/adult group tours
Availability: May 15-Oct 15, daily 10am-6pm; Call for winter hours
Tour Guide: guided, self-guided

Virginia

Region: Northeast
Heritage Museum
800 9th Avenue North, P.O. Box 736
Virginia, MN 55792
Contact: Betty Birnstihl
Phone: (218) 741-1136
E-mail: virghist@virginiamn.com
Website: www.homepage.virgiiniamn.com/~historicalsociety
Tour Focus: Located in beautiful Olcott Park, the museum complex consists of the former park superintendent's residence, a Finnish log house and a depression-era tourist cabin. Permanent exhibits depict the giant Virginia & Rainy Lake Sawmill Company, Virginia's fires of 1893 and 1900 and the interurban electric railway system. Changing exhibits are found throughout the buildings. The museum also houses local archival and artifact collections. The facility is handicapped accessible.
Group Size: no minimum, 40 maximum
Cost: suggested donation of $1.00
Availability: May 1-Sept 30, Tues-Sat 11am-4pm; Oct 1-Apr 30, Thur-Sat, 11am-4pm. *Groups larger than 10 should schedule a tour ahead of time so that enough help is available.
Tour Guide: Staff

Walnut Grove

Region: Southern
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Information Center
330 Eighth Street
Walnut Grove, MN 56180
Contact: Amy Ankrum
Phone: (507) 859-2358
E-mail: lauramuseum@walnutgrove.org
Website: www.walnutgrove.org
Tour Focus: Author Laura Ingalls Wilder lived on the Banks of Plum Creek in 1874 near Walnut Grove. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has 7 buildings for viewing, telling the history of the Charles Ingalls family and Almanzo Wilder family. The Wilder Pageant is held the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weekends in July along the banks of Plum Creek.
Group Size: no minimum, 50 maximum
Cost: $5/person for those 13 and older, $2/age of 6-12
Tour Guide: self-guided, guides available for extra $25

Watson

Region: Southern
Lac Qui Parle Mission
115 140th Ave NW
Watson, MN 56295
Phone: (320) 269-7636
E-mail: lacquiparle@mnhs.org
Website: www.mnhs.org/lacquiparle
Tour Focus: The Lac qui Parle Mission is home to many Minnesota firsts! See where the first church bell to toll in Minnesota was located, and where the Bible was translated into the Dakota language. Mission Sunday is held annually the second Sunday in July.
Group Size: no minimum or maximum
Cost: $35/per group
Availability: Group tours are available May-Sept
Tour Guide: The tour is guided by staff of the Chippewa County Historical Society

White Bear Lake

Region: Metro
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 10543
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Contact: Joan Michaud
Phone: (651) 407-5327
Fax: (651) 407-5328
E-mail: wblahistsoc@goldengate.net
Tour Focus: Guides relive the colorful past of Minnesota's first resort town in this 1879 home.
Group: 5 minimum, 40 maximum
Cost: $5/adult, $3/age 12 and under
Availability: Thursday evenings, mid-June through July, 6:45pm and 7:45pm or year-round by appointment
Tour Guide: staff employee or volunteer

Windom

Region: Southern
Cottonwood County Historical Society
812 4th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101
Contact: Linda Fransen
Phone: (507) 831-1134
Fax: (507) 831-2665
Tour Focus: Two areas of interest at the Historical Society include the Remick Art Gallery which has 5 changing exhibits a year-three focus on local artists and one focuses on students. There is also the Christmas Festival of Trees. The Exhibit Hall showcases the museum collection in thematic displays on the history of the county.
Group Size: 12 minimum, 35 maximum
Cost: no cost, donations accepted
Availability: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm by appointment for tours year-round, Sat 10am-4pm
Tour Guide: Board member, volunteer, staff or director depending on availability