International Owl Center126 E Cedar St
PO Box 536
Houston, MN 55943
Few people are lucky enough to see these nocturnal raptors in the wild, but everyone can see live owls at the International Owl Center. Not only can you meet the owl ambassadors, you can feel how soft an owl wing is, explore owl art from around the world, find out more about the language of the Great Horned Owl, learn how to identify owls by their calls, and experience a stunning collection of mounted owls. The gift shop will tempt you with everything from plush owl puppets to locally made owl art.
Special COVID procedures are in effect (pre-register for a specific time slot, masks are required, etc.) Please check our website to see our current hours.
While you're visiting Houston be sure to look around town for the Parade of Owls permanent public art tour and the colorful owl street banners made by children from around the world, as well as the Natural Playground, Root River Trail, and Root River.
The International Owl Center is a non-profit organization working to make the world a better place for owls through education and research. It is located in the bluff country region of southeast Minnesota, which makes up only 3% of the state's area yet hosts over 40% of the state's rare species.
Hours & Dates
- Friday: 10:00am - 3:30pm
- Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
- Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm
- Adults: $7.00
- Ages 4-17: $4.00
Adults: $7, Students 4-17: $4, 3 and under: free, Members: FREE
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 66 reviews
This is an out-of-the-way gem in Southeastern Minnesota. It is located in an old storefront on the main street through Houston.
Upon entry you can't help but notice the gorgeous owl art projects...
— workhardplayhard27, October 4, 2020
We drove all the way from Tulsa, OK just to see this place. The owls were beautiful. It is very small, but they have purchased land for a bigger site. They only have 4 owls there at a time. The...
— kimg2776, July 10, 2020
Every year a few of us girls take a road trip and see what we can find. This year we ended up in south eastern Minnesota and checked out the International Owl Center. While there, we sat in on a...
— cmkwan1, January 5, 2020
We will for sure be back to visit the International Owl Center in Houston, MN! we were there on a rainy Saturday (10/05/2019). Presentations are at 11am and 2pm, I highly recommend going for one of...
— Roxanne B, October 11, 2019
Ever see a live Great Horned Owl? You can at the International Owl Center. And much more.
Based in Houston, Minnesota the International Owl Center is fascinating. You can see several live owls...
— Lone_Star_59, September 21, 2019