Connecting people through the power of history and culture

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Research Center by appointment only on Tuesdays

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Bus Tour

Ladies, celebrate the Summer Solstice by joining the museum for a fun and tasty afternoon in the southeastern part of the county! Enjoy a tour and summer picnic at Fairhaven Mill Park as well as tours and tastings at Millner Heritage Winery in Kimball.

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"I Want My 1980s" Exhibit Now Open

To those who lived through the 1980’s there are certain words that will always be associated with the decade,  like BIG (big hair, big shoulder pads, big greed, the Big Gulp, the movie ‘Big’), BOLD (bold design, bold fashion and music choices), BRIGHT (bright colors, bright computer screens) may be the first to come to mind but probably the most appropriate word is CONTRADICTION. The 1980’s was a decade of excitedly looking forward to a seemingly limitless future of technological advances while at the same time stubbornly reminiscing over the safe, but curated, landscape of the past. Join us as we explore this complicated and immensely important time in our collective history.

The exhibit “I Want My 1980’s!” is now open during regular business hours, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Save the Date: 40th Anniversary Open House

Saturday June 29, 1:00-3:00pm

Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stearns History Museum in Heritage Park.  Program on the plaza at 1:00pm followed by the opening of the new exhibit “Home at Last: The Building of the Stearns History Museum” and refreshments by Songbird Kitchens.  Free to the public as part of Granite City Days.  Learn more about the the building and all the 1980s inspired celebrations by clicking below.

Experience the History!

Join us for our 4th annual World War II Living History Experience! On July 13th and 14th, the grounds of the museum will be filled with authentic World War II military vehicles, live reenactors, weapons demonstrations, and more! We will also have activities for the whole family, You won’t want to miss it!

Century Farms Program

The Century Farm program began in 1978 as a local spinoff of the Minnesota State Fair/The Farmer Magazine program and honors Stearns County families by designating their farms as Century Farms with the installation of commemorative markers.

Stearns History Museum Digital Collections

View Stearns History Museum’s digital collections on the Minnesota Digital Library website!

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The Stearns County History Museum is more than just a museum – it’s a vibrant community hub that brings people together to learn, connect, and celebrate the unique heritage of central Minnesota.

By becoming a sponsor of the Stearns County History Museum, you’ll help preserve the region’s history for generations to come!

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Everybody’s got a story to tell, and research can help you find it. See how Stearns History Museum is your window into the world of history.

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Our Current Wishlist


As a nonprofit organization, we depend on your support both in the financial form, as well as through specific donations and contributions.

Some of our current needs include the following:

  • Financial support for Ancestry.com subscription
  • Landscaping supplies for gardens and berms
  • Oversized planters, dirt, and plants for the plaza
  • Disposable plates, cups, napkins for events
  • A subscription to Lightworks editing for video content

 

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George & Mary Rindelaub
St Joseph Mutual Insurance
Jupiter Moon
Magnifi Financial
George & Mary Rindelaub
St Joseph Mutual Insurance
Jupiter Moon
Magnifi Financial
George & Mary Rindelaub
St Joseph Mutual Insurance
George & Mary Rindelaub
George & Mary Rindelaub
George & Mary Rindelaub
George & Mary Rindelaub