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Immerse yourself in programs designed to inspire.

Historic Harvest Fest

Join us at the Stearns History Museum for the 2nd Annual Historic Harvest Fest! This year, we are going bigger and better- with more carnival-style games, a cake walk, games on the plaza, a tour of our Victory Garden, and much more! We will also be on the lookout for the best hotdish recipe!

Where: Stearns History Museum Plaza
When: Saturday, September 24, 10 am-1pm
Cost: Nonmembers- $10, $5 for children, Members- free

Hops and History: A Celebration of Brewing

Join us at the Stearns History Museum for the 2nd annual Hops and History: A Celebration of Brewing! Once again this fall, we will be privileged to host four local craft breweries and one cidery on our very own Plaza, as they pour some of their standout beverages for guests! One ticket gets you a 6 oz. glass that you can fill as many times as you’d like- try them all!

Where: Stearns History Museum Plaza
When: Saturday, October 1, 1-4pm
Cost:  $25/person (no member price)

Sundown Cemetery Tour

This fall, join us for a lovely cemetery tour as the autumn sun sets. We will meet at North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud, discuss the history of the beautiful cemetery itself, and make stops at several graves of interest. Afterwards, the group will meet for a toast to the fallen at the Martini Lounge in downtown St. Cloud.

Where: North Star Cemetery and the Martini Lounge (Red Carpet)
When: Saturday, October 15, 430 pm
Cost: $7/person – Nonmember (bring money for the martinis!) – Members free

Breakfast Club

Our popular Breakfast Club series is back! On the second Wednesday of every even-numbered month, come to the museum for donuts, coffee, and history! And just to spice things up, we are taking Breakfast Club on the road in April and August of 2022! It’s free for members and just $7 per session for nonmembers.

YouTube Videos

If you’re interested in learning a little local history from the comfort of your own home or screen, check out our YouTube page! We have videos on everything from the Jefferson Highway to scary clowns to making your own delicious cocktails at home!

Century Farms Program

In June of each year, we honor Stearns County families by designating their farms as Century Farms with the installation of commemorative markers. This program recognizes the long history of area farmers as stewards of the land and the tradition of passing down a way of life to family members.

Memory Writers

A writing group that meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10 AM, Memory Writers provides both writing topics and the opportunity to share your work. This program is free to Museum Members, and $7 per meeting for non-members. Join in to polsih your writing skills while telling your story.

St. Cloud Area Genealogists

The St. Cloud Area Genealogists meet the third Tuesday of the month – January-May and September-November – at the Stearns History Museum. Meetings start at 7 p.m. Cost: Free-will donation for nonmembers.

Civil War Roundtable

This group meets at 3 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month during the academic year at the Stearns History Museum. Each meeting focuses on a different Civil War topic, and is open to the public. Cost for nonmembers is usually a freewill offering.

Discover Your Program

Programs at the Stearns History Museum have been created especially for visitors like you, who are as excited about history as we are. We’ve designed each one to be a unique experience where you can interact with our resources, our museum staff, and other like-minded participants.

These programs can be something you try once or look forward to each month. Explore our current program offerings below, and find dates for each one on our Calendar.

Exploring History & Culture in Central Minnesota: HMML Event Series

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) presentations are part of the Exploring History & Culture in Central MN series, which is a partnership between Benton County Historical Society, Morrison County Historical Society, Stearns History Museum, and Sherburne History Center. There will be four presentations in all. Enjoy!

Field Trips & Guided Tours

The Stearns History Museum is a great destination for school groups and other groups interested in a guided tour through our exhibits. Our Program Curator can tailor our offerings to your specific age group, interests, time frame, or other need. Contact us directly to learn more.

Program Support

Programs at Stearns History Museum are created and managed by our internal staff, and funded by generous donations from community members like you.

Consider supporting our programs with a financial gift to the Stearns History Museum at any time of year. Thank you for your support.

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Museum Hours:

Wed. - Sat. 10-5,
Sunday 12-4.