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Historic House Museums in Minnesota

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Minnesota current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Minnesota that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Austin

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Hormel Historic Home

208 4th Ave. NW
Austin, MN  55912
Phone: (507) 433-4243

Year Built: 1871
Admission Price: $3 for Self-Guided Tour, Group tours start at $6.
Hours: M-F 10-4:30 p.m.

Built in 1871 and then purchased and remodeled by George A. Hormel, the founder of Hormel Foods, the home has been preserved beautifully. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Hormel family history is told throughout the house with photographs and a few family artifacts. Filled with rich hardwoods, leaded glass windows, and period décor, the home preserves the Hormel family values of education, music and hospitality. The Peace Garden was added in 2002.

Duluth

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Glensheen

3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
Phone: (218) 726-8910

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Glensheen, a historic estate on the shores of Lake Superior, offers a slice of turn-of-the-last-century opulence. Its 1908 collection is intact, completely immersing you in the life of one of Minnesota’s most influential families. Beyond the 39-room mansion, visitors can also explore seven-acres of formal gardens and working vegetable gardens, the tennis court and bowling green, and the carriage house featuring the Congdons’ carriages

Elk River

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Oliver H. Kelley Farm

15788 Kelley Farm Rd.
Elk River, MN  55330
Phone: (763) 441-6896

Year Built: 1860
Admission Price: Adults $9, Seniors/Students $7, Children $6
Hours: See their website

Step onto a working 1860s farm, home to Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. Activities follow the farming cycle and change with the season, making each visit unique. Visitors can meet the animals in the barn, help work in the fields and gardens, and see what’s cooking in the farmhouse.

Faribault

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Alexander Faribault House

12 First Avenue
Faribault, MN  55021
Phone: (507) 332-2121

Year Built: 1853
Admission Price: $2
Hours: By appointment

The Alexander Faribault House was built in the Greek Revival style in 1853 by Alexander Faribault for a cost of $4000.00. The Faribault family lived in the house for a few years, moving a few years later to a large brick mansion on the bluffs overlooking the Straight River. The house was used as a civic center and as a private home. The house was saved from destruction in 1945 by RCHS and has since gone through several renovations as the building has been stabalized.

Hastings

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LeDuc Historic Estate

1629 Vermillion Street
Hastings, MN  55033
Phone: (651) 437-7055

Year Built: 1866
Admission Price: Cal for info
Hours: 10am-4pm, Thu-Sun

Newly restored 1866 Gothic Revival stone house, carriage barn and ice house on 4.5 acres inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing. Built on the edge of the frontier by William and Mary LeDuc, influential early Minnesotans.

Le Sueur

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W.W. Mayo House

118 N. Main St.
Le Sueur, MN  56058
Phone: (507) 665-3250

Year Built: 1859
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors/Students $5, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Built in 1859, the small house was the home of the founder of the Mayo Clinic. His office is on the second floor.

Little Falls

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Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site

1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN  56345
Phone: (320) 616-5421

Year Built: 1906
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors/Students $7, Children $6
Hours: See their website

Charles Lindbergh's 1927 flight from New York to Paris launched an aviation revolution. Tour his boyhood home, explore the visitor center exhibits, including a "Spirit of St. Louis" flight simulator, and walk an interpretive trail along the river. Additional trails are located in the adjacent Charles A. Lindbergh State Park.

Mankato

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Betsy's & Tacy's House Tours - Maud Hart Lovelac

332 and 333 Center Street
Mankato, MN  56001
Phone: (507) 345-9777

Year Built:
Admission Price: $3 Adults, $1 Children - Special rates available f
Hours: March-December every Saturday 12-3:00 p.m.

MN Author Maud Hart Lovelace childhood home. As depicted in her series of Betsy-Tacy books, these are the childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy) and "Bick" Kenney (Tacy). In 1938 Maud began writing Betsy-Tacy, inspired by the oft-repeated stories about her childhood that she told Merian, her daughter, at bedtime. The book was wildly successful, and the rest of the series followed at a steady pace. These homes are fully restored as a museum to look just as it did when Maud (Betsy) lived there from 1892-1906. Gift shop and museum.

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R. D. Hubbard House

606 S. Broad St.
Mankato, MN  56001
Phone: (507) 345-5566

Year Built: 1871
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2
Hours: See their website

R.D. Hubbard-entrepreneur and founder of Hubbard Milling Company which was the largest flour mill in southern Minnesota-built his house in three stages: 1871, 1888 and 1905. The family occupied the house until 1938 when purchased by the Historical Society. A quarter of the displayed furniture once belonged to the Hubbard family; the remainder of the furnishings and furniture date to the early 1900s.

Mantorville

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Restoration House

540 N Main St
Mantorville, MN  55955
Phone: (507) 635-5140

Year Built: 1856
Admission Price: Donations
Hours: 1-5pm, Tue-Sun

Built in 1856, the house depicts life in the 1850s.

Mendota

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Sibley House Historic Site

1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Mendota, MN  55150
Phone: (651) 452-1596

Year Built: 1838
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors $6, Students $5
Hours: Call for info

This museum is comprised of two houses. The 1838 Sibley house was the first stone house in Minnesota. Next door is the Faribault house which was built shortly after the Sibley house. The houses are furnished in period, with some original furnishings.

Moorhead

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Comstock House

506 Eighth St. S.
Moorhead, MN  56560
Phone: (218) 291-4211

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors/Students $5, Children $4
Hours: 5:30-8pm Thu, 1-4pm Sat-Sun, Memorial Day to Labor Day

The Comstock House was built in 1883 by Solomon G. Comstock, a politician, businessman and civic leader. Comstock was a U.S. Representative, established the First National Bank of Moorhead and Moorhead State University, and helped James J. Hill build a railroad system in the Red River Valley. His daughter, Ada Comstock, became the first dean of women at the University of Minnesota and later president of Radcliffe College. Guided tours interpret the Victorian house and the original Queen Anne Eastlake furnishings.

Owatonna

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Village of Yesteryear

1448 Austin Rd.
Owatonna, MN  55060
Phone: (507) 451-1420

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Students$3
Hours: Tours at 1:30pm, Tue-Sun, May thru Sep

The Village of Yesteryear, operated by the Steele County Historical Society, is a setting of fifteen structures where you can experience what life was like in Owatonna and Steele County at the turn of the 20th Century. The village hosts a history Extravaganza in July.

Paynesville

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Paynesville Historical Society School House and Pi

251 Ampe Drive
Paynesville, MN 
Phone: (320) 243-7547

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-4pm, Tue-Sat, Jun thru Labor Day

Three buildings, a church, school, and home, feature exhibits illustrating pioneer life.

Rockford

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Ames-Florida-Stork House

8131 Bridge Street
PO Box 186
Rockford, MN  55373
Phone: (763) 477-5383

Year Built: 1861
Admission Price: $5, Children 6 and younger are free
Hours: 10am-4pm, Tue and Thu

Located along the banks of the Crow River in Rockford, MN, the Rockford Area Historical Society was formed in 1986 to collect, preserve and interpret Rockford's dynamic history. The historical society also manages the Ames-Florida- Stork House, a historic house museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Saint Paul

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Alexander Ramsey House

265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
Phone: (651) 296-8760

Year Built: 1872
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Explore the unexpected at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. Through special events and programming visitors can immerse themselves in life from the 1870s. The home was built by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor.

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Gibbs Museum

2097 West Larpenteur Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55113
Phone: (651) 646-8629

Year Built: 1854
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Children $5
Hours: 12-4pm, Wed-Sun

The original log cabin was constructed in 1854. The cabin offered Jane a space for a stove and dry sink. A loft for storage and later used as a sleeping loft for the children. There was room for a full sized bed and some extra room for their new daughter to play. As the family grew the log cabin seemed to shrink. In 1867 the family nearly quadrupled the size of their house. The addition included a parlor, a small room off the parlor, and four bedrooms upstairs.

Sauk Centre

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Sinclair Lewis Boy Hood Home

810 Sinclair Lewis Ave
Sauk Centre, MN  56378
Phone: (320) 352-5201

Year Built: 1885
Admission Price: Adults $5
Hours: 10am-4pm Tue-Sat, Memorial Day to Labor Day

The restored childhood home of America's first winner of the Nobel prize for literature contains early 20th century furnishings and original artifacts.

St. Paul

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James J. Hill House

240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55102
Phone: (651) 297-2555

Year Built: 1891
Admission Price: Adults $9, Seniors/Students $7, Children $6
Hours: 10am-3:30pm Wed-Sat, 1-3:30pm Sun

Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family.

Stillwater

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Warden's House Museum

602 North Main Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
Phone: (651) 439-5956

Year Built: 1853
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $1
Hours: 1-5pm Thu-Sun, May-Oct

Warden's House Museum was built in 1853 as the residence of the Minnesota Territorial Prison warden. Over time there were thirteen wardens that lived in the house until 1914 when the prison moved to its present site in Bayport.

Taylors Falls

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Folsom House

272 West Government Street
Taylors Falls, MN  55084
Phone: (651) 465-3125

Year Built: 1855
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors, Students and Children $1
Hours: 1-4pm Fri-Sun, Memorial Day thru Sep

Completed in 1855 by lumber baron W.H.C. Folsom, this 2-story frame home sits in the Angel Hill district of Taylors Falls, a New England-style village. The home is furnished with original belongings.

Winona

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Bunnell House

160 Johnson
Winona, MN  55987
Phone: (507) 454-2723

Year Built: 1851
Admission Price: Adults $5, Students $3
Hours: 10am-5pm, Wed-Sat, 1-5pm Sun, Jue-Aug

An outstanding example of Rural (or Steamboat) Gothic Architecture, the home is built of northern white pine and furnished with items appropriate to the mid-to-late 1800's. Knowledgeable guides walk visitors through three floors of pioneers life, encompassing the historical period during which Native American canoes gave way to steamboats and game-trails became roads and highways for Euro-Americans.

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