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The Winnebago Area Museum Relies On Memberships And Generous Donations From Our Visitors To Continue Our Mission To Conserve, Research, Interpret, And Exhibit Artifacts And Historical Items From The Area, And Share Them With The Public For The Purpose Of Study, Education And Enjoyment.


Winnebago Area History

In September of 1856 five young men (Dr. Charles H. Parker, Andrew Dunn, Warren Dunham, James Sherlock and Elija Barritt), desiring to establish a frontier town, explored possibilities in the southern counties of....

Winnebago Area Museum

The Winnebago Area Museum began as an outgrowth of the 1976 Bicentennial celebration for the nation. State Bicentennial monies were available for heritage projects in Minnesota at this time. Interested citizens realized there was a need for a museum. They wrote a grant and applied for funding.....

Our Mission Statement

The Mission of the Winnebago Area Museum is to conserve, research, interpret and exhibit the artifacts and historical items from the area and share them with the public for the purpose of study, education and enjoyment.



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  • The Winnebago Area Museum and the Muir Library are sponsoring a program entitled "Exploring A Travois with the Lower Sioux Agency.
    The program is designed for families an is FREE to attend. The program will be held Thursday, September 21,
    6:30 p.m.
    at the Museum,
    16 Main Street South
    Winnebago, MN 56098.

    Description of the program:
    Learn about the material and cultural innovations the Dakota people developed in order to survive the prairie, including the travois pack, a traditional American Indian tool used to move belongs across the prairie. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity investigating items that Dakota would have used in their daily life and packed on a travois.

    This program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  • Winnebago Area Museum Invites You to Attend the 40th Anniversary Gala Wine Tasting Party
    Saturday, October 28th, 2017
    5 to 7 PM
    at the Riverside Town and Country Club
    Tickets are $40.00 per Person

    Taste a Variety of Wine Selections and Appetizers
    Tickets are available at
    Riverside Town and Country Club,
    First Financial Bank and
    The Winnebago Area Museum
    (Proceeds go toward new museum expansion project)


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