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Address: 2231 Grant Street, Clinton, IA 52733-3191
Phone Number: +1 563-242-0343
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Discover when Clinton was one of the lumber capitals of the world. The...

Discover when Clinton was one of the lumber capitals of the world. The museum features exhibits for all ages, regular special programming, and hands on learning.

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Sawmill Museum

Great little museum with lots to see. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Awesome little cabins for kids to play in. Nice little gift shop with good pricing on goods. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
cardinalkid1974
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Great little museum with lots to see. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Awesome little cabins for kids to play in. Nice little gift shop with good pricing on goods. I will be visiting again.

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Thank cardinalkid1974
Townsend DE
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Our friends own a sawmill in Delaware and so it was very fascinating to hear the history with the Clinton mills.

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Thank barbsamson
Muscatine, Iowa, United States
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Few people know (other from the name of their minor league ball team, the Lumber Kings) that Clinton, Iowa, was once the lumber capital of the Midwest, at least until the northern woods were converted to farms around the turn of the 20th century. This little museum brings things alive for young and old, and even features a Disney "Hall... More 

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Thank Walter C
Illinois
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I took my 'little sister' in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program to the Sawmill Museum. It was the first time for both of us and we had a great time and learned a little history along the way!

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Thank IllinoisLisa
Invercargill, New Zealand
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66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Nice to see some of the history of Clinton Iowa. Clinton was once a large lumber city. Interesting to see how the lumber industry developed. Sadly to see how quickly the lumber disappeared.

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Matt P, Manager at The Sawmill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and your kind words about our staff. More 

Coralville
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49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Clinton, Iowa was once known as "The Lumber Capital of The World" and claimed to have more millionaires per capita than any other city. This museum takes you back to those days with wonderful exhibits, demonstrations and even hands-on exhibits. This museum is well cared for and the town prides itself on the history and legends of the days of... More 

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Thank n1nna
Marseilles, Illinois
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

By happy accident we spent the night in a motel here and planned a visit to the sawmill museum. I must say it was a bit difficult to find, there needs to be signs posted to help guide folks. Having said that it is a very nice small museum. It was interesting to learn about how trees came from the... More 

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Thank Mrsesp1
Freeport, Illinois
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A well presented layout for anyone that has an interest in the logging activities in a bygone era. Staff is knowledgeable and they have a gift shop with reasonable priced items.

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Thank Dave Y
Matt P, Manager at The Sawmill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind response. Our staff and volunteers love to hear the positive feedback. We hope to see you in Clinton again, especially this summer. More 

Savannah, Georgia
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155 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Sawmill Museum is one of the best ways to get a feel for Clinton's lumber baron history. I It gets less than 5 stars only because it is relatively small. However it offers information on a variety of levels for children through adults. Exhibits include artistic photographs of barns, information on forests and lumber industry, profiles of major lumber... More 

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Thank Eacoy
Matt P, Manager at The Sawmill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review. A perfect review of the museum. I am so glad you were able to these aspects of the museum during your visit. On the size of our museum, we have plans to remedy that! More 

Chicagoland
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278 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

There is a mansion you can tour in Clinton - the George Curtis Mansion - that is historically tied to the lumber industry. The sawmill museum has a lot of artifacts from the 1800s and early 1900s and is definitely educational for the whole family. Both attractions should be tied together. In setting up a tour, we are going to... More 

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Matt P, Manager at The Sawmill Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We agree that the best way to enjoy our museum is discovering all that Clinton and the Gateway area has to offer. The area is rich in heritage tourism, and one can spend hours discovering the legacy left by the lumber industry. More 

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