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The Sawmill Museum

2231 Grant Street, Clinton, IA 52733-3191
+1 563-242-0343
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Clinton
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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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Savannah, Georgia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
63 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Chicagoland
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36 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Neat little muesum that details the history of logging in the Clinton area,. Very interesting worth an hour of your time.

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

Thank you so much for leaving a review. I can't think of a better description! More

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great for kids and family, nice quick stop for some interesting facts. Staff here are great, friendly, and informative.

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

The staff really appreciates your kind words. Our volunteers take great pride in taking the time to explain how our sawmill works and the history of sawmilling. More

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a neat little museum with good history about the boom of the sawmills of years ago. They have a lot of children activities including a scaled down version of the old logging camps. It has an old working sawmill, and all the lumber is used to build and sell things in the gift shop, nothing wasted.

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

I'm sorry that we transported Wisconsin's forests to build an empire down here in Iowa, but we really appreciate your wonderful review. More

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

I was staying in Clinton while on a minor league baseball road trip and stopped by te museum suing the day. It is small, by very well done. Clinton was once the lumber capital of the country and the exhibits and video at the museum painted a very good picture of the city that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise, as... More

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Clinton, Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

If you like history the Sawmill Musueum has it. Actual working sawmill can be seen on weekends and every Saturday they have interesting programs.

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012 via mobile

Many planned children's events on Saturdays. There is a tree house structure that kids live playing on. There are also other fun interactive children's activities and plenty of interesting things for older kids or adults. It is also right on the river so make sure you go for a walk.

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