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Winona County Historical Society

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Address: 160 Johnson St, Winona, MN 55987
Phone Number: 454-2723
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: Museum featuring a timeline of Winona County, from 500 years ago until the...
Museum featuring a timeline of Winona County, from 500 years ago until the present.
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A whole lot more than you'd expect

Being a serious history buff that has traveled (some would say) extensively, I am always impressed with Winona's History Center. It is far better than many of the state history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Winona, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Being a serious history buff that has traveled (some would say) extensively, I am always impressed with Winona's History Center. It is far better than many of the state history centers I've seen and also as good as, if not better than several national centers I've seen abroad. If you're interested in history and you're in the Winona area be... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We were very surprised by the depth and quality of this museum. Many artifacts of regional interest, charmingly displayed and thoughtfully described. Would be wonderful to add a few more interactive exhibits for children -- our 7 year old daughter loved the steamboat and the cave, and she was looking around for more opportunities to step back into river history.... More 

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Long Prairie, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a lovely museum in a combined new and lovingly restored building. The buggy collection is astounding and the riverboat display intriguing. They have a nice and substantial time line exhibit that is interesting. We found two inaccuracies regarding the history of corn and logging that we some what troubling.

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Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews 88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We always enjoy learning about the local history of the places we visit, and the Historical Society here has some very nice exhibits. The displays are well done, so you can see things clearly, and it's a nice mix of things. Well worth spending some time here!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I could not believe it! The whole time we were there a guy (older, betw 60-70) yammered on his cell phone THE WHOLE TIME we were there! Oh, and on his SPEAKER phone too! What a jerk.

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Palm Beach Shores, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Tucked into a relatively nondescript building in downtown Winona this history museum is a treasure trove of local area history. It is beautifully arranged. Displays are classy and up to date. The floor area is much bigger than one would expect seeing the building from the outside. Well worth a visit.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It is free to view a changing exhibit in the beautiful new wing and $5 to view the musty, old-school exhibit on Winona's history. The volunteer at the desk purveyed history cliches and was not a great ambassador.

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Minnesota
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145 reviews 145 reviews
41 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

receently updated displays jam packed with info on the entire area see it first and plan your excursions around ithe info you will NOT be disappointed

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Oak Park, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This museum is an interesting, well-organized place to start learning about Winona. Learn about the lumber and steamboat and their place in the city's history.

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Winona, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

The exhibits are interesting and the have an interactive part for kids that mine really enjoyed. Two thumbs up!

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