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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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Who would have thought a Sawmill Museum in Iowa

The Sawmill Museum in Clinton was a real surprise for us. We have lived within 100 miles of the MIssissippi River and never really knew the history behind this gem. Of course... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Funseeker91
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Northern Illinois
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Northern Illinois
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Sawmill Museum in Clinton was a real surprise for us. We have lived within 100 miles of the MIssissippi River and never really knew the history behind this gem. Of course the river was used to carry lumber, but I always thought of large sawmills being in more forested areas. It is worth the visit.

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Le Claire, Iowa
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great place to spend a few hours with the kids, i was even really into it to. a lot of local history tied into the history of logging .

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Iowa City, Iowa
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Townsend DE
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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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Muscatine, Iowa, United States
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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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Illinois
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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52 reviews
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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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Marseilles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Freeport, Illinois
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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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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 

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