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Check Out Our Exhibits
At the Stearns History Museum, you can walk from one decade to the next all in one day. It’s like time travel, right in your own backyard.
Our wide variety of ongoing and rotating exhibits highlight some of the most influential people and events of Central Minnesota’s history, as well as historic events beyond our state. Come explore today, and scroll through the descriptions below.
Flowing Through Time
We brought the outside in so you can explore Stearns County Natural History and its environmental impacts.
Pandolfo & the Pan Automobile
Discover the story of Sam Pandolfo, who convinced St. Cloud residents to invest in the Pan Motor Company in 1917. Was he a great salesman in over his head, a con man out to swindle people, or a victim of corporate sabotage? You decide!
Alice Wheelock Whitney
Understand the importance of community giving through Mrs. Whitney’s story. This prominent St. Cloud family left their mark on the community, and their descendants continue to do so statewide.
Auf Wiedersehen, But Not Goodbye
Explore the experiences of Stearns County residents as they struggled to both survive and make sense of World War I.
Just For Fun: Toys We Loved
Recall old childhood memories. The exhibit includes dolls that date back to the mid-1800s, a Snurfer, a precursor to today’s snowboard, and a collection of early-manufactured Tonka trucks. It also features a working Lionel Electric Train on loan to the Museum by retired dentist Jeff Poehler.
Minnesota's Secret Language School
Photographs and narratives tell the remarkable story of the Japanese American men and women who trained as linguists at the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) at Camp Savage and Fort Snelling during World War II.
Navigating the '70s
Flash back and relive the 1970s in Stearns County.
On Solid Ground
Immerse yourself in a 1930s granite quarry and discover the impact of the granite industry in Central Minnesota.
Let kids be kids in our toy-filled family-friendly Children’s Room.
There’s More to Explore
The Stearns History Museum hosts exciting events, programs, and research opportunities throughout the year. Be sure to take a look around and enjoy all we have to offer.