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Museums

Unexpected discoveries

Winona may hold a museums-per-capita record. We enshrine quirky 100-year-old toys, relics from a rowdy riverboat past and even have an entire museum dedicated to marine art. Whether you catch a special exhibit or part of a permanent collection, you will be fascinated.

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Why Everybody Loves Winona, a blog:
A big ‘wow’ at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum
A Picasso dream come true

 

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Minnesota Marine Art Museum

World-class art and unparalleled views

The Museum features historic marine art, artifacts and objects ranging from Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s personal letters to large stained glass windows. The large permanent collection rotates with traveling works and collections on loan. One 450+ piece collection includes works of Picasso, van Gogh, O’Keeffe, Monet and Homer.
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Winona County History Center

The history of a river city

Appropriately located in the heart of Winona in a building mixed with historic and modern architecture, the Winona County History Center is a testament to the successes of those who helped shape the path of the city. The gallery and archives hold prized historical items that tell the fascinating story of a city that was built on what was originally a Mississippi River island prairie.

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Watkins Heritage Museum

The scent of history

Built in 1912 in true Prairie School architecture, the Watkins Heritage Museum is an engineering marvel. However, it is the gourmet spices and extracts, soothing lotions, oils, and soaps, and natural remedies (many of which are still produced today) that have made the company legendary around the world.

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Polish Cultural Institute and Museum

Winona’s Polish heritage

The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum collects, exhibits and interprets the heritage of the Kashubian Polish culture.

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Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum

Collect some memories

Across the river in the quaint Wisconsin town of Fountain City is a prized pedal car collection. The museum is home to thousands of antique automobile and cycle toys, delicate dolls, and cast iron models.

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Castlerock Museum

The Alma knights in shining armor

Travel through the Dark Ages and into the era of the renaissance to relive the glory days of Vikings and Crusader Knights. Castlerock Museum in nearby Alma boasts hundreds of rare and authentic pieces of armor that tell the heroic tale of many a noble knight.

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National Eagle Center

Fly with the majestic bird of prey

Just up the highway in Wabasha, events at the National Eagle Center are soaring to new heights. The beautifully modern building offers live eagle shows with the center’s five resident eagles. Don’t forget to check for your chance to Soar with the Eagles, an event that brings out many eagle exhibitors from around the country.

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Bunnell House

A fur trader’s abode

In the mid 1800s, Winona was a bustling fur trading town. A treaty between the now famous Chief Wapasha and friend Willard Bunnell allowed for the now historic home to be built on Dakota land. Made of northern white pine, the home is an exquisite example of rural, or steamboat, gothic architecture.

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Pickwick Mill

Churn back the hands of time

Step back in time at the Historic Pickwick Mill and witness the awe-inspiring power of a 20-foot, water-powered mill wheel as it churns up Big Trout Creek. Once a busy grist, saw, and flour mill, the beloved attraction is a history buff’s dreamscape as it still houses production relics from the Civil War.

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Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum

A taste of Europe

The quaint Rollingstone museum pays homage to its earliest settlers from the European sister city of Bertrange, Luxembourg. The city hall – turned temporary jail – turned heritage museum – houses more than a thousand items from the country and is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Luxembourg.

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