Best in Southern Minnesota!

Thanks to all who voted for us in this year's Best Of contest! We are honored to receive such a title and are thankful for all those who continue to support us, volunteer their time, and help to make the SCHS the best place that we can be!

The Steele County Historical Society (SCHS) is dedicated to preserving our past, sharing our county's stories, and connecting people with history in new and meaningful ways. We do this today for the benefit of future generations, because history matters!


Steele County and the SCHS are part of Minnesota's rich and diverse history. Established in 1949 to preserve the history of Steele County, we have since grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the state. We play an important role in historic preservation, education, and tourism, and we provide the public with educational award-winning programs, exhibitions, and events.


We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of the past. Join us and be a part of this mission. It's the best deal in history!


History Center

Tues- Fri: 10am - 4pm

SAT: 10am - 3pm

Closed SUN, MON

Village of Yesteryear

Open Year-Round

Tours offered May 1 - September 30

Orphanage Museum

Main Museum 

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5 pm

Sat - Sun: 1 - 5 pm

Cottage 11

March 1 - April 30: 1 - 3 pm

May 1 - Labor Day: 1 - 4 pm

Labor Day - December 31: 1 - 3 pm


History Center

Adult Admission: $5
Children: 7 - 16 $3


Village of Yesteryear

May 1 - September 30

Tours Tuesday - Sunday at 1:30pm

Adult Admission: $5
Children: 7 - 16 $3

History Center & Village of Yesteryear

Combination Ticket

Adult Admission: $8
Children: 7 - 16 $5

Orphanage Museum and Cottage 11

Suggested Donation: $2 per person

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Steele County Historical Society?
"Great place to bring the kids!"
- Summer G. 


History Center                                                                                       Orphanage Museum

1700 Austin Road                                                                                540 West Hills Circle

Owatonna, MN 55060                                                                   Owatonna, MN 55060

Village of Yesteryear

1448 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN 55060

Phone:  507-451-1420