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Visit the
Steele County Historical Society

Are you interested in learning more about Steele County and its history? Are you looking for a fun day out with the family that won't break the bank? Well the Steele County Historical Society may be just what you're looking for!

The Society is made up of three sites:

 - the History Center, with our exhibit hall, research room, and gift shop

 - the Village of Yesteryear, with 19 historic buildings and tours given Tuesday - Sunday at 1:30 pm

 - the Orphanage Museum, with exhibit spaces, the historic Cottage 11, and guided tours given daily

Open Hours:

History Center:

          Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

          Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm

Village of Yesteryear:

          Open to walk through Year Round

          Tours (May 1 - Sept 30): Tuesday - Sunday at 1:30 pm

Orphanage Museum (Main Building):

          Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

          Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Cottage 11 (Closed January & February):

          March 1 - April 30: 1 - 3 pm

          May 1 - Labor Day: 1 - 4 pm

          Labor Day - December 31: 1 - 3 pm

SCHS Day Trip

(Sample itinerary)

9:30 am: Orphanage Museum main exhibit space

10:30 am: History Center

11:30 am: Lunch in Downtown Owatonna

1:oo pm: Village of Yesteryear

1:30 pm: Village of Yesteryear Guided Tour

3:00 pm: Cottage 11 tour

Cost for a family of four:

Just $34, including suggested donations!

The Steele County Historical Society is a great way to have a fun, educational, and affordable 

family-friendly experience. 

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Village of Yesteryear

1448 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN



History Center

1700 Austin Road

Owatonna, MN


Orphanage Museum

540 West Hills Circle

Owatonna, MN

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