Two floors of exhibits provide visitors of every age with an entertaining learning experience.

Power On the Prairie Before rural residents had access to electricity, the countryside was lit up in the evenings by millions of stars in the sky, maybe the moon, and a few flickers of light from lanterns and lamps.  After electricity, the countryside glowed with millions of electric lights turned on by the flick of a switch on farms all over the countryside, and the sounds of laughing children playing under the yard light accompanied the power of the industrial revolution moving into Stearns County.

Sam Pandolfo and the Pan Motor Company The Pan Motor Company is as legendary in St. Cloud as is its owner Sam Pandolfo.  For a brief 3 years from 1917 to 1920, a major manufacturing plant and company town exisited in the area.  See one of the Pan cars and learn of Sam Pandolfo, his rise to fame, and his fall to prison.

Flowing Through Time  Investigate the natural world and explore the impact of water use as Stearns County was settled and grew to be the vibrant community of today.

On Solid Ground  The granite industry has had great impact on the development of the area.  Buildings from all over the U.S. have Stearns County granite on their facade and in their hallways.

Artifind  Love the children's books I Spy? Then you will love Artifind.  There are 5 settings with rhymes and things to find.

Memories in Miniature People make and collect miniatures for many reasons.  Some preserve memories of family and community by carving wood.  Some make models to honor a time, a place, or people in the past.  Some even use them to imagine what might have been.   From Willard Gerhenbeck’s circus, to Clifford Balder’s model of the Sakry farm in Dehulm; the U-control planes designed, built and flown by Robert Green, father of community leader Les Green; and the Metzroth’s showpiece -the Red River ox cart, visitors will be amazed by the craftsmenship and detail of this art form.

Building Stearns County: A Pictoral History of Mathew Hall Lumber Company  Summer 2014


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Coming in October "New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota 1825 - 1925" developed by the Sons of Norway Synnove-Nordkap Lodge #1-008 and brought to the Stearns History Museum by the Sons of Norway Trollheim Lodge #1-511.  The exhibit highlights the history, culture, and lives of Norwegian immigrants to Minnesota with first-hand accounts of these early immigrants, why they came here, and what they did when they arrived





Art Exhibition  • June 5 – August 16, 2014

The closing reception for the Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux exhibition at the Stearns History Museum will be Saturday, August 16, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a gallery talk at 4:00 p.m. This is the last opportunity to see, and buy, the art because they are taking it with them when they leave. Refreshments will be served.

The Stearns History Museum is proud to host a traveling art exhibition by several prestigious South Dakota artists.  The artist collective known as “Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux” consists of the collaborative work of noted South Dakota artists Jerry Fogg, Ihanktonwan Nakota Oyate mixed-media artist; Chad Nelson, printmaker and art educator; Angela Behrends, a mixed-media sculptor, installation artist, and arts educator; and Chris Francis, who works with a mixed-media appreciation, constantly skirting a line between painting and assemblage, with an emphasis on exploring mechanical elements.  

Their ongoing collaboration stems from a mutual friendship, respect, and appreciation of one another’s work and process.  Each artist personally draws heavily from a unique personal background and approach towards their own work, crafting stories and drawing relationships within each piece.  It was a natural progression for these artists to pursue working together, and this exhibition represent the ongoing culmination of their collaboration.

Their use of the name “Blood Run” is a reference of honor and respect to an 8,500 year old Paleo-Indian site which is located on the borders of Iowa and South Dakota, straddling the Big Sioux River.  Blood Run itself is one of the oldest sites of long-term human habitation in the United States, and at one time contained 480 mounds, but after extensive looting by settlers and gravel quarrying, only 78 remain.  This site was recently established as a co-state park in 2013, known as Good Earth State Park at Blood Run. 







“Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux” show at the Stearns History Museum this summer will feature many collaborative pieces along with personal selections of their own individual work.  The art show will be on display at the Stearns History Museum June, July, and August.  A closing receptions is scheduled for August.  Please visit the Museum website for details as the date gets closer.  


More information about the Blood Run Artworks Collective can be found at www.facebook.com/bloodrunartworks. 

Children's Room


Play and learn in a hands-on activity center for children, ages 4-7. Children can play in the loft, draw, and read a book. A child-size grocery store and kitchen are great places for children to learn about commerce.


 All of the artifacts in our collections on display in exhibits and preserved at our facility are donated. If you would like to donate to our collection please contact Adam Smith, Curator of Collections, by calling 320-253-8424 or emailing asmith@stearns-museum.org


Now Showing in the Pantown Theater

Pan's Song: Hear the story of Sam Pandolfo and the Pan Motor Company as told from the viewpoint of Sam Pandolfo in his trial records. 15 minutes

Granite Country USA: The history of the granite industry in Stearns County. 22 minutes

Jewel of St. Cloud Munsinger and Clemens Gardens: Learn the history of St. Cloud's premier gardens along the Mississippi River. 27 minutes

Our Town . . . Our Games.  History of the St. Cloud Rox: The St. Cloud Rox was a minor league baseball team in St. Cloud from 1946 - 1971.  They were affiliated with the New York and San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins. 15 minutes

Lake George  21 minutes

Paramount Theater  35 minutes

Stearns History Museum • 235 South 33rd Avenue • St. Cloud, MN  56301   

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