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 existed 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.
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 a Church; and the U-control planes designed, built and flown by Robert Green, father of community leader Les Green; visitors will be amazed by the craftsmanship and detail of this art form.
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.