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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Two floors of exhibits provide visitors of every age with an entertaining learning experience.
*POWER ON the Prairie The Stearns History Museum's newest exhibit opened in November 2013. It tells the story of rural electrification in Stearns County with interactive exhibits sponsored by the Stearns Electric Association. "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.