The Sawmill Museum sits on the very river that made Clinton a lumber capital in the late 19th century. While the sawmills all disappeared over a century ago, Clinton's charm and identity can be directly tied back to when Clinton was king among lumberkings. The museum preserves this rich history and through exhibits, programs, special events, and live demonstrations, creates authentic and interactive experiences for the guests to feel sawdust in their veins.
More than preserving sawmills, the museum's exhibits connect the dots for visitors. Enter the Northwoods of Wisconsin, follow the rafts and boats of logs down the Mississippi to Clinton, let our sawyers show you how sawmills turn logs into lumber, enter an old finishing mill to see how lumber is turned into finished products, and then visit our lumber baron parlor to hear our lumber barons tell you how they built their empire.
As one of the nation's 70 Great River Road interpretative centers, the museum's brings to life a river town and shows how important the river was in the history & future of the city of Clinton. A visit to Clinton wouldn't be the same without first discovering how the river & logs made Clinton a king among lumberkings.
Official Great River Road Interpretive Center
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >