The Sawmill Museum

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. 


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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 >

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Latitude: 41.869997 Longitude: -90.175071 Elevation: 594 ft
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Seasons Open

Year Round

Hours Open

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 1pm-5pm; Monday: 1pm-6pm


$4 for adults, $3 for children (4-12), and FREE for children 3 & under

Accessibility Notes

The museum was founded by the Kiwanis Club of Clinton in 2003 and helped create an independent not for profit entity for the museum. The museum opened in October 2011 as The Sawmill Museum. The museum is ran by a not for profit board and only has one full time staff member and one part time staff member. The rest is ran by volunteers. 

Pet Friendly Notes

The museum has four acres of green space below the levee. With park benches, trees, and direct access to the bike path/levee that overlooks the Mississippi River, the museum's grounds are the perfect place to have a picnic and walk the dog. 

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