Winona County History Center

Headquarters for the Winona County Historical Society, this museum offers exhibits, programs, events, tours, a research library and archive, and gift shop. The building is made up of Winona's historic 1915 National Guard Armory and the award-winning 2010 modern Laird Norton Addition. 

Exhibits examine life in Winona as lived by both lumber baron and laborer. The encircling balcony gallery — once an exercise track for the National Guard — houses the “County Time-Line” exhibit, which begins with the area’s unique geologic formation and a superb collection of Native Americana. On the main exhibit floor there is a hands-on children’s exhibit, “Walking Through Time,” which received an award from the American Association for State and Local History; children are invited to explore a cave, tipi and river steamboat pilot house. Other exhibits include topics on architecture, industry, farming, entertainment and more...all incorporating artifacts from the WCHS' vast collections.

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Latitude: 44.052401 Longitude: -91.639274 Elevation: 664 ft
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Seasons Open

Year around

Hours Open

Weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.


Admission: $5 Adults; $3 Students; Free for children 7 and younger and WCHS members

Eco-Friendly Notes

Even though we did not spend the money for the paperwork, the History Center's Laird Norton Addition was constructed to be LEED certified. The museum has a white roof, water saving facets and toilets, features repurposed building materials, state of the art programable HVAC units, and more. There is a handy bike rack and recycling receptacles for public use.

Accessibility Notes

Ground level entrance with power assist doors, two elevators, complimentary wheel chair available, ADA bathrooms, braille directional signage, emergency assistance call stations, museum guides available by appointment. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals only.

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