State School Orphanage Museum, Owatonna

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You're invited to tour the museum and campus:

Self-Guided Tours: The Orphanage Museum is located in the City Administration Building where you may view videos and see photos and artifacts that tell the story of the children who lived this history. Explore the campus by following a six-station Outdoor Audio Tour during summer hours.

Group Tours: Admission is charged for Group Tours. The tour includes a museum visit, Cottage 11 tour, and a 1930s video. Group tours are preferred Tues., Wed., or Thurs. between 10 am and 3 pm. Other appointments available by request. Book tours by calling 507.774-7369
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  • If you take some time here you will get a very complete picture of the history of orphaned/unwanted children in America. Be prepared to be moved to tears at times. If you are a history buff, and...  more »
  • child live and life in this world without love and protect from their parent. I knew what they feel and feel it too. They was great and may god always bless all of you. Love you kids!  more »
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  • The museum is underwhelming. It's good, I guess. Someone put a lot of work into it. If you have a connection to the place, it is probably way more interesting. The cemetery is where it's at. Don't miss it if you go to the school grounds. The museum gives you an idea of how the kids lived, but the cemetery really drives home the fact that this place was brutal. There is something surreal about standing with 200 gravestones, knowing that only one of them made it to adulthood.
  • Wow!!! Loved the History here, We spent over 2 hours visiting the Children's Cemetery, The cottages and the Museum. It was so educational and I wish I could remember the woman that was working at Cottage 11 she was so vivid and detailed very well about the Past of this place, she really made me get a real feeling of what life was like back then especially for Henry. We will definitely be back. Thanks 😊☺️

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