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540 West Hills Circle
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060
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Individual Tour Hours
Museum
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Cottage 11
Tuesday-Sunday
May 1-Labor Day:1pm-4pm
Labor Day-April 30: 1pm-3pm
or by appt. at 507-444-4321
$2 per person donation appreciated.

Campus
Seasonal: May 1-November 1
Six audio stations. Guide maps and brochures available at Campus Directory.

Group Tours
We happily schedule guided tours for groups of 10 or more. You will visit the Museum, view a 1930's video, and tour Cottage 11, a restored boys' cottage. Admission is charged. Group Tours Page

Contact Us
507-774-7369 / 1-800-423-6466
museum@ci.owatonna.mn.us
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They Were Called State SchoolersLegacy Fund
There were 10,635 of them between 1886 and 1945. Kids orphaned or abandoned or abused and sent to Owatonna, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children.

For some, it was a circle of hell; for others, a safe haven.

The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum--the only known Orphanage Museum in the nation--was founded to "Remember the Children." Visit us to learn about the unique history of the school. Explore the Museum, historic Cottage 11, the Children's Cemetery, and interactive campus to get a glimpse of what life was like for the children who called the orphanage their home.

Whether you schedule a guided group tour or choose a self-guided visit, you will find unforgettable history awaiting you in Owatonna. Orphanage Group