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540 West Hills Circle
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060

Self-Guided Tour Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 am-4:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1 pm-5 pm

Cottage 11
May 1-Labor Day:1pm-4pm
Labor Day-Dec 31: 1pm-3pm
Closed January and February
March 1-April 30: 1pm-3pm
or by appt. at 507-774-7369
$2 per person donation appreciated.

Seasonal: May 1-November 1
Six audio stations.

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. A fee is charged. Group Tours Page

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Outdoor audio stations

Audio ToursTake A Self-guided Audio Tour!
The Orphanage Museum welcomes you to tour the six outdoor audio stations located throughout the State School grounds. The first station is located just north of the flag pole plaza in front of the City Administration Building. Each station guides you to each historic site, such as Boys' Cottage 11, the Children's Cemetery, Root Cellar, Flag Pole Plaza, Rock Garden, and 1898 School Monument. Not only does this self-guided tour give the history of the State School, it also loops you though the grounds so you may take in the historic architecture and re-faced Root Cellar.

Harvey Ronglien, who lived at this orphanage from 1932 to 1943, has recorded the audio tours will serve as your guide. Harvey "gives life" to the buildings and grounds by describing how they were used when this site was home to 10,635 Minnesota children between 1886 and 1945.

Minnesota's only state-run orphanage (1886-1945) is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places and averages around 7,000 visitors annually.

We are grateful to the following whose funding made this audio walking tour a reality: The Women's Club of Owatonna, former State Schooler Kathleen Sherman, Insty-Prints, Viracon, and the City of Owatonna.The outdoor audio stations are operational May 1-November 1.