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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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Boys' Cottage 11

Step Back into History!
When you come to Owatonna and take a self-guided tour of the Museum, we invite you to also tour Cottage 11. Check the schedule below for hours. Constructed in 1923, Cottage 11 was designed by State Architect Clarence Johnston. It housed 30-35 boys from ages 6-13.

Highlights include original terrazzo flooring, bathroom fixtures, and woodwork; a Gift Shop; and the opportunity to walk through an original cottage from the orphanage era to learn the stories of the boys who lived there.

The restoration process included removing walls, sanding floors, scraping paint, adding new furnaces and air-conditioning units, construction projects, painting, finishing floors, finding artifacts, and installing audio systems. There's even a glimpse into the underground tunnel system.

C-11 BoysCottage 11 Hours
May 1-Labor Day: 1pm-4pm
Labor Day-December 31: 1pm-3pm
Closed January-February
March 15-April 30: 1pm-3pm

Tours also available by appointment at 507-774-7369
Schedule a group tour

The Museum is closed on major holidays.
Suggested dona
tion: $2.00 per person

1923-1945: Named Cottage 11 - known as "new cottage" for Minnesota State Public School
1945-1970: Named Cottage 11 - State School for Educable Mentally Challenged
1973-2004: Named Henderson Hall; City of Owatonna
2005-Present: Property Renamed Cottage 11 (or C11); Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum

Donate to C-11
Special donation opportunities are available for Cottage 11 through the Apple Giving Tree. Learn more here

Interested in being a C-11 Volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering at Cottage 11, we would love to hear from you! Please email or call 507-774-7369 for more information.