Boys' Cottage 11
Tour Cottage 11 Today!
We invite you to come to Owatonna and take a self-guided tour of the Orphanage Museum and Cottage 11 on the former grounds of Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. Constructed in 1923 by State Architect Clarence Johnston, Boys' Cottage 11 housed 30-35 boys from ages 6-13. Highlights include original terrazzo flooring, bathroom fixtures and woodwork; a Gift Shop; and, of course, the opportunity to walk through an original cottage from the orphanage era and learn the story 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.
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
Cottage 11 Hours
May 1-Labor Day: 1pm-4pm
Labor Day-December 31: 1pm-3pm
March 1-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 donation: $2.00 per person
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-774-7369 for more information.