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540 West Hills Circle
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060
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Self-Guided Tour Hours
Museum
Monday-Friday: 8 am-4:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1 pm-5 pm

Cottage 11
Tuesday-Sunday
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.

Campus
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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507-774-7369
museum@ci.owatonna.mn.us
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**The Museum is open regular hours.**

They Were Called State Schoolers

Legacy FundThere were 10,635 of them between 1886 and 1945, kids orphaned, abandoned,
or abused and sent to Owatonna, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota State Public
School for Dependent and Neglected Children, once the third largest institution of its kind in the nation.

The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum was founded to
"Remember the Children" who lived there. For some, it was a circle of hell;
for others, a safe haven.

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