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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 15-April 30: 1pm-3pm
or by appt. at 507-774-7369
$2 per person donation appreciated.

Seasonal: May 1-November 1
Map available in main museum with QR codes.
Six audio stations.

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

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Legacy Fund

Help Keep the State School Museum Operating
The mission has been to honor the memory of the children and preserve the history of the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. With the help and generous donations of many individuals, businesses, organizations, and the City of Owatonna, we have been able to restore and preserve this State Orphanage, this national treasure, which may otherwise have been destroyed.

The Children Remembered: Orphanage Legacy Fund was established to secure a future for the museum, staff, and this wonderful historic landmark.

For more than 20 years, museum founds Harvey and Maxine Ronglien volunteered countless hours to not only start the museum, but to manage it on a day-to-day basis. We are finding we do not have the budget to sustain a staff person to continue their work. We rely heavily on donations and cannot responsibly operate on "hopes" for donations throughout the year. Once funded, it will provide the needed monies to draw from to make the Orphanage Museum "self-sustaining" once again. We need your dollars to help secure our Legacy Fund and keep the State School Museum operating.

Please reflect on how the State School has affected your life, and donate generously and with your heart. We are able to accept stocks, bonds, insurance proceeds, credit cards, checks, or cash. Please mail monetary donations to the State School museum address, attention Legacy Fund. If you wish to make a larger gift, estate planning options are available as well. Please contact your financial advisor or legal representative about giving opportunities.

We set a goal for The Children Remembered: Orphanage Legacy Fund of $300,000. In 2023, it is just over $100,000. We are currently far below our goals.

Our grateful thanks for helping us remember all the State School children who lived this history and keeping the stories of these children alive!

*All contributions are tax-deductible