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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
Closed Major Holidays

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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Request Children's RecordsBoy Orphan Group

The Orphanage Museum does not have the records for individual children who were wards of the State of Minnesota from 1886-1945. The records at at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) in St. Paul.

Go to Owatonna State Public School Records Request on the MHS website to find what is currently available.

The Gale Family Library is open for in-person searches:

Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm 
Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

Or you can call them and leave a message at 651-259-3300.