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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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Request 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.

However, anyone interested in obtaining the record of a former State School child may visit the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Web site and select Research > Research Services > Owatonna State Public School Records or contact MHS by phone at 651-259-3300 to start the request process. Individual children's case files are available for a fee.

If you would like assistance locating a record, we can put you in touch with an Orphanage Museum volunteer who has offered to help.