engaging exhibits, fun experiences, great resources, and good people.
We are committed to building a community where all are welcomed, respected, and valued. Experience local history and shared stories at our museums, varied activities, tours and online. There is so much to do!
For over 85 years WCHS has been a vibrant member of the Winona County community with dedicated members and partnerships. We have an 18 member board of directors, professional staff, with many amazing volunteers.
Winona County History Center
Open Daily: 10 AM - 4 PM
160 Johnson Street, Winona, MN
Our main museum houses engaging exhibits along with program, event and meeting spaces. Enjoy a wide selection of quality locally made items in the History Center Shop and in the lobby's art gallery.
The Laird Lucas Library and Archives is open by appointment.
Historic Bunnell House
Open June - August
36106 Old Homer Rd., Homer, MN
Stolen silver coins, tuberculosis and claim jumps. Take a step back to the 1850s with a tour of the Bunnells’ unique steamboat gothic house to explore what life was like as canoes gave way to steamboats.
Rural Heritage Museum
Open during Winona County Fair & Gladiolus Days
On the Winona County Fairgrounds
off HWY 14, St. Charles, MN
Our newest museum is filled with exhibits about rural life in Winona County. There is also a log house and log barn to explore, and the one room Gainey-McCarthy schoolhouse.