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
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Archives Open Weekdays
Closed Sundays & Holidays
160 Johnson Street
Historic Downtown Winona, MN
The WCHS headquarters, the History Center is made up of Winona's 1915 Armory and the contemporary Laird Norton Addition (2010). It houses WCHS offices, engaging exhibits, The Museum Shop, The Laird Lucas Library and Archives, and beautiful event and meeting spaces.
Historic Bunnell House
Open June - August Seasonally
36106 Old Homer Rd., Homer, MN
In the late 1840s, well known Dakota
Chief, Wapasha, granted permission to fur-trader, Willard Bunnell, to build a family home. An outstanding example of Rural Gothic Architecture, explore the home with a lively guided tour and try a few Victorian and pioneer activities of the day.
Rural Heritage Museum
Open during Winona County Fair and St. Charles 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. Plus home to our Pioneer School summer day camps.