Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a walking tour with a WCHS local guide! Take Special Edition Haunted History Tour Cost: $6 Members, $10 Public Register at the History Center or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0
The Haunted History of Woodlawn Cemetery Friday, October 27 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., meet at Woodlawn’s main gate (please pay in advance at the History Center) Explore interesting sites and history on a walk through Winona’s oldest Cemetery. We will also hear about people’s unexplained experiences in the cemetery, including images with figures seen in them, and ghostly dreams.
The Haunted History of Downtown Winona Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., meet at the History Center Learn more about the architecture and builders of historic downtown Winona. Examine the time of the Red Light District along Second Street, the Moth Man legend, and more.
Tour the History Center
We welcome group tours of all ages at the Winona County History Center! From bus groups to class field trips we can help you have a great experience that is both educational and entertaining. Guided or On Your Own: We provide a Museum Docent for your group at no extra charge with admission. Groups who do not wish to have a guide do not need to call in advance, but it is encouraged so we know you are coming, and can meet any needs your group might have.
Group Admission Rates for the History Center
Adult Groups of 15 or more, $4 each, bus driver and tour leader are free. (Regular Adult admission is $5 ea.)
Student Groups, $3 per student, Teachers and limited number of chaperones are free.
Preschool Groups, Children $2 each, Adults free (please have at least one adult per 3-4 children).
We are in an exciting stage of updating the main exhibit hall. Some exhibits will be moving around or closed over the next several years as we work on this large project. During construction we will be offering Field Trip weeks in the Fall and Spring only for guided experiences. Self-guided visits are welcomed anytime, but we appreciate a heads up so we can help plan your visit. Thank you! 2023 - 2024 School Year Field Trip Weeks: November 6 - 10 and May 6 - 10
We welcome students of all levels - Pre-school to College! Guided Field Trips are offered November 6 - 10 and May 6 - 10 for the 2023-2024 school year. Our museum docents will lead your students back in time to explore our local history and community. Groups rotate to various topic stations and activities throughout the museum exhibits. We still welcome self-guided visits at anytime and can supply you with an activity and more information when you schedule in advance. Plan your visit with Jennifer Weaver, Museum Educator firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.454.2723 ext. 3
Field Trips to the Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk Each fall WCHS schedules hundreds of students for the Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk. This educational outing focuses on a different historic theme annually with actors portraying people from Winona County's past throughout Woodlawn Cemetery. Best for students 5/6th grade and older. Cemetery Walk Field Trip Dates 2023: "Made in Winona" October 4 - 6, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM 2024: October 2 - 4 2025: October 1 - 3
Check out the public event on Saturday and Sunday! Voices From the Past is held for the public on October 7 and 8, Noon to 5 p.m. with an accessible performance of the sites on Thursday, October 5 at 6 p.m. at the History Center.
Bring the museum to your classroom or group meeting! Sign out a piece of Local Learning Luggage filled with educational materials for classrooms, nursing home activities and more. Free to use! Stop in the History Center or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0 to reserve or check out a piece. Topics available: 1. Native American and Dakota Heritage: We have complied educational resources from local Indigenous Nations, the Minnesota Historical Society and our own materials. 2. Artifact Activities: Use a variety of artifacts to hone reasoning skills and concepts of time. Learn about how objects and inventions change over time and what makes something an artifact. Also explore Related Online Resources to pair with luggage materials and activities.
Winona County Historical Society local guides provide authentic experiences exploring architecture, landmarks, history, folklore, and more. Book directly with us or with Visit Winona for even more group tour options & Winona experiences. Winona Bus Tour - Step-on Guide Cost: $16 per person (includes Step-on guide and History Center Admission) + any additional attraction admissions & local coach rental if needed Time: Up to 3.5 hours Min. 25 people – Max. full bus A look at Winona from all angles! Step-on guides take you to the city’s hot spots, get a view of the river valley from atop the bluffs, tour museums and much more. Customized to fit your group’s interests.
Also ask about our Local Loop Tour for shuttle transportation around Winona for guests to explore what they wish.