We are welcoming group tours and providing adult group guides starting July 2021 and student field trips will begin again for the 2021-22 school year. Current COVID-19 Guidelines While Visiting Our Museums: If staff are not wearing a mask, it is because they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We ask that our visitors follow the same standard set forth by the CDC. Thank you for continuing to distance and practicing other ways to keep everyone safe and healthy.
We welcome group tours of all ages! 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 at least 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).
Booking a Group Visit, Local Guide or a Field Trip
Sign-up for any of the public historic walking tours listed below. To book a private tour with a group of 10 or more call 507.454. 2723 ext. 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Winona Walking Tour Offered July 10, 17, Aug. 7, 14 all starting at 2 p.m. from the History Center Pre-register by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0 Cost: $10 per person Time: 60 minutes, 12 blocks total Min. 10 – Max. 20 guests per tour Take a fun romp through Winona’s historic downtown to see some great architecture, hear some surprising stories, and play a game or two. Bottled water included.
Windom Park Historic District Walking Tour Offered July 9, 16, Aug. 6, 13 all starting at 2 p.m. from the History Center Pre-register by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0 Cost: $10 per person Time: 60 minutes, 10 blocks total Min. 10 – Max. 20 guests per tour Join us on a walk from the History Center to Windom Park to learn more about the historic mansions that surround it, see some historic places along the way including the public library and Winona County courthouse. Bottled water included.
Group Tours and Local Guides
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. Explore More Winona Bus Tour - Step-on Guide Cost: $10 per person, + any attraction admissions & local coach rental if needed Time: 3.5 hours + Min. 25 – 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.
Returning for the 2021-2022 School Year.
We welcome students of all levels - Pre-school to College! Our guides will lead your students back in time to explore our local history, community, and how our history fits into larger stories in American and even world history. Groups smaller than 20 will be guided through the museum (60-90 mins.) to topic stations of your choice. Groups larger than 20 will be split into smaller groups to rotate to the topic stations. We will ask that you pick 3 or 4 based on your group size and timeframe. Groups will rotate to each station for 15 minutes each (please leave at least 60, but 90 minutes is preferred for the entire visit). Field Trip Topic Stations 1. Lumber Industry and Building Winona We take a look at the logging industry and mills that lined Winona's riverfront. 2. Children's Exhibit - Walking Through Time This hands-on area features a timeline about humans in our area with a Cave, Tipi, and Steamboat Pilot House to explore. 3. Dakota Life Long Ago & Native Community Heritage Learn more about Wapasha's Prairie. 4. Inventions and Winona County Firsts We head to the early 1900s section of our time line exhibit to see some of the inventions that changed our lives dramatically. 5. Artifact Activity: Be a Historian What is it and what can it tell us about the past? Learn how historians use artifacts, or objects from the past, to learn about what life was like. (sit-down, hands-on activity) Other Educational Resources!
Paused at this Time Due to COVID-19 Schedule a piece of Learning Luggage for your classroom, nursing home or group. Topics available include Pioneer Life, The Lumber Industry, Dakota Life, and The Civil War. An educator from the Society can present a program, or you are welcome to share the contents with your students or group yourself. Easy to use guides and lesson plans accompany each piece. The Learning Luggage program is a free service! Call 507-454-2723 ext. 0 to reserve the topic(s) that fits your needs.
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