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
Take a closer look at the historical places and people of Winona with a walking tour! Brush up on your local trivia for prizes. All tours are an hour long and cost $10, $6 for members. Sign up by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0.
Explore historic downtown Winona and the Windom Park Historic District on select Saturdays June through September. Each tour leaves from the Winona County History Center.
Tour Dates: June 4 & 25 July 9 & 23 August 6 & 20 September 3 & 17 Tour Start Times Each Date: 10:30 a.m. • Historic Downtown Winona 12:00 • Windom Park Historic District
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. Winona Bus Tour - Step-on Guide Cost: $12 per person, + additional attraction admissions & local coach rental if needed Time: Up to 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.
Now Booking Field Trips to the History Center!
We welcome students of all levels - Pre-school to College! 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.
A Special Note: 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. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Local Learning Luggage
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.