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. We provide a Museum Guide for your group at no extra charge with admission. Please contact us to schedule a Guide! (Teachers, see How to Book a Field Trip below) 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.
Group Tour Types and Rates
Student Groups, $3 per student, Teachers and limited number of chaperones are free.
Preschool Groups, Children are free, adults $5 each (please have at least one adult per 3-4 children).
Adult Groups of 15 or more, $4 each, bus driver and tour leader are free.
Step-on bus guide for a Customized Tour of Winona, $4 per person + any additional attraction admission. Check out VISIT WINONA for more.
School Field Trips at the History Center We welcome students of all levels- Kindergarten 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. These are: 1. Lumber Industry; 2. Children's Exhibit Walking Though Time (Cave, Tepee, Steamboat); 3. The Dakota; 4. Inventions; 5. The Watkins Co. and Mr. Laird and his Library; and 6. Be a Historian Artifact Activity. Groups will rotate to each station for 15 minutes each (leave at least 60, but 90 minutes is preferred for the entire visit). For Field Trips and guided group tours please schedule at least two weeks from requested date.
How to Book a Field Trip 1. Call 507.454.2723 ext. 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2. We will return your inquiry with availability and a Tour Form 3. You return form with requested information 4. We will confirm your tour Other Educational Resources for Teachers!
Schedule a piece of Learning Luggage for your classroom, nursing home or group. Topics available include Pioneer Life, Lumbering, Native Americans, Farming, The Civil War and The River. An educator from the Society can present a program, or you are welcome to share the trunk contents with your students or group yourself. Easy to use guides and lesson plans accompany each. The Learning Luggage program is a free service! Call 507-454-2723 to reserve the topic(s) that fits your needs.
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Exploring the Back Roads of Winona County Tour is set for August 19! Sign up now for the “Exploring the Back Roads of Winona County Tour” on Saturday, August 19th. Once again the Society will be touring the back roads but this year we are heading west.
Our first stop will be the Rollingstone Luxembourg Heritage Museum in Rollingstone where we will learn about the unique history of this community. Next we will travel overland passing at least one of Winona County’s famous round barns before passing through Altura, Elba and then on to the Marnach House. Since the Marnach House is 1.5 miles back in the woods we will (weather permitting) take a tractor pulled wagon ride back to the site. The home was built by Luxembourg immigrants and is similar to their home they left in Europe. Next will be a program on the history of Whitewater State Park and the German POW camp that was there during WWII. Lunch will be provided by the Cabin Coffee Co. of St. Charles. After lunch we will tour the Rural Heritage Museum on the grounds of the County Fair and a chance to see the new building the Society built. Following the RHM we will head to Utica and tour the old Utica school and Presbyterian Church across the street. Back on the bus to Stockton and a rare opportunity to tour a 1930 private railroad car built by the Pullman Car Company. It has a great history that includes presidential families and even Willie Nelson. It has been owned by Jon Nienow since 1993. The tour will conclude with a tour of the Holy Angels Novitiate on Stockton Hill, originally the St. Peter Martyr Priory and Novitiate when it was constructed in 1949.
We are planning for two buses with the first bus leaving at 8:00 and returning at 4:30. The second bus will leave at 9:00 and return at 5:30. The cost of the tour including lunch and refreshments is $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Call or stop in to the History Center to sign up. Seats are already filling fast.