In 1936 a group of citizens organized the Stearns County Historical Society. In 1973 the organization began shaping itself into a professional Museum. Grants were received that allowed the new professional staff to formally catalog its artifacts, microfilm local publications and begin documenting local history.
In 1982 groundbreaking took place for the current facility. With exhibit galleries, research center, archives, children's playroom, museum store, and meeting rooms, this nationally accredited facility goes far beyond the vision held in those early days. We are quite sure the organizing committee could not have imagined the modern facility and large collections that exist today.
The Stearns County Historical Society (d.b.a.) Stearns History Museum serves the citizens of Stearns County drawing audiences from all over the U.S. and the world. Its mission is to "engage people in the exploration of the County's diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future."
Throughout the year the Museum presents exhibits, programs and activities that educate, entertain, and inspire participants. The Stearns History Museum is part of a 100-acre nature park with walking trails, abundant wildlife, and a skateboard park. There truly is something for everyone.