Long Term Exhibits 

Two floors of exhibits provide visitors of every age with an entertaining learning experience.

Flowing Through Time  Investigate the natural world and explore the impact of settlement in Stearns County as it  grew to be the vibrant community of today.

On Solid Ground - Newly Renovated!  The granite industry has had great impact on the development of the area. Buildings from all over the U.S. have Stearns County granite on their facade and in their hallways.

Power on the Prairie  Many rural areas in Stearns County didn't receive electricity until the 1950s. Explore what life was like before and after electrification from the outhouse to the flush toilet.

Artifind  Enjoy a favorite children's game and book series in the Museum's version of I Spy. It's a great space to share memories with grandchildren as you explain the rotary telephone and record player.

Alice Wheelock Whitney Mrs. Whitney was an important figure in developing the culture of St. Cloud. Her story highlights the importance of giving back to a community and how it can have long term impact.

Pan Motor Company  Sam Pandolfo came to St. Cloud and began building automobiles in 1917. The remarkable story of his rise and fall along with 2 pan cars are featured in the exhibit.


 



Pan Motor Company
featuring the only 1917
Pan Model 250 in existence.







New Exhibit
” Auf Wiedenshen, But Not Goodbye: Stearns County and WWI”

This exhibit explores the tumultuous time through artifacts and images and draws heavily from the words of those from Stearns County residents who were there.

WWI raged from August, 1914 to November 11, 1918. The people of Stearns County, MN, although many were of Germanic heritage, made substantial contributions to the winning of the war while at the same time living with anti-German discrimination and prejudice. Stearns County residents served in all branches of the service including the Army and Navy Nurse Corps and the Female Telephone Operators Unit, or “Hello Girls”.  Those at home contributed by manning factories and farms, planting victory gardens, joining the ‘clean plate club’ or knitting sweaters and socks for servicemen.  Whatever their role, WWI changed them forever.

 

 

Now Showing in the Pantown Theater

Pan's Song: Hear the story of Sam Pandolfo and the Pan Motor Company as told from the viewpoint of Sam Pandolfo in his trial records. 15 minutes

Granite Country USA: The history of the granite industry in Stearns County. 22 minutes

Jewel of St. Cloud Munsinger and Clemens Gardens: Learn the history of St. Cloud's premier gardens along the Mississippi River. 27 minutes

Our Town . . . Our Games.  History of the St. Cloud Rox: The St. Cloud Rox was a minor league baseball team in St. Cloud from 1946 - 1971.  They were affiliated with the New York and San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins. 15 minutes

Lake George  21 minutes

Paramount Theater  35 minutes

 

 All of the artifacts in our collections on display in exhibits and preserved at our facility are donated. If you would like to donate to our collection please contact Eric Cheever by calling 320-253-8424.

        

Stearns History Museum • 235-33rd Avenue South • St. Cloud, MN  56301   

(320) 253-8424 •  info@stearns-museum.org