Now Open

Bucket Brigade

The Stearns History Museum has opened a new exhibit "Bucket Brigade." This exhibit features the 1929 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck seen in central Minnesota summer parades. The Ahrens Fox is part of the Stearns History Museum's collection and is shown by the St. Cloud Fire Department at local events. Get a close look at this magnificent vehicle and learn about the early methods of firefighting. You'll have an opportunity to try on boots, fire coat and hat worn by firefighters and take a selfie. 

Navigating the 70s

The music, the clothes, the furniture and toys continue to inspire today's styles. Revisit the 70s in this fun look back when the Germain Mall was built, the U.S sesquicentennial was celebrated and Vietnam War came to a close.

” 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.




Long Term Exhibits 

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

Natural History of Stearns County Investigate the natural world before the land was developed as towns and farms

A Changing Landscape Explore the impact of development in Stearns County early residents created the communities we see  today from the natural landscape pre-1855.

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.

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 The newly renovated exhibit looks at the world Sam Pandolfo created, how he pursued his dream and what led to the company's downfall.




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 •