Pipestone County Museum

Pipestone County Museum
The Pipestone County Historical Society was founded in 1880, less than one year after the organization of Pipestone County, and only six years after the first permanent euro-American settlers came to this area. Although one of the younger counties in Minnesota, ours is the second oldest County Historical Society. The society immediately began to collect and preserve the material heritage of the region, as is the purpose stated in the By-Laws.

Collections were housed at the Pipestone County Courthouse until 1967, when the City of Pipestone deeded the Old City Hall Building to the Society. Since that time this building has served as the Pipestone County Museum. In the first few years, the Museum was open only by appointment, and operated with a volunteer staff. The first full-time executive director was hired in 1979.

Since that time operations and funding sources have stabilized and steadily increased. The museum staff serves area schools and other groups with tours, in-house programs, and outreach programs. The Museum is maintained with rotating historical exhibits and the building also houses the Society's research/genealogy library.

Open: 10am - 5pm Monday through Saturday. Closed on most major holidays.

Museum Admission: Admission is free to members of the Pipestone County Historical Society. A $3 admission fee is charged to non-members. Admission is free on Saturdays from January 1 until Memorial Day.

The Museum is located at 113 South Hiawatha Avenue in Pipestone, MN in the heart of Pipestone's Historic Downtown.

The City of Pipestone is located in the SW corner of MN and is the County Seat of Pipestone County. The City of Pipestone is located just 50 miles NE of Sioux Falls, SD, 200 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul and 240 miles from Omaha, NE.

A little about Pipestone County's location in Minnesota:

Pipestone County was originally a stretch of rich upland prairie. Ecologically, our region is known as the Tall Grass Prairie. It was virtually devoid of trees with native grasses growing as tall as 6 to 8 feet throughout much of the county. Pipestone County is situated atop the "Coteau des Prairies", a watershed divide ranging in elevation from 1700 to 2000 feet above sea level, some of the highest land in the state. Waters east of the Coteau flow into the Mississippi River, and those west flow into the Missouri. Animal inhabitants at one time included bison, elk, cougar, wolves, prairie chickens, and the county's numerous acres of wetlands abounded with water fowl and other birds. This was the homeland of the Dakota Indians, nomadic hunters, who lived in close harmony with nature as they traveled through this area.


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