Our museum features five large buildings (26,000 sq ft) (one building just used for storage) on a beautiful six-acre site. Its mission is to recapture a century of stories about farm life. Implements, tools, tractors and gas engines in mint condition along with rural art help you look back to an era when neighbors worked together to harvest their crops, raise barns and build a better life for their families. Enjoy an afternoon browsing on your own or guided tours always available.
Membership to our museum is also available to you. Membership form/fees in Word format. Here is the Membership form in PDF format
When the Hanley Falls School closed their doors for the last time in the spring of 1978, the Yellow Medicine County bought the building. Members of the County Historical Society Board encouraged development of an agricultural museum at the site. Our museum opened in 1980 as an Agricultural and Transportation Museum, inviting the Pioneer Power Machinery Club to hold their Threshing Show on our grounds. See how our small Southwestern Minnesota community transformed the school into an agricultural learning center, devoting its 26,000 sq. ft. to interpreting rural life, past, present and future. A delightful afternoon awaits as you explore the farm home rooms, general store, vintage automobiles, railroad memorabilia; along with farm toys, country art and a gift shop. Take a Virtual Tour of our museum.
Four large buildings are filled with beautifully restored gas engines and tractors dating back to 1912. You're invited to step into the past by taking part in our Old Time Threshing Show in August. Facilities, picnic area and parking all handicapped accessible. A friendly smile and guided tour always welcome you. Check out some photos from past Threshing Shows.
July 8: Join us on Tuesday, July 8 at 3pm for the opening of Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y. -- “A Prairie Literary Legacy”. We will have refreshments following the program.
July 9, 16, 23 & 30: Join Dr. Pichaske on Wednesdays at 1pm during the month of July to explore the writing of authors Bill Holm (July 9), Robert and Carol Bly (July 16), Jim Heynen (July 23) and Leo Dangel (July 30).
August 2 & 3: The Good Old Days & Threshing Show (see poster here) Minneapolis Moline to be featured.
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In Southwestern Minnesota, Located 9 miles south of Granite Falls or 20 miles north of Marshall on Highway 23 in Hanley Falls; 1 block west of Highway 23 & 1 block north. Map
Hours To Visit Us:
The museum is open to the public May 15th through September 30th. Museum hours are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday; Sunday 1:00 to 4:30 PM. We are closed holidays. For other hours or if you would like to schedule a group tour, please call 507.768.3522.
There is no admission charge, however, you are invited to spend a few hours visiting the museum and any donation is welcome.
Articles to Exhibit:
If you have articles to exhibit here, please send a photo and any information on the article to our Director. The Collections Committee will make a final decision on accepting artifacts. All articles must be in good condition and clean when brought to the museum. We prefer donations, but in some cases, we will accept loans. A brief signature form is presented at the time of donation for our file. Our museum has a 501C-3 tax exempt status and all appraisals are the responsibility of the donor for tax purposes.
Our museum is handicapped accessible
Our museum can accommodate groups of 45 or more