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Arches Museum of Pioneer Life, The

3298 Highway 14
Phone: (507) 454-2723
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Opening Times:

Open during the months of June, July, and August. Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; other times by appointment. Closed for repairs for the 2009 season.


For group tours or information phone (507) 523-2111 or (507) 454-2723.   

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Before the completion of the Interstate Highway System, roadside museums were common sights to America's motoring public. Usually owner operated, they ranged in quality from tawdry to excellent. A rare example of the latter still operates today - the work of one dedicated individual, folk-artist and collector Walter Rahn (1902--1984). Motivated by a love of children and a genuine appreciation of pioneer ingenuity, Walter collected everything imaginable to illustrate the past, and what he couldn't collect he created. Today his charmingly constructed handmade models -- many of them operable -- bring to life bygone machinery, vehicles and processes to the delight of all age groups. The grounds of the Arches also feature a furnished log home and barn from the 1860's, displays of large agricultural equipment, and a complete one-room pioneer school. Cross the covered bridge over the brook for a serene, shaded picnic spot. Named for the stone railway that arches nearby, this museum features early agricultural equipment, tools, household items, and pioneer artifacts, as well as featuring an authentic one-room school house, a log cabin, and a barn. A delight for all age groups. Located midway between Stockton and Lewiston on U.S. Highway 14, (11 miles west of Winona). The Arches Museum features a log home from the 1860's, a one room pioneer school, agricultural machinery from days gone.  

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