Arts & Culture

Museums and History

Museums and HistoryLanesboro is a quaint village located in a state hardwood forest. It is reminiscent of the many hillside villages in Norway. Norwegian immigrant influence is still felt today with food and conversation, although other nationalities, especially Irish and German, give it a cosmopolitan flavor.

Strolling down the quiet streets of Lanesboro is like taking a step back in time. The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the two and three story frame, brick and stone buildings that have changed very little since they were first built by immigrants who settled here a century and a half ago. The century-old Power Dam, constructed in 1868, is known for its unique stone construction. Coupled with the city hydro-electric plant, this dam still provides electricity to the city.

Lanesboro HistoryLanesboro’s Historical Museum is located in downtown Historic Lanesboro, next to the Root River State Bike Trail. It has a collection of various items of the past including famous Buffalo Bill memorabilia.

Fillmore County History Center & Genealogy Library is located just 11 miles from Lanesboro and offers collections of artifacts, documents, literature, photographs, and resources to research your genealogy.

Discover Historic Lanesboro on a self-guided tour of historical sites. Lanesboro was crowned with the Great American Main Street Award in 1998 and historic preservation is of high priority in the community. Self-guided historical tour maps are available at Lanesboro's Historical Museum.



Save the Date!  January 7-February 19, 2017
Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition and community engagement initiative of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Stree program that utilizes stories, history, faith, ethics, and the arts - in addition to science - to reconnect Minnesotans to the preciousness of our waters & the need to become more actively involved in their protection. 

Lanesboro / Whalan
Lanesboro Historical Preservation Assoc

Lanesboro Historical Preservation Assoc

105 Parkway Ave S

Lanesboro, MN, 55949

Phone: 507-467-2177


Rates: Donations, please.
Hours: Closed Nov. and Dec. Call 467-2177 to make special arrangements.

Quote from a visitor: "I've never seen anything like this - a history of the town in artifacts." Three floors with themed displays: vintage wedding gowns, farm tools, a famous baseball, extensive picture collection and much more. Come to visit or do research.