The Sawmill Museum
What you will see at the museum!
Lumberjack Camp: A recreated 1888 lumberjack camp for kids, and adults young at heart, to play and live as a lumberjacks and jills. Check out the lumberjack camp scavenger hunt to unlock life as a lumberjack.
Struve Mill: Follow a piece of lumber from a rough cut slab to a smooth chair leg.
Vintage & Replica Sawmill: On the first Sunday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30, see our restored 1920's sawmill in action.
Family Corner & Midwest Lumber Train: Whether it's a ride on our train or partaking in a craft, families will never want to leave.
On display until January 2015: Barns of Iowa by Michael Harker
The exhibit is sponsored by Humanities of Iowa and features 20 stunning photographs of Iowa's best barns. For information about the museum's art contest around this exhibit, please call us.
For a limited time, check out Bill Michael's model of a vintage early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard.
Become a Sawmill Volunteer: Stop by the museum to learn about being a sawyer, a docent, a "train" engineer, an educational volunteer, or whatever you like!
Book your Kid Birthday Party in our Party Room: $3 per person. The room is yours for two hours.
Support the museum by giving a gift.
News & Events
For a full calendar visit our Events Page:
Special Programming (All Programming Included in Admission)
November 22, Apple Day, 1pm-3pm
A whole day of apple crafts; thanks to Target of Clinton for volunteering!
November 29, Painting with Laura, 1pm-3pm
The kick off of 25 days of holiday programming. Laura Readdy will teach you how to paint a winter scene. A special touch this month is your canvas will be a wooden cookie, a log cut into a circle.
December 11, Wine & Design Night, 6pm-8pm
RSVP today to create your own diamond in the rough, aka a holiday inspired painted piece of art, while enjoying wine and light appetizers. Only 40 spots are available so pre-payment is required. Register by contacting the museum or stopping by the museum with payment. Wine & Design Night is sponsored by Don’s Jewelry and hosted at The Sawmill Museum. Laura Readdy will teach you how to do the painting. The cost is $25 per person, includes wine & appetizers.
Click here for all 25 day of holiday programming
On display for October and November are Unity Christian's art projects. Middle schoolers and high schoolers utilized Sawmill Museum wood to transform their favorite Bible passage or hymn into a watercolor masterpiece. Using depth provided by different sized wood blocks and color, students painted scenes of the imagery inherent in their favorite passage.