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 from April 1-August 30 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.
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)
September 7, 1:30-2:30: Live Vintage Sawing
August 30: Saturday, 1pm – 3pm Gearing Up For Programs
Clearing out the craft vault and free train rides from 1pm-3pm.
September 6, Saturday, 1pm-3pm National Read a Book Day
Make your very own unique piece of paper and receive a free Sawmill made book!
September 13 , Saturday, 1pm – 3pm Historic Games
With Clinton County Historical Society’s Living History Day at St. Irenaeus, the museum will have historic games on our grounds!
September 20 , Saturday, 1pm – 3 pm Shocko the Clown
Two live performances by our favorite clown: 1pm-1:45pm and 2pm-2:45.
September 27 , Saturday, 1pm – 3 pm Doctor Day
To help celebrate Mercy Hospital’s 125th anniversary, a day of doctor themed and CSI themed activities.
September 26, 5:30-9, Sawmill Charity Auction
Help support the museum by attending our annual charity auction. This year the auction will be at Rastrelli's. The event starts at 5:30. Tickets are $40 a person and a reservable table of 8 is $320.
For a limited time, check out Bill Michael's model of a vintage early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard.