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.
News & Events
For a full calendar visit our Events Page:
Special Programming (All Programming Included in Admission)
Jan 21, Northeast Middle School's Art Night, 4pm-6pm
Every month, The Sawmill features a new group of artwork from a local school. The reception has free cookies & drinks.
Jan 24, STEM Day: Build a Bridge, 1pm-3pm
Using Popsicle sticks and scrap wood, build a bridge and see how much weight it can hold.
Jan 31: Laura Readdy, 1pm-3pm
Laura will teach you how to paint a colorful Cardinal in the woods.
On display from January 13 to first week of February is Northeast Middle School's artwork. Over 60 pieces of art created by Northeast High School art students. Come by to leave them a note and see their great work.
Support the museum by giving a gift.