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)
October 4, Saturday, 1pm-3pm Oktoberfest Day
End Oktoberfest with a party for kids. German games. German crafts. German food & drink.
October 5, Sunday, 1:30-2:30: Live Vintage Sawing
October 11, Saturday, 1pm-3pm When Native Americans Discovered Europe
A day of Native American crafts (corn dolls) and making sail boats for Columbus’s voyage. Real wood kits will be available for $1.
October 18, Saturday, 1pm-3pm Halloween Craft
DIY Halloween costume ideas, tricks, decorations and illusions.
For a limited time, check out Bill Michael's model of a vintage early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard.