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)
December 13, Jingle Bell Blocks 1pm-3pm
Decorate your own jingle bell blocks using wood from our sawmill!
December 20, Santa, 1pm-3pm
Santa will be here at 1pm to celebrate with the kids and take pictures from 2pm-3pm.
Dec 31, Noon Year's Eve 11am-2pm,
A party for kids to ring in the new year. A balloon drop at noon. Pizza. Snacks. Games. Dancing. Crafts. Bowling.
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.