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-June 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)
Tues & Weds in July: EnviroStewardship Camp
For 6-9 year old, 9:30-Noon For 10-14: 1:30-4pm
Five weeks of intense hands on science activities and "exhibit" making sponsored by Resource Enhancement and Protection's Conservation Education Program
July 11-20: Cause & Effect: Your Eco Story Trailer
From Iowa DNR, come tour an amazing mobile education exhibit that is full of interactive computer games, touch screens, and more. You will see how the choices you make at home affect the environment. Part of normal tours.
August 3, Sunday, 1pm-5:30: Milling Around: Cruising the River's Heritage
For a limited time, check out Bill Michael's model of a vintage early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard.