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 31, Lyons Trick or Treating, 3pm-6pm
Museum's Haunted Maze is open but not staffed. Still scary for elementary students...Remember, Lyons businesses will have trick or treating from 3pm-5pm
November 1, Leaf Day, 1pm-3pm
A day full of leaf themed crafts.
November 2, Live Vintage Sawing 1:30-2:30pm
Our volunteer sawyers will be turning logs into lumber.
For a limited time, check out Bill Michael's model of a vintage early 1900's sawmill and lumber yard.
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.