Dating back to 1968, the McLean County Historical Museum has been speaking on behalf of the rich past of North Dakota, especially of McLean County. From geological artifacts to wildlife exhibits, Native American exhibits to Missouri River civilization, educational to musical and social to military displays, the plethora of historic collections in this museum will give you first-hand knowledge.
With a research facility, the exhibits in the Main Building include –
Geological resources like rocks and fossil
- Riverboat display
- Native American History
- Lewis & Clark History
- Beauty Shop, Barbershop
- Mercer Store Items
- Coal Industry
- Doctor’s Office
- Farm Tools
- Military uniform and memorabilia
- Bedroom, kitchen, dining room, laundry room
- Historic building replicas
- Ban uniforms and instruments
- Paintings, scrapbooks and old pictures
Apart from the old print house in attached former jail or fire hall, the exhibits in the Fred Jefferis Building or 1905 Courthouse include post office utilities, items used in train stations, Country Store, Bedroom and Living Room, items from organizations like Homemakers Club, 4-H, Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls, old toys, vintage clothing such as ladies’ hats and Buffalo robes as well as Jefferies’ desk. The detailed and vibrant Lewis & Clark Mural near the museum building is also notable. Before planning your visit during any event, pay a visit here. Know more about annual events of McLean County.
Other interpretative sections of the museum are –
- Washburn Veteran’s Memorial houses the names of USA Armed Force veterans who were from Washburn and surrounding area
- Joe Taylor Cabin beside the Bunkhouse depicts the story of Joseph H Taylor who was among the first residents of Washburn
- Nettle Creek Schoolhouse is a preserved State Historical Building with a few ancient farm machinery nearby
- Part of Missouri Riverboat display, it is a permanent exhibit depicting golden past of riverboat era
Visit in between 10 AM to 4 PM from Monday to Friday and from 1 PM to 4 PM on Saturday.