Physical and Mailing Address:

Otter Tail County Historical Society
1110 Lincoln Ave. W. Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537


Email: General Information

The image at the top of this page is of Pelican Rapids, c. 1920.

Traveling Exhibits

Occasionally we host traveling exhibits.
From June 23, 2015 thru September 4, 2015 NAM: Now A Memory, Artwork by Jim Fletcher
From May 1, 2015 thru May 8, 2015 Museum of the Marginalized
From May 28, 2014 thru July 11, 2014 Lincoln The Constitution and the Civil War
February 27, 2014 thru March 28, 2014 - Tansfer of Memory
From June 19, 2013 thru August 28, 2013 - Between Coasts
From Aug. 9 - Oct. 12, 2012 Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation

From Nov. 14-Dec. 30, 2011 Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places
From Nov. 5-Dec. 17, 2010 we displayed: A Peace of My Mind by Photographer John Noltner


In 2010 we hosted the Smithsonian Exhibit Between Fences.

In 2007 we hosted the Smithsonian Exhibit Key Ingredients: America By Food

Permanent Exhibits

Wild Life

Native American History
Main Street


Temporary Exhibits


Otter Tail County Between Fences


Myths & Legends


We Chose Otter Tail County


Key Ingredients: Otter Tail County By Food


Clothes Make The Man


All Dressed Up


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Permanent & Temporary Exhibits

Our exhibits illustrate the lives, conditions, events, and activities that have shaped Otter Tail County.

Our exhibits are always well received by the public. Everyone that visits is always surprised by the size of our museum as well as the professional look and feel of the displays.

Our permanent exhibits introduce visitors to key aspects of the Otter Tail County's past including: the natural environment, Native American history, the Fur Trade, Immigration, Settlement, agriculture, farm life and a recreation of a 1910s main street.

Our temporary exhibits provide staff with the opportunity to highlight areas of our collection that would otherwise remain in storage, taking an in-depth look at specific themes, events, time periods and individuals from the county's past and share it with visitors. The staff produces one major temporary exhibit annually. The exhibit opens in early February and runs through September.

While Visiting - Play Our Museum Object Find!


Hours: September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May:

Open daily Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours: June, July & August:

Open daily Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission: Ages 12 to adult $5.00; Ages 5-11 $2.00; Under 5 Free; Members Free

Research Library:

Open daily Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $5.00/day

Holiday Closures:

Please call ahead if you plan to visit on or near a holiday.

Closed: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Chrismas Eve, Christmas Day.

Driving Directions:

From Fargo/Moorhead: I-94 E to Exit 54 MN-210 W. Turn LEFT onto MN-210 E/W LINCOLN AVE. Turn LEFT onto N 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES.

From Minneapolis/St. Paul: I-94 W to Exit 54 MN-210 W. Turn RIGHT onto MN-210 E/W LINCOLN AVE. Turn LEFT onto N 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. APPROXIMATELY 180 MILES.

From Wahpeton/Breckenridge: MN-210 E to N 4th AVE. Turn LEFT onto 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES

From the EAST: MN-210 W to US-59/PEBBLE LAKE ROAD. Turn RIGHT onto MN-210/S SHERIAN ST. Continue to follow MN-210/LINCOLN AVENUE. Turn RIGHT on N 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. WE ARE APPROXIMATELY 216 MILES FROM DULUTH.

We are located near the following attractions in and around Fergus Falls, Minnesota:

Dining, lodging and shopping. To find out more contact the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce.

And the following Government and Arts Organizations and Activities: Otter Tail County Courthouse; Otter Trail Scenic Byway; Central Lakes Bike Trail; Prairie Wetlands Learning Center; A Center for the Arts; Lake Region Arts Council; Fergus Falls Public Library.

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