Our museum features five large buildings (26,000 sq ft) (one building just used for storage) on a beautiful six-acre site. Its mission is to recapture a century of stories about farm life. Implements, tools, tractors and gas engines in mint condition along with rural art help you look back to an era when neighbors worked together to harvest their crops, raise barns and build a better life for their families. Enjoy an afternoon browsing on your own or guided tours always available.
Membership to our museum is also available to you. Membership form/fees in Word format. Here is the Membership form in PDF format
When the Hanley Falls School closed their doors for the last time in the spring of 1978, the Yellow Medicine County bought the building. Members of the County Historical Society Board encouraged development of an agricultural museum at the site. Our museum opened in 1980 as an Agricultural and Transportation Museum, inviting the Pioneer Power Machinery Club to hold their Threshing Show on our grounds. See how our small Southwestern Minnesota community transformed the school into an agricultural learning center, devoting its 26,000 sq. ft. to interpreting rural life, past, present and future. A delightful afternoon awaits as you explore the farm home rooms, general store, vintage automobiles, railroad memorabilia; along with farm toys, country art and a gift shop. Take a Virtual Tour of our museum.
Four large buildings are filled with beautifully restored gas engines and tractors dating back to 1912. You're invited to step into the past by taking part in our Old Time Threshing Show in August. Facilities, picnic area and parking all handicapped accessible. A friendly smile and guided tour always welcome you. Check out some photos from past Threshing Shows.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Friends of Minnesota’s Machinery Museum – Join us for an evening of good food, entertainment, door prizes, visiting and our annual meeting. See you there! Doors will open at 6:00pm (please use west entrance to museum). Meal catered by Baune’s of Wabasso (roast beef, turkey, potatoes, carrots, salad and beverage). Tickets $12. You may purchase tickets by calling the museum and leaving message with name, contact phone number and number of tickets needed. Museum number 507-768-3522. The entertainment for the evening will be Granny L. She’s coming back to visit because you can never have enough “Scandihoovian” humor. And she still has some kisses to give away! The heart of Granny’s message is as constant as her personal approach to life-– no matter what comes your way, “life’s pretty good after all!”
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Notice of Annual Meeting for Members: Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Members of Minnesota’s Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls, MN Will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm in the museum basement. For the purpose of electing two (2) directors, whose terms expire, each for a term of three (3) years, the reading of the Annual Reports for the year ending December 31, 2016, and to transact such other business as may legally come before this meeting. Secretary, David Pichaske
Saturday, August 5, 2017 and Sunday, August 6, 2017 - The Good Old Days & Threshing Show See Poster here
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In Southwestern Minnesota, Located 9 miles south of Granite Falls or 20 miles north of Marshall on Highway 23 in Hanley Falls; 1 block west of Highway 23 & 1 block north. Map
Hours To Visit Us:
The museum is open to the public May 15th through September 30th. Museum hours are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday; Sunday 1:00 to 4:30 PM. We are closed holidays. For other hours or if you would like to schedule a group tour, please call 507.768.3522.
There is no admission charge, however, you are invited to spend a few hours visiting the museum and any donation is welcome.
Articles to Exhibit:
If you have articles to exhibit here, please send a photo and any information on the article to our Director. The Collections Committee will make a final decision on accepting artifacts. All articles must be in good condition and clean when brought to the museum. We prefer donations, but in some cases, we will accept loans. A brief signature form is presented at the time of donation for our file. Our museum has a 501C-3 tax exempt status and all appraisals are the responsibility of the donor for tax purposes.
Our museum is handicapped accessible.
Our museum can accommodate groups of 45 or more.