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Sawmill Museum
2231 Grant St, Clinton, IA 52732, United States
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WM
Review №1

Nice find. Stopped off here, mid road trip, and was glad we did. Enough informative exhibits for adults, and interactive exhibits for kids. Staff super friendly.

Ka
Review №2

Holy cow, better plan at least 2 hours to get the full experience here. So so much history. The host kept checking on us to answer questions, and the retired gent in the saw room is very passionate about his shop, which really adds to the experience. They both are locals and had other tidbits to share about their community and other places if interest. We will try to go back, we missed about 1/3 of the exhibits.

Ji
Review №3

Excellent place to stop. Did not realize that Clinton played such a roll in the lumber industry. Thought maybe 15-20 minutes to go through, was in there for over an hour. $6 for adults, stop by if you have time.

Ka
Review №4

Great atmosphere. Even better staff. So much interactive fun for the kids and learning for parents as well !

Fa
Review №5

What a find! This museum completely surpassed any expectations I could have had. To find that Clinton was the sawmill capital of the U.S. at one time . Very interactive museum for kids and adults alike.

Ch
Review №6

What a great hidden gem! My wife and I were visiting family in Port Byron when we found the sawmill museum. Theres a great mix of items for adults and children. You could tell that they invested in quality exhibits. We loved the water exhibit, the interactive log raft, and the animatronic lumber barons (which were so realistic as to be borderline creepy! Lol) we spent a solid two hours there, and will probably visit again!

Ma
Review №7

Perfect for young children. Lots of inactive activities. Nice 1 to 2 hour activity.

Jo
Review №8

Great place for kids to learn history of logging industry and have some fun at the same time!

Na
Review №9

This is An Actual Working Sawmill With A Museum That Children of ALL Ages Will Enjoy I Highly Recommend The Guided Tours ,

As
Review №10

We had four generations in our family ranging from age 92 to 3 when we visited this museum and it had something to entertain/interest everyone! We learned so much thanks to the very informative tour guide. Very pleased with our time here and so glad we stopped in!

Br
Review №11

Great place for young kids. They weren’t very interested in learning about the sawmills but they had a blast with all the hands on activities. The water table was great!

JD
Review №12

Great museum! Clean friendly environment

Pa
Review №13

Awesome, very educational, real nice displays

Da
Review №14

This is a small museum that showcases the sawmill industry in the area. There is an entrance fee. Most of the museum is designed for children, but they have good information for the adults as well. The people who run the museum are really nice. My favorite part were these 4 talking heads who share the history.

Br
Review №15

Enjoyed out groups tour thru the museum. Lots of rich history of the clinton area saw mills and business. Enjoyed looking at the different machines to pictures of the old rafts ect. Over that they had different areas for the kids to interact and play with things. They have a water table that the kids can close gates ect and float down boats and logs. Great place to visit for a few hours. I would recommend checking it out.

Ni
Review №16

Great mix of things to do for both adults and kids of all ages. Very nice tour and history given also!

Je
Review №17

Nice place. Friendly staff. Fun activities for kids and some interesting information about the history of our local industrial infrastructure.

Te
Review №18

The kids loved the giant water table and all the train sets. The adults loved the automatons, old pictures and learning the history of the lumber barons in Iowa. Good museum, good price, and the kids ask to go back and visit again every day. Well done!

Ju
Review №19

Excited about this hands on museum for kids and adults! Lots of historical info.displayed as well as interactive displays for kids to learn about the River industry &transportation!

Sc
Review №20

Very nice place and very interesting! Definitely come here and see the museum. There is also an awesome game where you navigate a log pile down the river! Need to try the game! Great place!

Bo
Review №21

There for a party. Large rental room to use and the kids had a blast playing.

Fr
Review №22

Great museum documenting our logging history. Working saws. Plenty of interesting displays for the kids.

An
Review №23

We enjoyed our visit the staff was very detailed about the history of the families and the city. Kids loved the interactive area

Sh
Review №24

My special needs nephew who isnt usually a fan of museums loved it here!

Di
Review №25

Really unique and interesting experience for the whole family. We also chose to use their party room for a birthday and the kids really enjoyed the day.

Ka
Review №26

A kid friendly, quirky, and educational museum. The guides are genuinely interested in sharing information about the 19th century lumber industry in Clinton IA.

Be
Review №27

Great experience for all ages. Hidden little gem which should be attendilrd if you are interested in sawmills, Clintons history, or museums!

Er
Review №28

Fun place to take your family and the kiddos if you get a chance. Its a fascinating view of Clintons history and early roots. Definitely recommend a stop if you havent been there yet. More built for kids than adults, so bring the little ones.

Na
Review №29

Clintons little treasure! Great exhibits, fun for kids, much more interesting than I was anticipating. Friendly people, great experience overall

Di
Review №30

Great place lots of history and kids love it

Ti
Review №31

Nice place to go to see how they did things back then

Ci
Review №32

Great place. Kids love it. People who run it are a little rude or I would have given 5 stars

De
Review №33

Easily accessible, great hands on museum for kids and teens. Heritage MB clinic was well done.

Mi
Review №34

Kind of disappointed you couldnt watch a log getting cut. Interactive game trying to ship logs down the river was interesting though.

Ru
Review №35

Great place for a birthday party or just visit. Fun for all ages!

Ja
Review №36

Enjoyed the sawmill worth the trip

Me
Review №37

Definitely an educational museum.

Kr
Review №38

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Museum seems geared more towards younger kids.

Ed
Review №39

A GREAT place to visit and a perfect size room for my Exelon QCIC off-site meeting. The staff accommodated our nearly 50 person team well and we also gained a great local history lesson. The volunteers demonstrated the task of using their sawmill as my team observed in awe. It was a great day and we enjoyed ourselves there. Thank you Sawmill Museum staff for a wonderful day!!

Te
Review №40

Very interesting place to come and learn some history

Ci
Review №41

What a wonderful place for young and old alike!

He
Review №42

Our family had a great time

RA
Review №43

Great people, nice history lesson

Go
Review №44

Very interesting place to go. Lots of area history.

Br
Review №45

Fun, creative and affordable. Great for family outings!

De
Review №46

My kids always enjoy going to the Sawmill. It is such an interesting place to visit and take guests to.I have yet to catch a live demonstration here, but that isnt for a lack of them.

Sh
Review №47

Very nice.so much to do

Ma
Review №48

Great place to learn about the saw milling days in Lyons / Clinton day. Every one should stop and check it out. You wont be disappointed.

Ra
Review №49

Great museum with alot of history.

Da
Review №50

Great place for all ages!

Ka
Review №51

Great little museum, really fun for children!

Ke
Review №52

Excellent family experience, lots to see, do and interactive activities. Accurately portrays the growth of the lumber industry and the relationship to settlement of the western frontier .

Do
Review №53

Lot of history here along with some great stuff to keep kids very busy. A must see.

Ma
Review №54

Very educational and lots for every age to see and do

my
Review №55

Nice learning place.

Ms
Review №56

Kids had a blast! Very informative and fun.

Tr
Review №57

Great place for a birthday party

Ga
Review №58

Great and educative venue if youre interested in the history of Clintons economic uprise - and downfall. And an excellent example what happens if economic interests disregard sustainability: Once the forests in the midwest were depleted, the sawmills had to close, thousands of people were laid off, and the money just moved on to the next ventures.

Jo
Review №59

My son loved his time spent there especially the water table.

Jo
Review №60

Tripled in size, great for kids

Ca
Review №61

Fun and interesting.

Jo
Review №62

A little bit less than I was expecting.

Ke
Review №63

Nice peaceful place

Ja
Review №64

Neat and fun activities, fun educational experience

St
Review №65

The Christmas train was great

Er
Review №66

Fun place for the family, kids love it.

K
Review №67

Was a great walk in history

Re
Review №68

Grand kids love it

Ti
Review №69

Fun fun and more fun

Jo
Review №70

Very informative with hands-on displays

St
Review №71

Cool place.

Ch
Review №72

Fun little place.

Al
Review №73

Great place to visit, knowledgeable and helpful staff

Mi
Review №74

Loved it

Sy
Review №75

Boring.

Ti
Review №76

Hands on and very informative.

Ad
Review №77

Quaint place

jo
Review №78

Family fun

Ad
Review №79

Weird

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  • Address:2231 Grant St, Clinton, IA 52732, United States
  • Site:http://thesawmillmuseum.org/
  • Phone:+1 563-242-0343
Categories
  • Children's museum
  • Museum
  • History museum
  • Tourist attraction
Working hours
  • Monday:10am–6pm
  • Tuesday:10am–6pm
  • Wednesday:10am–6pm
  • Thursday:1–5pm
  • Friday:1–6pm
  • Saturday:10am–6pm
  • Sunday:10am–6pm
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilet:Yes
Amenities
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • Toilets:Yes
  • Restaurant:No
Crowd
  • Family friendly:Yes
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