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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

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Address: 330 8th St, Walnut Grove, MN 56180-1114
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+1 800-528-7280
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Walnut Grove Minnesota is the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder...

Walnut Grove Minnesota is the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls Wilder who penned the “Little House” series of books. The Museum consists of 9 structures telling the stories of the Ingalls' family and other early pioneers to Walnut Grove; several of which are mentioned in Laura's book "On the Banks of Plum Creek". A great family friendly environment with several hands on locations throughout the complex of buildings. Visit in July on one of 3 weekends for our Wilder Pageant and Family Festival.

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big fan of laura ingalls

i read laura Ingalls books when i was a kid so it was imperative we visit. But I must say, this little museum tells much more than just about Laura Ingalls...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i read laura Ingalls books when i was a kid so it was imperative we visit. But I must say, this little museum tells much more than just about Laura Ingalls...

Thank Katie J J
Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very unexpected visit. We were driving home and at the side of the two lane highway was a small green sign that only said "Ingalls Family Homestead". So we followed it and it opened up into one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had! You have to park at the Visitor's Centre and purchase your... More 

2 Thank charyn989
San Francisco Bay Area
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

If you are considering visiting the museum after November 1, save yourself a trip. The museum is closed but the gift shop is open. We drove over 200 miles round trip the day after Thanksgiving just to discover only the gift shop is open. Needless to say we were very disappointed. Thankfully, we stopped to see the Sod House on... More 

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Finger Lakes, New York
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My wife loved her books, so it was imperative we visit. But I must say, this little museum tells much more than just about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books. It really tells the story of life in the 1800’s on the prairie. There are several outbuildings that reflect different aspects of living then. From the sod house, to the... More 

4 Thank Tommy B
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

It was over 300 miles for us to reach this place, the farthest stretch of our trip. I had read that the museum wasn't largely based on the real historical figures, and more on the show. I didn't hold out for anything great. Although there are a couple rooms that are about the show and one or two about the... More 

5 Thank primalclaws1974
Belmond, Iowa
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Spent several hours on Sunday aft. at this neat place. 3 grandaughters played for a long time in the different interactive stations. I got to take my time and look at all the exhibits and memorabilia. I marvel at the way of life in the pioneer days and admit I would have been a horrible pioneer woman. No diet Coke!?!?... More 

Thank Sue G
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Really beautiful museum with great staff. They have taken the time to fill this museum with unique information. Be sure that you have at least 2 hours, there is a lot of reading involved if you are interested in learning. To see more original items of Laura Ingalls you will need to go to her homestead museum.

2 Thank Moosen_on_the_loose
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

While planning a roadtrip which included a drive west from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls I noticed the town Walnut Grove enroute and it brought back memories of youth and the TV series Little House on the Prairie. Doing a little research I thought it would be fun to visit to break the journey. I got the impression that it contained... More 

2 Thank Andrew D
Fort Morgan, Colorado
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

The wife is a huge fan of the Little House show and the Wilder books. So it was a no-brainer when we went to Minnesota recently to visit Walnut Grove. The price is $7.00 per adult. The museum is made up of a number of disconnected buildings. Just an FYI if you go on a day that it's raining as... More 

3 Thank Timothy S
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

We enjoyed learning the history of the real Ingalls family and tv series. Most areas also had activities to occupy younger kids so you could slowdown.

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