The Cottage Grove Museum was built 1897 as Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. This unique octagonal building was modeled after a small church in Germany. The stained glass windows are original and were imported from Italy. When the parish moved in 1961, the building was purchased and deeded to the city of Cottage Grove for use as a museum. The Cottage Grove Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Directions to the museum
The Cottage Grove Museum is located at 147 North H St. in Cottage Grove's Historic Northwest Neighborhood.
ON EXHIBIT NOW:
Mayhem on Main Street!
Photographs of Animal House
in Cottage Grove
by John Bauguess
See if you can spot your friends, relatives or perhaps even yourself among the more than 800 people who lined Main Street during the nine day filming of the closing scene of this iconic college movie as the Cottage Grove Museum celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the filming of Animal House. On exhibit now through September.
ALSO ON EXHIBIT NOW:
Swing your Partner!
Square Dancing outfits from Cottage Grove's Boots and Sandals Square Dance Barn Dancers
Do-Si-Do your way to the museum to see the beautiful square dancing outfits worn by Cottage Grove's own square dancing couple, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Jewel. On exhibit now through September.
The Veley House, located across the street from the museum, houses the administrative offices, photos, and storage.
The Museum Annex, located next to the main museum building, houses exhibits that depict everyday life in early Cottage Grove, including a blacksmith shop, general store, a kitchen and a parlor.
June 1st to Labor Day:
Friday thru Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m
Labor Day to June 1st:
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Cottage Grove Museum is FREE. Donations are gladly accepted.