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.
June, July & August:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m
September thru May:
Saturday & Sunday
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Cottage Grove Museum is FREE. Donations are gladly accepted.
The Cottage Grove Museum is located at 147 North H St. in Cottage Grove's Historic Northwest Neighborhood.
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The Night Before Christmas
Night wear from the past
The museum will be decked out for the holidays as we celebrate the season with this exhibit of historic nightgowns from our textile collection.
The exhibit runs
Thanksgiving through New Year
Please join us for our
5th Annual Stained Glass and Candlelight Holiday Celebration!
Once again our stained glass window expert Joanne Skelton will lead a customized tour of each of the museum's eight stained glass windows all but one of which are over 120 years old! Learn which one is not original to the building and why it had to be replaced!
We will darken the museum and light the windows from the outside – one at a time – while Joanne discusses each window's significance. A truly unique holiday experience!
Saturday, December 1st
Joanne's tour begins at 6:30.
Light refreshments will be offered
The museum always welcomes donations
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.
TAKE AN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL TOUR OF THE MUSEUM'S BRAND NEW, HISTORICALLY CORRECT ROOF!
Enjoy this bird's eye view thanks to drone video provided by Museum Board Member Dan Hill.
Take our Walking Tour!
The Cottage Grove Museum is located in Cottage Grove's Historic Northwest Neighborhood. We invite you to enjoy our neighborhood, which is full of historic homes, by taking a walking tour.
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