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The Polk County Historical Society Invites You to Visit 
The Polk County Museum
120 Main Street
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

               MISSION STATEMENT:  Preserving the past for future generations by establishing a

unique and enduring collection of Polk County history, shared with the public through educational

programs and exhibits.


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                                                                           Historical Three-Story Courthouse
                                                        Open Memorial Day though Labor Day (including Holidays) 
The Polk County Museum is located in the heart of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin (HWY 46) and Mill Rd,
the Museum is accessible to all, equipped with an elevator on the north side addition. 
There is also an entrance on the south side of the building on Old Courthouse Rd.
          2015  Hours of Operation:                                    
 Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  Sunday
                      Noon to 4 p.m.


Handicap accessible (with elevator)

During our open season call for Information and Tours:
715-485-9269.  Thank you for visiting our website.
Built in 1899, the Polk County Museum was the County Courthouse until 1975. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an absolute treasure. You'll find three floors of galleries just bursting with items; some dating back as far as the Revolutionary War! Most of what you'll encounter is from the early 1900's
              Thursday, May 21, Memorial Weekend, is the opening for the Museum's 2015 Season.  
Visit the newly designed Logging Exhibit.  Explore the impact the Logging Industry of the St. Croix River Valley had on Polk County.  Immerse yourself in the history of the Polk County people during the Logging Era.               
Visit our exhibit; Bison  Bones' Back-ground on this phenomenal exhibit; in 1934 a farmer in the St. Croix. River Valley (between Minnesota and Wisconsin) presented the University of Minnesota with several large animal bones.  The bones were discovered by accident at a marl dredging pit, east of Dresser in Nye.  They were identified as an extinct species of bison, (bison oliverhayi). Based on recovered woody plant remains, they reasoned that the site dated to the late Pleistocene. The Nye bones were relocated to the Museum, after 75 years, through the efforts of the Polk County Historical Society and the farmers' family member . 

Come visit us soon and lose yourself in the rich heritage of this area.  There is an exhibit to fit almost any interest. Thanks to everyone for your continuing support, helping to contribute towards our goals!

PIONEER STUDENTS WANTED                     

The Polk County Historical Society is excited to be offering two, three day sessions of Pioneer Schooling to be held at the restored, Polk County Lanesdale Rural School in Balsam Lake.  The first session begins on Tuesday, August 18, 19, 20.  The second session begins on Tuesday, August 25, 26, 27.  The fee for each three day session is $ 35.00 per child.

This unique program accepts children ages 6-14. Children will experience reading, writing, and arithmetic lessons as taught 100 years ago.  Our goal is to provide children with an understanding of the history of education in an authentic one room school house and to have fun.  There will be lots of old fashioned games, stories and music.

Students are asked to dress as children did in the 1900’s; for girls, long dresses and bonnets; for boys, bib-overalls, knickers, and suspenders.  Clothing available at School.

Lunches should be brought in baskets, pails, or handkerchiefs with drinks in lidded glass jars.  Please no soda pop, chips, or packaged snacks.

Questions can be directed to  715-485-9269 or Email


Admission Forms and payment should be submitted by July 31, either;

Mail to;                                                                   Return to;

Polk County Museum                       or                  The Polk County Museum

P.O. Box 41                                                           Balsam Lake, WI

Balsam Lake, WI.  54810                                      Thursday – Sunday 12-4 p.m.


                                                                                                                                  Thank you to our Funders


                                                                                          HUGH J. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION

                                                                                                        Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

                                                                                                                            Xcel Energy FOUNDATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                       BERNICK'S                                                                                                                               Polk-Burnett Charities, Inc.



Thanks to Bernicks and everyone who made the Fun Fest Rootbeer fundraiser a success



Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.

Map provided courtesy of Wisconline® Used by permission.

This page updated  7/06/2015

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Polk County Museum / Historical Society Balsam Lake, WI Phone: 715-485-9269