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Polk County Museum
120 Main Street
Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

           The Polk County Historical Society Invites You to Visit the POLK COUNTY MUSEUM! 

                           MISSION STATEMENT: Preserving the past for future generations


                         Please visit us, Polk County Historical Society, at our give BIG webpage    


                                                                    we appreciate your support 

                                                                           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.
                    Hours of Operation:                                    
 Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  Sunday
                      Noon to 4 p.m.


$4... per person
$2... for students
Children under 12 free (accompanied by an adult)

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
Our exciting new exhibit, 'BISON BONES' is also the oldest. 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.   In 1948, staff paleobotanist at the University of Minnesota revealed that the site was located near the Village of Nye in Polk County. The specific location was finally established June 2010 through the assistance of the Polk County Historical Society, and a local resident  of Dresser, Wisconsin, whose family had been working in the marl pit.  The Nye bones were relocated, after 75 years, through the efforts of the Polk County Historical Society members,and the family member. 

The Rural School Museum is also a must-see, just one block south and one block west of the Polk County Museum. 

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!

                                                                                                                                 Thank you to our Funders

                                                                                 HUGH J. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION

                                                                                                        Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

                                                                                                                            Xcel Energy FOUNDATION

                                                                                                         BERNICK'S                                                                                                                                       WE Energies Foundation 

                                                                                                                 Polk-Burnett Charities, Inc.  



Thanks to everyone who made the

October  5th, Cheese Tasting Logging Room Fundraising Event held at the Polk County Museum,a huge success

Everyone enjoyed the delicious cheeses donated by Formost  Farms, Clayton,

F & A  Dairy, Dresser, and AFP Advanced Food Products, Clear Lake



Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.

Map provided courtesy of Wisconline® Used by permission.

This page updated  3/06/2015

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