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The Polk County Historical Society

Invites you to visit the

Polk County Museum- Old Courthouse

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

12 Noon - 4p.m.

                                  No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our Efforts


                                                                    Handicap Accessible / Air Conditioned  
          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. 


The Polk County Historical Society is excited for our third year of participation in this extraordinary day of community giving, supporting non profits in our area.

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Remember the Polk County Historical Society, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, as a potential recipient if you wish to make a contribution to a worthy cause. Your charitiable donation can be  made through the razoo link above, or through direct contact with the Society.  Thank you.


                 Closed for the Season, looking forward to seeing you May 2017
Contact Us: For quickest response please email
Call for Information and Tours:
715-485-9269.  Thank you for visiting our website.
Built in 1899, the Polk County Museum was the Polk 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.          
Visit our exhibit; 9,000 year old 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, dated to the late Pleistocene. The Society was part of a team that helped bring the 'Bones' back to Polk County.
Immerse yourself in the history of the Polk County people during the Logging Era with a visit to the newly redesigned Logging Room.  Explore the impact  of the Logging industry in the St. Croix River Valley.

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!    Preview some of our Exhibits under the About tab.


The Museum is excited to be hosting The Traveling Exhibit;
‘The Nostalgia Awakens: A Vintage Star Wars Toys Display’
On loan for the 2017 Museum Season(mid May through mid July). Opening night,Curator and owner, Jarrod Roll, discusses the cultural significance of the Star Wars universe and its vast impact on childhoods, storytelling, and popular culture. 
Visiting Star Wars Stormtrooper 


Preview to 2017 Museum Season


The 2017 Spring Art Tour is all set!         May 5,6,7, 2017

                The Polk County Museum is a schduled Art stop destination.


2017  PIONEER SCHOOL   Two sessions Aug 8 -10 and August 15 -17,   children ages  6- 14

 Experience school in the Lanesdale Schoolhouse, Balsam Lake, as taught 100 years ago. Academics, games, the life of a pioneer student.  Applications will be available in the spring.   Call or Email.



August 5, 2017-  Meet and Greet, Author Chad Lewis of Haunted Wisconsin

Event held at the Indianhead Super Club, Balsam Lake, WI

50 tickets available for event- $ 18.00 dinner and program.




Looking forward to Freedom Fest 2017, come enjoy a cold root beer on the beautiful lawn !!!

June 30-July 2 Balsam Lake Freedom Fest July 4th weekend 
  Root Beer Float Fundraiser


Thanks to everyone who helped make Great Memories 2016 



Logging Heydays Event at the Polk County Museum, with a grant funded from the MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation.  The Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture and discussion to strengthen commuity life for everyone in Wisconsin.  


       Logging Era Learn & Lunch   The Society partnered with Deb Paulsen, Unity Community Education and Robert Downs, Naturalist, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to present an exciting program.

Touring Groups



Thanks to All Our Supporters and Sponsors,

Your Funding  Helps us Grow and Provide Quality Services For our Community and Visitors            



Hardenbergh Foundation 

Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

               Xcel Energy


               Polk-Burnett Charities, Inc.




Balsam Lake Chamber


                                  See you in the spring.....














Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.

Map provided courtesy of Wisconline® Used by permission.

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