Join Our Community Like us


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.


                         Please visit us at our razoo webpage, We always 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.
          2016  Hours of Operation:     
The Polk County Museum is closed for the 2015 Season
Questions, stay in contact with us by email.  
We look forward to seeing you  Memorial Weekend 2016
Please call or email to inquiry about scheduling meetings and tours                         
 Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  Sunday
                      Noon to 4 p.m.

Please check webpage or call for Admission Fees

Handicap Accessible / Air Conditioned

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
         Visit the Logging Exhibit.  Explore the impact of the Logging Industry in the St. Croix River Valley.                                 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, dated to the late Pleistocene. 

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!

The Museum partnered with Unity Community Education and others in hosting a   SPOOKTACULAR Halloween at the  Museum.  Children and families were treated to goodies provided by the Balsam Lake Chamber, handed out by Unity High School students.  Our best quote by a young visitor, "This is the best Museum, they give out candy".

                             Lanesdale Schoolhouse Pioneer School

                                Summer school program for children at Lanesdale School, Balsam Lake






Wisconsin’s Gangster Past presented by Chad Lewis, Friday August 7th, was a fun evening at the Museum .  Chad invited guests to follow  the footsteps of America’s most infamous gangsters as they turned Wisconsin  into their own criminal vacation land.  His presentation let the audience discover the grisly locations where the gangster history will never die.




                                                                                                                  Thank you to our Corporate Funders


                                                                           HUGH J. ANDERSEN FOUNDATION

                                                                             Hardenbergh Foundation 

                                                                                              Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation

                                                                                                                   ST. CROIX VALLEY FOUNDATION                    

                                                                                                                            Xcel Energy FOUNDATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                       BERNICK'S                                                                                                            Polk-Burnett Charities, Inc.



Thanks to Bernicks and everyone who made the Freedom Fest Root Beer Float fundraiser a success



Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.

Map provided courtesy of Wisconline® Used by permission.

This page updated  2/03/2016

This will permanently remove the record from your database.
This action cannot be undone.



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