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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.
          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.

No Admission Fees- Donations Appreciated and Sustain our Efforts

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!


Please signup and join us as we partner with  

Unity School District Community Education                                    

Friday, May 13, 2016 11:00 a.m.        Logging Era Learn & Lunch   $15.00  

Immerse yourself in the Logging Era, please check with Community Ed to pre-register and for any questions.  Deb Paulsen 715-825-2101 ext. 1560

                     Lanesdale Schoolhouse Pioneer School

                                Summer school program for children at Lanesdale School, Balsam Lake

                                    2016 Pioneer School Sessions-  August  Two Sessions 9,10,11th and 16,17,18th

                                                   email or call  715-485-9569    




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.





Thanks to the Wisconsin Humanities Council, for supporting the July 23, 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.  










Balsam Lake is 4 miles north off HWY 8.

Map provided courtesy of Wisconline® Used by permission.

This page updated  4/11/2016

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