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The Sawmill Museum

2231 Grant Street, Clinton, IA 52733-3191
+1 563-242-0343
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Nice quick visit

Enjoyed a short visit here. Much history regarding the saw mills along the river. This is a one... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jack H
via mobile
Great for local history

This impressive museum is a great field trip for kids and educational for the adults. It is easy... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Discover when Clinton was one of the lumber capitals of the world. The museum features exhibits for all ages, regular special programming, and hands on learning.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good48%
  • Average14%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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2231 Grant Street, Clinton, IA 52733-3191
+1 563-242-0343
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a short visit here. Much history regarding the saw mills along the river. This is a one hour stop.

Thank Jack H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This impressive museum is a great field trip for kids and educational for the adults. It is easy to forget our history of logging that helped build this town, this reminds everyone what a major part of our economy it was. They also are a...More

Thank davidlI5106MM
Reviewed 20 August 2017

this museum is relatively new and has working sawmill at its center. There is a video of Clinton's logging history but it is best for kids (there were school groups running through the entire museum) with hands on things for them to do.

Thank jwyblf
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

A smaller museum that actually was quite interesting. Very unique beginning story. You'll have to check it out. They require a reservation to demonstrate the sawmill.

Thank Boomercal
Reviewed 24 June 2017

A room is set up with talking mannequin heads depicting four of the lumber barons of Clinton in its hey-day. Their conversation was very interesting. There is a large room with heavy machinery that was used in the sawmills. There are full size replicas of...More

1  Thank BKCK
Reviewed 22 June 2017

wanted to visit but wasn't completed - loved the irony of the fact it was built of stone & metal with all those saws why not use wood ?!More

Thank Foxy_Enigma
Matt P, Manager at The Sawmill Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

I apologize for any confusion that our expansion might have caused. The museum is open, but what you might have seen was our expansion, which will be finished in the fall. Our exhibits start arriving in the winter of 2017. Our Sunday and Monday hours...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

Great little museum on Clinton's north-end riverfront. We enjoyed visiting The Sawmill in Iowa and right across the river visiting The Windmill in Fulton.

Thank Musemie87
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This place sounds like it would be a waste of time, YET when you walk through the doors you see elements of the area's history. How it grew from the hard worker pioneers, millionaire loggers, to corn syrup and the unique history the area offers.

Thank openroadvt1100
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Visited the museum with 3 small children (ages 6,4,3). Spent several hours playing in the lumber camp and checking out the exhibits. Interesting and informative, well worth a visit.

1  Thank Genevieve M
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

An unexpected treasure in Clinton, the lumber capital of the US in the late 1880's. Detailed multimedia explanation of the industry and the people behind it. Friendly staff. Worth a visit. Can do in an hour, more if you read everything.

Thank Lindabax
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