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Address: 2231 Grant Street, Clinton, IA 52733-3191
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Discover when Clinton was one of the lumber capitals of the world. The...

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.

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
Genevieve M
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Lindabax
Plainfield
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Small musuem, did not take long to see but we did enjoy it. A little hard to find, gps was taking us in circles.

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Thank Bruce G
Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

What the Sawmill Museum lacks in displays of early sawmill and lumberjack equipment, it makes up for with its informative descriptions of the workers, livelihood, and lumber barons. The local Class A baseball team is called the Lumberkings and after reading about the prosperity of the sawmills and lumber industry, you will realize where there were so many lumber barons... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We learned a lot about the history of Clinton and the wood mills. Things we never learned in Iowa history in school. We enjoyed it.

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Thank Bonnie S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Read about this place on TripAdvisor so we included it as one of our stops. It is a nice little museum. The Director gave us a personal introduction to it as it wasn't busy when we stopped. Learned lots of information about the history of logging in the area. Several interactive exhibits.

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Thank ShelleyD007
Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This museum is part museum and part playground. My sons enjoyed playing in the child size logging village and there is a slide and things to play on. There is a lot of historical information about Clinton and the lumber barons that I was unaware of.

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Thank Mike H
Clinton, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great history, old photos, and stories about the people and events that created the logging city of Clinton. I was fascinated with the "talking heads" of the 4 most prominent investors/developers of the logging businesses. Very clever way to tell their stories! Also enjoyed watching a log being split by one of the saws. Although my visit was with adults,... More 

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Thank AuntLori2011
Northern Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Sawmill Museum in Clinton was a real surprise for us. We have lived within 100 miles of the MIssissippi River and never really knew the history behind this gem. Of course the river was used to carry lumber, but I always thought of large sawmills being in more forested areas. It is worth the visit.

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Thank Funseeker91
Le Claire, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

great place to spend a few hours with the kids, i was even really into it to. a lot of local history tied into the history of logging .

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