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Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum

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A treasure in Dassel, this fantastic, if small museum delivers! The museum director is fun... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Knowledgeable friendly staff and top notch art / history displays. We will be back for the rooster... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
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The Universal Laboratories building is on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the home of the Dassel Area Historical Society. From 1937 to the mid 1970s, Universal Laboratories provided raw ergot from the grain fields of the...more
901 1st St N, Dassel, MN 55325-1037
+1 320-275-3077
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

A treasure in Dassel, this fantastic, if small museum delivers! The museum director is fun, friendly, and knowledgeable, taking the time to explain anything you may have questions about. A permanent exhibit here delves into the history of ergot, a double-edged sword of a fungus...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Knowledgeable friendly staff and top notch art / history displays. We will be back for the rooster ruckus.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Pokysmom
Reviewed 1 December 2016

How many times do you get to a rural area, and wonder if there's anything to do? Outside of the city, outside of the suburbs, it's probably expected that there is a lack of "fine dining," high culture, etc.--you get the point. The Dassel Museum...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great little museum, a place for local history. Ergot... Who knew a poison could be so helpful?! Art from local artists too!

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank debs712
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Tucked inside an old manufacturing plant where they made yeast and ergot, this museum traces the history of this fungal disease found in rye and other cereals. Ergot was known to the ancients, who mixed it into drinks for an LSD-type experience. Some, according to...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank HowdyDoody4
Reviewed 10 August 2015

People travel many miles to visit museums that do not come close to the quality of the Dassel Area Historical Museum. The docents at the museum are intelligent, aware of the many nuances in Dassel's unique history, and are obviously interested in sharing this history...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Laree14
Reviewed 5 April 2015

We went to the museum to see Deep Roots, a Scandinavian textiles show. The pieces were artfully displayed on the third floor of the museum. But just as interesting are two of the permanent displays, one about the history of the DFL party in Minnesota...More

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank strikketoy
Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Not only does this building serve as the historical society but, this is an ergot museum. Ergot has a long history of death and healing and this building was the headquarters for sorting the fungi from the grain for the pharmaceutical industry. There is a...More

1  Thank amybeth24
Reviewed 4 April 2013

Such talent by local artists. It was impressive. The art submitted was very professional. Photo art, watercolors, oils and a lovely hand made chest.

Date of experience: September 2012
Thank traveler7403
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Very professionally organized, with obviously great volunteer backing. Interesting and informative exhibits. The community takes pride in it's history, and it shows.

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank Quist17
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