Polk County Museum

Find Polk County Minnesota museums, such as art museums and galleries, childrens museums, natural history museums, science centers and discovery museums. Museums provide exhibits related to modern and fine arts, history, science and nature, dinosaurs, engineering and more.


East Polk Heritage Center 910 Hilligoss Boulevard Southeast Fosston MN 56542 218-435-6136


McIntosh Heritage & Arts Center 240 Southwest Cleveland Avenue McIntosh MN 56556 218-563-2040

About Polk County Museums

Polk County Museums contain a collection of scientific, historical, cultural, or artistic artifacts, specimens, and objects, usually housed within a single building or campus, which is used for research and public education in Polk County, MN. A Museum's collection is both a reflection of prior research efforts and the subject of current and future research. Polk County Museums also make collections and research accessible to the public, at least in part, through Polk County exhibits and educational programs. Museums and their collections may be focused on any one of a vast array of disciplines. Museums in Polk County can serve relatively narrow fields of interest or cover a wide terrain of subject matter.

You may contact Museums for questions about:
  • Polk County Museum exhibits and collections
  • Event and exhibition calendar
  • Polk County Museum tickets
  • Volunteer and employment opportunities
  • Museum donations and membership
Natural History Museums

Polk County Museums of Natural History, which are often found in large metropolitan centers, own massive collections of specimens and items from the natural world, including living and extinct animals and plants, as well as geological objects such as rocks and minerals. Many also collect and display anthropological and archaeological artifacts. Much of the collection of a Museum of Natural History may not be on display.

Art Museums

Polk County Art Museums display works of art in galleries that may be devoted to a diverse range of artists and art genres from various eras, or an Art Museum may focus on specific artists or styles. Art Museums require substantial amounts of funding to both acquire and care for their costly collections.

History Museums

Polk County History Museums are dedicated to preserving and teaching about the past, and may focus on a particular historical event or movement, the history of a region or locality, or an individual of historical significance. Historical Museums may be very small. For example, many local Polk County Historical Societies run History Museums that are essentially a historical home or site converted into a Museum for public viewing. Others may be large and consist of multiple buildings from a historic era, restored and furnished with period pieces.

Children's Museums

Children's Museums in Polk County, Minnesota cover a wide range of subject matters, including scientific, historical, and cultural topics, and they are designed to engage the interest and curiosity of children. Exhibits are oriented toward young learners and are far more interactive than other Museums.

Specialty Museums

Polk County Specialty Museums are Museums dedicated to narrowly defined topics of interest. They include Halls of Fame, Toy Museums, Textile Museums, and Wax Museums.