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Murray County Historical Museum

2480 29th Street
P.O. Box 61
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507-836-6533
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Click HERE to see some historic photos of various Murray County landmarks.   There are several pages of photos on the Minnesota Digital Library from the Murray County Historical Society.

We are the biggest little museum in Southwestern Minnesota. The museum has a collection of over 10,000 artifacts on display and a library that contains family histories, newspapers and census records.


Our museum began in 1952, when Paul Scherlie donated an old farm wagon. Later, Wm. Leebens, Fair Secretary, and Audrey James, County School Superintendent, let the Historical Society use a display area in the school exhibit building.

In 1957, we obtained the old fire hall, which we repaired and restored. Our present museum was built by the Historical Society and Murray County. It was completed in 1972, and was dedicated to Astronaut "Deke" Slayton on August 17, 1972. Donald K. (Deke) Slayton was one of America's original Mercury Seven astronauts. He flew on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program, a joint U.S.-Russian space mission, in 1975. Since then, there have been many additions to our building.

Admissions: There is no charge, however, free will donations are accepted.

Displays of Special Interest to Visitors Include

  • A replica of one of the oldest churches in Avoca
  • Early radios and phonographs
  • An entire section devoted to old tools and machinery
  • Genealogical Records and Library
  • A Country Store
  • A Railroad Display
  • Indian Artifacts
  • Glassware
  • Furniture


  • January :  Closed except by prior appointment
  • February - December 31:  Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Holidays

Winter hours are subject to weather conditions

For special arrangements or tours, call 507-836-6533.
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The ethnic heritage of Murray County is predominately German, Irish, Belgian, and Scandinavian. The Murray County Historical Society participates in a state and national genealogy web network and you can get information from these sites. For state-wide genealogical information, visit the Minnesota Historical Society website.   If you have information regarding genealogy that would be helpful to residents or former residents, please contact the Murray County Historical Museum.

Murray County Genealogy