Current Exhibits

Digital Exhibits

In light of the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Brown County Museum remains closed until further notice. The Brown County Historical Society remains committed to presenting the history of Brown County, so please view our new digital exhibits here until the museum reopens.

First Floor

Coming Soon!

Becoming Brown County

Launching in Spring 2021 is a new permanent exhibit in the Brown County Historical Society’s museum, Becoming Brown County. The exhibit will tell the story of the early history and formation of Brown County during the periods of prehistory, early human habitation, and European settlement.

Specific topics will include the geographical formation of the county and how it has affected human settlement, Native American cultures before and after European contact, the fur trade, settlement by Europeans, formation of Brown County, early towns, early industries and businesses, ethnicity and culture of inhabitants, and significant events. The exhibit will include other topics, such as transportation, early education, health care, or recreational activities as space allows. These other sections will be rotated out and replaced with new themes to keep the exhibit fresh.

The exhibit will be located on the first floor of the Brown County Museum, which will also be renovated to improve visitor services. The improvements include relocating the Museum Store, creating a new visitor reception area, and improving control systems to manage visitor flow. The museum has not been updated since 1985 when it opened to the public, so cosmetic upgrades are included in the plans.

Early Brown County Exhibit Project Poster

Second Floor

Coming Soon!

150 Years of the New Ulm Fire Department, 1870-2020

For 150 years, the New Ulm Fire Department has served the city of New Ulm and surrounding area. The department formed in 1870 after a serious fire showed the people of New Ulm needed organized fire fighters to protect the city. In the early days of the department, then called the New Ulm Fire Company, the firefighters were only called to fight fires. The fire company reorganized in 1887, becoming the New Ulm Fire Department. Since then the department has professionalized, though is still voluntary, and provides a variety of other services in addition to fighting fires.

The 150 Years of the New Ulm Fire Department exhibit outlines the history of the New Ulm Fire Department from its origins and early equipment, such as the “Mankiller” hand pump and early buckets, to its present status as a provider of fire protection, prevention, and rescue services.

This exhibit will be on display through 2021 on the second floor of the Brown County Historical Society’s museum.

Art and Artists of Brown County: The Gag Family

Herman the Cheruscan, by Anton Gag

Grandma’s Parlor by Wanda Gag

The Lehrer House, Springfield, by Anton Gag

Third Floor

Never Shall I Forget – Brown County and the U.S.-Dakota War

Our award-winning exhibit, Never Shall I Forget summarizes the events that occurred in Brown County in August, 1862, that shaped Brown County’s history. The exhibit explores the historic and modern remembrances and reflections of this important event in Minnesota’s history.

New Ulm
Battery Cannon

Tepee

Leavenworth
Rescue Wagon