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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum


Enjoy learning the history of the Ingalls family in Walnut Grove at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Gift Store.  The museum's collections are housed in a series of interesting buildings, including an 1898 depot, a chapel, an onion-domed house, dugout display, little red schoolhouse, early settler home, and covered wagon display. Also on display are memorabilia from visits by the following stars from the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series:

 - Karen Grassle (Ma)
 - Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary)
 - Katherine McGregor (Mrs. Oleson)
 - Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson)
 - Kevin Hagen (Doc Baker)
 - Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder)
 - Lindsay & Sidney Greenbush (Carrie)

Another feature of Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum is the Kelton Doll Collection, including over 250 dolls from the 1870's to modern times.  This colorful exhibit represents Beulah Kelton's lifelong passion.  A wide selection of books, souvenirs, bonnets, aprons, and locally hand-crafted items are available in the Gift Store.


Madeline Marshall

Saturday, June 16, 2018
We only visited the gift shop and stopped for lunch. There's a nice round picnic table on the porch that will seat 8 people. There are 2 large unisex/family bathrooms with a water fountain in the hallway between them. My children enjoyed seeing all the replicas in the gift shop and relayed many details of the books even with my oldest only being 6. We hope to visit again when we have more time.

Kathleen Lorenzen

Monday, July 9, 2018
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum was very informative & we learned a lot about the family history on both sides of the family. There are also 7 buildings total that you can go through that show you what life was like back then. The first building w/the family histories has poster-size written displays that are actually two high up on the wall for comfortable reading. This 1st building could use a little updating and refreshing so all the displays can be seen & read comfortably. The gift shop is very nice!

Mike Reed

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
It was late in the day so we did not get to see all of it, but what we saw was great. Great slice of American history without today's bias

Jacob Edwards

Friday, April 6, 2018
The museum wasn't open due to inclement weather, but the gift shop was lovely. They had lots of things to buy, several of which were handmade just for that gift shop. The lady that was working there was very friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely enjoyed my visit, and I think you will too!

Nancy Herder

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Wonderful museum. Has many items from the past, history on the Ingalls and their stay in Walnut Grove. Also has items from the Little House shows. Many of the actors have been to Walnut Grove during the pageant.

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