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.
My family and I were able to trace a few places in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walnut Grove was our second stop. The entire family really enjoyed themselves here. The Museum had rooms filled with artifacts from the lives of the Ingalls family and from the show (Little House on the Prairie). The site of the dugout house from "On the Banks of Plum Creek," is just a short drive from the museum.
Wonderfully informative with fun hands on activities for the kids. Several of the buildings are air conditioned. The museum covers general pioneer life, the Ingalls family, and the television show. The gift shop carries all something for everyone.
Has a lot of items at the gift shop. The museum is very informative and interesting. My daughter loves Little House on the Prairie she had a great time.
This Museum focuses a bit much on the TV version of Ingalls Wilder, but it was still enjoyable with lots of opportunities to learn about life on the early American frontier. Plan on spending a few hours here. In my judgment, the museum was worth its entrance price. The people were welcoming, and the facilities clean and informative.
Lots of artifacts from Laura's family, historical information, mock buildings from the time period (schoolhouse, dugout home, mercantile, etc.), Also there is a live outdoor theatrical show on select weekends in July that tells the Laura Engalls Wilder story at Plum Creek. Also a large gift store with books, period dress and memorabilia. Museum admission is $15, under 5 free.