of the Bard’s works each year from
late June through early August. The
festival also puts on free concerts on
the Winona State University Green
in front of the theater, with food
trucks and other activities, some
in conjunction with the mid-June
Steamboat Days festival in town.
Winona is also home to the
renowned Minnesota Marine Art
Museum, with waterway-themed
masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet,
Gaugin, Matisse, Picasso and many
more in its permanent collection.
On the homegrown side, the Polish
Cultural Institute and Museum
celebrates the area’s Polish heritage with
historic and cultural artifacts, and the
Winona County History Center features
three floors of exhibits in a historic
building downtown. Don’t miss the view
from the Garvin Heights overlook.
In the winter, there is great cross-country skiing on the Root River and
Harmony-Preston Valley trails and in
most of the region’s state parks, while
in autumn these hardwood bluffs show
some of the most dramatic fall colors in
the entire state.
moose and loons. There’s also an
antique toy museum, mini-golf and a
wide array of toys for sale, including
old-fashioned wooden toys handmade
by local craftspeople.
Beneath a distinctive 500-foot
limestone outcropping on a bluff
known as Sugar Loaf, Winona is the
largest town along this portion of the
Mississippi. Two universities support
a lively arts scene for the town of less
than 30,000 people.
The Great River Shakespeare
Festival presents spirited productions
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RENVILLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
renvillecountyhistory.com | 507-697-6147
REDWOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
redwoodcountyhistoricalsociety.com | 507-641-3329
Gilfillan Estates | 507-249-2210
winona, mn | 507.474.7900 | grsf.org
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