Sep 03 2009
As I’ve said before, a museum doesn’t have to be big or famous to be interesting. Often at a small museum, you’ll get a personal tour and answers to all of the questions you might have. Such is the case at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm, Minnesota.
Located at Broadway and 1st North St., the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame is in the lower level of the public library.
Although it has a wall honoring the Hall of Fame members, the museum also has memorabilia and artifacts from Minnesota’s music history. Old-time music is well-represented, with local favorites like Whoopee John and the Wendingers, but also the likes of Bobby Vee, Judy Garland, and Bob Dylan.
For us, the best part was the warm welcome we got from Charlie, who was working at the museum. Not only did he answer our questions, but when we asked about the difference between an accordion and a concertina, he pulled out his own concertina and started playing for us. The kids were delighted to sing along with “You Are My Sunshine” and other old songs.
Our stay wasn’t long at the small museum, but we were invited to come back again. That we intend to do.
With an admission request of $3 for adults, and kids free, this is an affordable way to learn about this specific side of Minnesota history.
Right across the street is the Brown County Museum, and the downtown section of Minnesota Street, a block away, contains many historical markers from the Dakota Conflict era. New Ulm’s visitory center is a block away, on the corner of Center and Minnesota.
There’s lots to see and do in New Ulm, Minnesota; when you visit, be sure to add the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame to your itinerary.