Owatonna Attractions

Come and explore what Owatonna has to offer. Step back in time at the Orphanage Museum, the Village of Yesteryear, and the world-famous bank designed by Louis Sullivan. Discover the Historic Downtown shops, restaurants, and amazing architecture. Make sure you catch an outdoor concert, create pottery at the Arts Center, see a live reptile show, or enjoy a theatre performance while staying with us. You’ll find large stores to small boutiques here with shopping venues for everyone. Spend the day shopping in the Historic Downtown District for a unique treasure or head over to the Outlets of Medford where you’ll find everything from Nike to The Gap stores. For our outdoor enthusiasts, make sure you plan a trip over to the outdoor gear one-stop shop at Cabela’s. For more information, please visit visitowatonna.org.

There is truly something for everyone in Owatonna! We invite you to stop by our friendly front desk for guidance on planning your day, directions to one of our attractions, or to one of our favorite local restaurants.

Featured Attractions

Orphanage Museum and Owatonna Arts Center

Spend an afternoon enjoying the historic campus of the Owatonna Arts Center, the Little Theatre of Owatonna, and City offices. Walk to the Orphanage Museum and learn more about the rich history of the State School that presided from 1886 to 1945. Owatonna Art Center exhibits a diverse group of works by local and regional artists and make sure to take a peek at the beautiful stained-glass windows that were salvaged from a local church. You can schedule a guided group tour or choose a self-guided visit, you will find history comes alive for visitors of all ages.

Medford Outlet Center

Medford Outlet Center features outlet, factory and clearance stores with great deals every day! You’ll discover stores like the Nike Clearance Store, Pendleton Wool Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Naturalizer Outlet, and Bath & Bodyworks Outlet! Additionally, wander through antiques, artisan accessories, unique kitchen gadgets and more. Grab a bite to eat at the Urban Finds & Bistro serving fresh foods, salads, desserts, wine & local craft beer. The outlet loves pets too! Enjoy the canine courtyard with a dog walking park or take a stroll through the prairie grasses. Complimentary water & waste container for our four-legged family visitors.

Medford Outlet Center

Medford Outlet Center features outlet, factory and clearance stores with great deals every day! You’ll discover stores like the Nike Clearance Store, Pendleton Wool Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Naturalizer Outlet, and Bath & Bodyworks Outlet! Additionally, wander through antiques, artisan accessories, unique kitchen gadgets and more. Grab a bite to eat at the Urban Finds & Bistro serving fresh foods, salads, desserts, wine & local craft beer. The outlet loves pets too! Enjoy the canine courtyard with a dog walking park or take a stroll through the prairie grasses. Complimentary water & waste container for our four-legged family visitors.

Wells Fargo Bank (formerly National Farmer's Bank)

The National Farmers’ Bank is a premier example of Prairie School Architecture and was named one of the “11 Can’t-Miss Stops on a Tour of America’s Hidden Architecture Gems”. The bank was designed in the early 1900s and became the first, and most famous of Louis Sullivan’s “jewel box” banks. The building features gold leaf arches, stained glass windows, murals and ornate chandeliers. Now an operating Wells Fargo, the bank is located across from Central Park in Historic Downtown.

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