Gibbs Farm: Pathways to Dakota & Pioneer Life

2097 Larpenteur Avenue West, Saint Paul , MN 55113 - United States



Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm

Visitors can tour the original Gibbs family farmstead, learn about pioneer and Dakota life in the 1800's, and interact with costumed interpreters. The original farmhouse, a replica of the original sod house, and replica animal pens, with original and replica artifacts and furniture, can be toured. Dakota style tipi and replica bark lodge allows visitors to explore the traditional life-ways of the Dakota. Visitors can observe a native prairie, a Dakota medicine garden, and traditional Dakota and pioneer crop gardens.

Visitors also will find the original white barn built by the Gibbs family in 1910 and the red barn, designed by prominent architect Edwin Lundie. The Stoen School, built in the 1880s, was moved from Chippewa County, Minnesota in 1966. The schoolhouse is furnished with wooden school desks, slate boards, McGuffey's Readers, a pump organ, and a working school bell.


- Candle dipping: dip a beeswax candle in the traditional way

- Tours with costumed interpreters

- Farm animals, gardens, restored prairie and more!

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