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Receive free admission to the Gibbs Museum and discounts on camps and ticked events by becoming a Ramsey County Historical Society member.
Call 651-222-0701 or email Membership@rchs.com to join or

Ramsey County Historical Society Special Thanks to:
 Walton's Hollow

for providing baby animals for visitors to enjoy during
Gibbs Museum Season.

We Bring the Farm to You - Click on the farmyard above to visit us!


Gibbs Museum Story

The story of the Gibbs Museum begins in 1833 near Batavia, New York.  Jane DeBow was taken by a missionary family traveling west to work among the Dakota around Fort Snelling.  Jane grew up in Minnesota and became familiar with the Dakota culture. 

Later, in Illinois, Jane met and married Heman Gibbs.  In 1849, the year Minnesota became a territory, the newlyweds came up the Mississippi River and bought 160 acres, the land on which the Gibbs farm house still stands.  At first, Jane and Heman lived in a  dugout sod house.  The remains of this soddy have been excavated.  Visitors  can see this excavation site and a replica sod house.

In 1854, Jane and Heman built a larger cabin.  With a growing family, additions to the farm house were made in 1867 and 1873.  A trail leading from the Lake Calhoun area to the northern rice lakes crossed the Gibbs farm.  Jane renewed her friendship with the local Dakota who would stop to visit her on their way to gather wild rice.

Today visitors can tour the Gibbs family farm house.  The Dakota style tipi and replica bark lodge allow 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.


Youth Intern Program at Gibbs Museum
Click here for Youth Intern Facts Sheet
Click here to register for Youth Intern Program

Flexible schedule available; contact Terry Swanson, Gibbs Program Coordinator:
 gibbs@rchs.com; 651-646-8629.

Please note that these are seasonal.
The Gibbs Museum is open May-October.
Please see our Gibbs Information page or our Calendar of Events for more information.


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Gibbs Museum

of Pioneer and Dakotah Life

Gibbs Museum farmhouse in the snow

Our Mission
"The Ramsey County Historical Society inspires current and future generations to learn from
and value their history by engaging in a diverse program of presenting, publishing and preserving." 

The place for St. Paul & Ramsey County, Minnesota history.
Ramsey County Historical Society programs include a research center, St. Paul & Ramsey County MN history magazine, 
historical exhibits, historic site attraction the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life.

323 Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102    
Phone: (651) 222-0701, Fax: (651) 223-8539

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