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Part of Winona History

Winona, Minn., is a cultural and historical treasure too few people know about, and the J.R... read more

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nostalgic Visit to Watkins Museum

Nicely perserved historic J.R. Watkins artifacts from the 150 years (1868-2018) in the museum... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Tim K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Winona, Minn., is a cultural and historical treasure too few people know about, and the J.R. Watkins Company has a history there that goes back to 1885. Its museum reflects this with old photos and products and other memorabilia. Watkins products are now found in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank moeneditor
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Nicely perserved historic J.R. Watkins artifacts from the 150 years (1868-2018) in the museum. Timeline of history shows the development of classic Watkins products - vanilla, pepper, creams, etc. Free admission with a nice gift shop of products for sale at the end of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tim K
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Before visiting the museum we visited the Watkins offices to see the stained glass and artwork. The mosaic work along the ceiling and the walls is stunning. Afterword we walked around the corned to the museum. The display cases feature products and advertisements throughout the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CaseyMo921
Reviewed 26 September 2018

This place is a must see, having grown up on these products I was amazed at the history that is on display there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Linda T
Reviewed 26 September 2018

the museum and store were great it was amazing to see the history of Watkins with al the product that was manufactured from the start to now..we were able to make purchases right there at the store as well which was nice

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank teddybearSudbury
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Since I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota where a Watkins salesman would stop by frequently, this was a special step back in time for me. Lots of memories of their wonderful products. Like cooking with Watkins Vanilla and soothing pains with their...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dllrschll
Reviewed 1 September 2018

My wife was very familiar with the Watson products, I realized after touring the museum that there were a few items I remembered too. There are many exhibits setup to allow you to follow the growth of the company from its beginning to the current...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NCPirate
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

The history and humble beginnings of this company is delightful. A women I know recounted how the Watkins man stopped by their farmhouse every 2 months to supply her mother with their wonderful products Times have changed but the philosophy of this company and their...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 805theresep
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Fun and free little museum that told the story of how this company got its start, where they had their experimental farm was located and the research they do for there products. The story as you walk through the museum is well laid out and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank beckyw934
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Some of our Road Scholar group chose to visit the museum at the end of a busy afternoon. We were tired, but had to stand to listen to the introduction to the Watkins office building. The Tiffany window above the door is lovely. We dashed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Stangene
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