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A historic museum near Wabasha closes its doors

NEAR WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) -- When you think of Wabasha, perhaps the movie "Grumpy Old Men" first comes to mind, or maybe the gorgeous views of the winding Mighty Mississippi. But there's much more to be found in Wabasha, including an historic and hidden treasure off the beaten path,  known as The Arrowhead Bluffs Museum. Soon however, it will be a thing of the past.

For the past 26 years the Behrns family has owned and operated the Arrowhead Bluffs Museum. They told me that over the last decade attendance has slowly declined for that reason, among others, they've decided to close their doors. 

Hidden back in the trees near the beautiful bluffs and Mississippi River, lies a diamond in the rough, the Arrowhead Bluffs Museum.  It first opened its doors in the 1980's. From antiques, to fishing lures and even big game killed by Les Behrns and his son, John, they've acquired a lot of precious items over the last 26 years, but it's time for 76-year old Les, to take a different path.

"Like I said, it ain't fun anymore. I don't want to be tied down like I was," stated Les.

It's not only that, but Les said things have changed.

"Back when we started it was a whole different society to speak. We used to have all the riverboat people come here, all the schools and buses and we don't have that anymore," explained Les.

Something he said is a shame, especially when it comes to education.

"We use to have a lot of fun with schools, kids would come and they'd have a lot of questions and now we don't have any schools at all anymore. The kids are just, it's a whole different the culture, the kids just aren't interested in history anymore," stated Les.

At the end of October the museum will send many of its items to auction. A few pieces of John's collection will stay at the museum. He said he'll open the shops door, but by appointment only.

There's still time to check it out. The museum will be open seven days a week through October.

 

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