Visit Winona

2019 Great Dakota Gathering

The Winona Dakota Unity Alliance’s (WDUA) Great Dakota Gathering is unlike any other Powwow around. Enlightening, energizing, invigorating, and powerfully moving, the Great Dakota Gathering invites Native American families and descendants of settlers together to explore Native American culture, celebrate friendships, have fun together, nurture reconciliation, and enjoy the meaningful and energizing tradition of dancing. The event includes a Grand Entry Dance by talented Native American dancers, a learning tent where youngsters can explore Native American culture, games and activities for kids to have fun together and build friendships, a unity feast, Sunrise and other ceremonies, and a talk circle in which a focus for the day is introduced along with historical background and participants are invited to join in honest heartfelt discussion.


Winona Visitor Center

Visitor’s Guide

924 Huff St, Winona, MN 55987

Merchants Bank (features original 1912 Prairie School architecture)

Winona National Bank (Arts & Crafts architecture with Tiffany windows)


Winona History Center

The Winona County Historical Society is a private non-profit educational institution, and our mission is to be dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of materials that document the history of Winona County. The Society currently has over 1400 members and 60 active business supporters. The Society operates three museums. The Winona County History Center in downtown Winona houses the main museum facility, Laird Lucas Library and Archives, Society offices and program and event spaces. The Bunnell House is located in Homer and the Rural Heritage Museum is on the Winona County Fairgrounds in Saint Charles. 

The Winona County Historical Society was founded in June 1935 at a meeting of interested citizens in the Winona County Courthouse. The first president was William Codman, a local attorney and amateur historian. The first secretary was Mildred Sebo, a local 4-H leader in the county. The year before, Mildred organized a Winona County historical pageant in Whitewater State Park that was very successful, and it was from that event the idea of starting the Society emerged.

160 Johnson St, Winona, MN 55987


Minnesota Marine Art Museum


The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is an art museum in Winona, Minnesota, United States, specializing in marine art. The MMAM features five galleries of world-class art and artifacts including impressionism and Hudson River School paintings, marine art, folk art sculptures and traveling exhibits.

800 Riverview Dr, Winona, MN 55987


Polish Cultural Institute: Heritage House and Morrison Annex

Immediately next to the Museum Building is the former Schulz House, which is currently being renovated to serve as a Heritage House for Winona’s Polish community. It features the décor of a Polish house of 100 years ago and currently has facilities for small group conferences.

The second building east of the Museum, the Don and Marianne Morrison Museum Annex, offers a large hall for banquets, concerts, dances, and other functions. Two impressive wall murals depict Winona’s Kashubian Polish heritage. The Annex is named in honor of Don and Marianne Morrison, whose volunteer efforts were instrumental in the establishment of the Polish Museum. 

102 Liberty St, Winona, MN 55987