The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center features over 500 acres of hardwoods, pines, restored prairie, creeks, ponds, and miles of trails.  Canoe and ski rentals are available seasonally.  The interpretive center provides hands on activities and year round naturalist staff programs.

Established 1853, Incorporated 1856

County Seat of Mower County

Area: 11.9 square miles (11.79 sq. miles land, .11 sq. miles water)

Population: 24,563 (2015 est) or 24,718 (2010 cenus)

Average Temperature: 44.1 F

Hottest Month: July

Average High Temperature: 53.8 F

Coldest Month: January

Average Low Temperature: 34.4 F

Average Annual Precipitation: 34.52 inches

Average Annual Snowfall: 38.7 inches

Elevation: 1,184 ft (360 m)

Longitude: -92.9739, Latitude: 43.6542

The Mower County Historical Society has 16 buildings & 11 outdoor themed exhibits such as fireman's museum, transportation through the years, a Milwaukee railroad junction, an extensive research library, the William Tyler circus and the new WWII exhibit.

View over 80 bikes includiing the 1868 "Boneshaker" along with units up to most current styles.

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This amazing museum features audio & video displays that depict the rich history of the Hormel Foods Corporation.  The tour is educational, interactive, and fun for all ages.

museum hours

April - November

  • Monday-Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM to 5 PM

December - March

  • Tuesday-Sunday: 12 PM to 5 PM
  • Monday: Closed

The Austin ArtWorks facility provides visitors a place to learn and create art.  Experience the Clay Cavern, enjoy year round classes or browse through the gallery.

SHOP hours

November - March

  • Monday-Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM to 5 PM

April - October

  • Monday-Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday: 11 AM to 6 PM

CLOSED: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day


The Hormel Institute is a world renowned cancer research facility with a focus on cancer prevention through food derivatives.  Open for prescheduled group tours.

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The Hormel Historic Home is a 14-room home, built in 1871 was the residence of the Hormel Family from 1901-1926.  View the Tiffany light fixtures, Greek marble fireplace, stained glass windows and decorative woodwork.

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