Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2015

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. If you plan a Laura trip before they open, make sure you call ahead. The homesite museums that are not fully open, may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see.

Little House on the Prairie Museum Site

Little House on the Prairie Museum Site


Pepin, WI – Opens May 15, 2015

Independence, KS – Opened April 3, 2015

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum opened April 1, 2015. Dugout Site not open until May. The date is dependent on weather conditions, if there is still snow or if it’s flooded it won’t open as early. Call ahead and check.

Burr Oak, IA – Opened May 1, MonSat 10-4 and Sun 12-4 through May. Hours change with
Memorial Day.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – Open in April Mon.-Fri. 9am-4pm, in May Mon.-Sat. 9am-4pm, June-August 9am-5:30pm

Ingalls Homestead – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May  23, 2015 for regular 9am -7pm every day with activities from 10am -6pm  schedule. They are hosting school visits M-F beginning April 29.  Visitors are welcome to join up with a school group, but should call or email first to get specific times as they vary daily.  800-776-3594 –

Mansfield, MO –
Opened March 1st, 2015

Malone, NY
Open Sat., May 23, 2015 – The official season is May 23-Sept. 30, but in order to accommodate out-of-state visitors, they accept early tours by appointment beginning on May 11. Similarly, post-season tours can be arranged in October. Advance appointments depend on tour guide availability. Minimum admission for non-open season tours is $25. Please call or email to schedule, and give the Homestead two weeks’ notice so we can schedule our volunteer guides. After May 23rd, hours are Monday – Saturday, 10-4 and Sunday noon-4. Last tour each days begins at 3 p.m.

Spring Valley, MN
Regular hours on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 23, 2015.

Keystone, SD – Opens June 1, 2015

Vinton, IA – Since they are kind of in a different situation, being part of an institution that has to be open all year. They don’t have stated open hours, but will gladly give a tour by appointment. Pat Barr wrote “We  will give a tour any day Monday through Friday. They may call Justin Ruegg at 319-472-5221, Extension 1226 or myself at 319-472-5221, Extension 1110.”

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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