Arts, History, & Culture
Run by a joint effort between the Cokato Historical Society and City of Cokato, the Cokato Museum actively collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Cokato and the surrounding townships. A family-friendly and admission free location, the Cokato Museum features a number of fascinating exhibits and provides entertaining programs. The museum can also assist with research and genealogy requests. Be sure to ask for a tour of the Akerlund Studio!
Moved to its current location on Broadway in 1905 by its main proprietor August (Gust) Akerlund, the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio is on the National Register of Historic Places. The award-winning site is fully restored and includes Akerlund's original furnishings, cameras, equipment, negative collection, and a 12-foot skylight. It is the only studio of its kind in the Upper Midwest and possibly one of the few left in the entire nation. Learn more about Akerlund by visiting the Cokato Museum’s web site or stop in at the museum and ask for a tour!
Cokato Finnish American Historical Society
The purpose of the Cokato Finnish American Historical Society is to preserve the history of the Finnish pioneers and others who settled in this area of Wright County. The society is a self supporting non profit organization. The society holds many educational and social events during the year.