Whether looking for performing or visual arts or local history, Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County are rich with offerings.
Fergus Falls has a fantastic performing arts theater, A Center For the Arts. It is a gem to our community and provides year-round music, dance, theatre, and visual arts programs. From big names like Leon Redbone and Moore by Four, to local favorites and community theater, A Center for the Arts offers variety and excellence.
The Otter Tail County Historical Museum is recognized as one of the best local history museums in Minnesota. From authentically recreated dioramas and period rooms to creative hands-on activities, the museum is a unique cultural and educational resource in Otter Tail County.
A unique, very picturesque spot in the country is Phelps Mill. Old Phelps Mill played a proud role in the development of agricultural history in Otter Tail County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Lakes Region Arts Council, and Kaddatz Art Gallery in Fergus Falls offer great visual arts opportunities. Rotating exhibits, gallery crawls and festivals provide great “eye candy” for sophisticated art lovers and the novice alike. New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is worth a trip to the northeastern part of Otter Tail County. Visit the In Their Own Words Veteran's Museum in Perham on your way.
The Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center (RTC) Complex is a unique landmark in the City of Fergus Falls. It served for many years as a state hospital for the insane, at one time housing 2,000 patients. In the decades following its opening on July 31, 1890, the State Hospital dominated the cultural and economic landscape of the area. The building was designed as a single unit and followed the architectural concepts of Dr. Thomas Kirkbride, a 19th century Pennsylvania physician and pioneer in the mental health field. This complex was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
The City of Fergus Falls is working with a developer on a future project. Tours are not allowed until an assessment of possible harmful mold is completed in the summer of 2016.