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Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop

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Address: 332 and 333 Center Street, Mankato, MN
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+1 507-345-9777

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wonderful experience

Even if you aren't a fan of the children's books you will be impressed by the period furniture and the history of the home. I had seen the home once before and enjoyed seeing it... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Carole L
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

Even if you aren't a fan of the children's books you will be impressed by the period furniture and the history of the home. I had seen the home once before and enjoyed seeing it again.

Thank Carole L
Mankato, Minnesota
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Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

My family and I have visited this place before, and it has always been a learning and fun experience, but this was a special event: A Victorian Christmas. They had adults and children wearing Victorian costumes portraying the characters in Maud Hart Lovelace's children's book series. The houses were beautifully decorated for Christmas, and some girls were making popcorn garlands,... More 

Thank Enrique T
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

These homes are historically accurate and well-maintained. They would be the highlight of any fan's trip to Mankato (Deep Valley). There is a small admission fee to the homes, but the gift shop is free. Located in the historic area of Mankato known as Lincoln Park.

Thank 110kitty
Elbow Lake, Minnesota
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

I am huge fan of the Betsy, Tacy & Tib book series and loved visiting this charming house. It is a fairly small space but very charming. The people working at the house were extremely knowledgeable and kind. Wonderful selection of items in the gift shop.

Thank MGale25
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

We had arranged to have a private tour of the Betsy-Tacy houses and we hit the jackpot. Our guide, Kathryn, knew the author, Maud Hart Lovelace. She was able to context the books and compare the author's actual experiences to those of the characters in the books. The homes are authentically reproduced and provide a look into life at the... More 

Thank kls925
Cedar Falls
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Reviewed 10 August 2015

I've loved the Betsy-Tacy books since I was a young girl and have read and reread them many times. One of the places I've always wanted to go was Mankato to see where Betsy, Tacy, and Tib lived! The houses are restored to the way they were in the early 1900's. You can also see the bench where Betsy and... More 

Thank htsteacher
Mankato, Minnesota
2 reviews
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

Costumed characters brought it all to life. Plan to go back during their Deep Valley Homecoming June 26-30, 2015. There are supposed to be many things going on around the town during that time.

Thank Susan H
Mankato, Minnesota
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Friends who used to live in Mankato enjoyed the guided tour and stories of bringing the Tacy and Betsy homes back to life.

Thank KandM94
Northern Iowa
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

I loved the Betsy Tacy books as a girl and love them still. What a delight to see the houses where the real Betsy and Tacy lived. I am so thankful they have been preserved and maintained for all to see and enjoy.

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Reviewed 15 November 2012

It is actually 2 houses across the street from each other. They have a variety of activities scheduled throughout the year, depending on the season. Staff is knowledgeable and their gift shop has some interesting items. i would recommend reading at least one of the "Betsy and Tacy" books before visiting or the tour won't make much sense.

3 Thank Minnesotan_2

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