Previous Exhibits:

1914-2014: Sacred Heart Chapel, God's Home Among Us

Lighting the Torch: The College of Saint Benedict, 1913-1961

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the College of Saint Benedict founding in 1913, this exhibit in 2012 and 2013 portrayed the key Sisters who shaped the College during its first 50 years.

Resounding Joy: Our Music Heritage

Music plays a major role in shaping the spirituality of Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn., as well as the liturgical life of the Catholic Church in many parishes. From earliest days, musicians went out from the monastery to teach music and support liturgy. In fact, the revenue from private music lessons often supported the Sisters on their missions, where they received minimal stipends for their work in Catholic schools and parishes. The Sisters were also deeply involved in both the revival of the chant tradition during the Liturgical Movement and the resurgence of contemporary hymn writing and composing that followed Vatican II. This 2011 exhibit included an interactive listening station and a variety of artifacts, including early organs brought across the frontier and other instruments.

We had a chance to preview the exhibit with Sister Moira Wild, museum director, and make the following videos related to the exhibit.

Mother Willibalda: Our Music Origins

Teaching Music in Parishes and Schools

The Gertken Sisters

The Sisters of the CSB Music Department

To read stories submitted by Oblates and friends of the monastery who took music lessons with the Sisters, click here.

We hope you had a chance to visit the museum this past year to see all the instruments, music manuscripts, photos and more on display, and hear samples of the Sisters' music over the decades!

Past Exhibitions

The museum is home to nearly 4,000 artifacts, dating back to 1857, which document the lives and ministries of the Sisters of Saint Benedict. Exhibits capture and portray the strong cultural, social and religious influence the Benedictine Sisters have had in their ministries locally, statewide, nationally and internationally, both past and present.

Since the museum’s opening in 2000, there have been 10 exhibits, including

  • Sustainability at the monastery
  • The history of the monastery since the Sisters’ arrival in Minnesota in 1857
  • Liturgical vestments and needlework of the Sisters (four-rotating exhibits)
  • Saint Benedict’s Academy and the College of Saint Benedict, both of which the Sisters founded
  • American Indian cultures of northern Minnesota reservations of Red Lake, White Earth and Mille Lacs, where the Sisters have lived and worked since the 1880s
  • The work of Sister Inez Hilger, OSB, renowned anthropologist


View Highlights from Past Exhibits

2010: Mission to China and Taiwan: 1930-2010


2009: By the Work of Our Hands


2008: Insight and Access into the Divine: Experiencing the Holy through the Visual


2007: Fired by Faith, Heartened by Hope