Previous Exhibits:

Church, Community, Creativity: Testimony of Courage and Hope through the Prism of Latin American Women

The 2015 exhibit was a collaborative display featuring the work of Benedictine Sisters in Brazil and Chile, along with a collection of creative textiles from art cooperatives in Peru.

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

The 2014 exhibit at the Haehn Museum told the 100-year story of the Sacred Heart Chapel. Learn about the joys, challenges and changes of those years.

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., and the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. From earliest days, the monastery sent musicians to teach music and support liturgy. This 2011 exhibit included an interactive listening station and musical artifacts.

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

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

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