The Pälkäne museum society was founded in 1937, and the museum’s activities started not long after – the very next year – in a windmill in Onkkaala, in the centre of Pälkäne. In the 1930s, university graduate Runo Uotila gathered a noteworthy collection of rustic artefacts, which was to form the basis for the local history museum. A local history society called the Pälkäne Society was founded in 1948 to continue the work of the museum society.
The Windmill Museum, run by the Pälkäne Society, is next to the building occupied by the volunteer fire brigade. Its collection consists mostly of 19th-century rustic artefacts and other items related to the history of Pälkäne. At the same time, it displays the operation of a windmill. The museum is not recommended for people with reduced mobility. When in town, you can also visit the Salimäki museum collection of the Pälkäne Society, in the former Myttäälä school.