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Minnesota Discovery Center

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Address: 1005 Discovery Dr, Chisholm, MN 55719-1980
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+1 218-254-7959
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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For a small-town museum this was great

This museum has a lovely interior, with plenty of open space and natural light. The views from the rear are great too. We weren't expecting the variety of exhibits, and really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2016
Blacksburg, Virginia
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Merritt Island, Florida
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44 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Admittedly, we were there when they opened on a Thursday, so we wouldn't expect there too be a whole lot of traffic, but there was NONE. I don't think we passed another guest in our 2 hour visit. That felt weird... My first trip there was to the Iron Range Interperative Center on a school field trip the year it... More 

Thank floridafoodie2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Full accommodation of three 120+ person events with perfect meals and meeting facilitation! They know how to bring people together and be sure their needs are met.

Thank Joe S
Palmetto, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

As my husband and I have never travelled in Minnesota, this was a very informative stop. We learned so much about the immigrants, native people, mining, etc., etc. most of the exhibits are in the museum rather than outside. Be sure to watch the 35 minute documentary in the theater, if you have time. It is very helpful.

Thank Karen D
Blacksburg, Virginia
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147 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

This museum has a lovely interior, with plenty of open space and natural light. The views from the rear are great too. We weren't expecting the variety of exhibits, and really liked the section on immigrants. It helped us get both an individual perspective and a big-picture view of the role of immigration in shaping the midwest. We watched the... More 

Thank J D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

The research center has a plethora of sources for family research, is free, and has staffers ready to help find what you're looking for. Not only do they have microfilms of naturalization records, city directories, etc., but also accounts on ancestry.com and other sites, including Swedish church records and others. The only charge is for copies and printing. I plan... More 

Thank Curt C
Hilo, Hawaii
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399 reviews
153 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

This is an interesting place to learn about the Iron Range. The displays are good, modern and designed to inform and entertain. We especially enjoyed the Conservation Corp Camp display and how they lived, worked and developed the area in Minnesota. The Iron Man Statue is huge and impressive. It appears that there are many activities throughout the year but... More 

Thank Michael R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

What a treasure! I'd been hear years ago, when I think it was called "Ironworld". Fantastic interactive museum and research center; well-maintained, great historic content (Minnesota, immigrant, and Iron Range history). Worth a visit.

Thank finnbee
Chisholm, Minnesota
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Amphitheater shows and trolley ride are great and worth seeing and going on..... Trolley ride takes you to the past on the old locations of the area.

Thank wasyelky
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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532 reviews
283 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

We took the trolley ride after walking around the CCC exhibit, museum, and grounds. Everything is well taken care of, but there were not a lot of visitors on site the day we visited. Jim and Keith on the trolley were the highlight of our visit. They were very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed our visit, just wished more people... More 

Thank JesseWhite
Brainerd, Minnesota
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

Unimpressive place. There's a stream that looks nice... and not much else. Save your money and go to the local park instead. You'll see more.

Thank Sela M

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