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Address: 106 Old Highway 61 N, Hinckley, MN 55037-8354
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10:00 - 17:00
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Museum dedicated to informing visitors about the fatal fire and tornado...

Museum dedicated to informing visitors about the fatal fire and tornado that claimed the lives of more than 400 people in Hinckley, Minn.

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Interesting museum about a little-known disaster

Excellent little museum, relatively well curated, with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff/volunteers. Be sure not to miss the short film, and the little relief house in the... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
Washington, DC
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Washington, DC
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Excellent little museum, relatively well curated, with knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff/volunteers. Be sure not to miss the short film, and the little relief house in the parking lot.

Thank katydog
Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Telegraph operator at the railroad station, Thomas Dunn, waited for orders that never came. He was just one of many who perished that September day in 1894. In just about 4 hours the fire destroyed several towns in an area covering 480 square miles. The human death toll of 418 is actually much higher because there was no way to... More 

Thank pskruse
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

I first went here when I was 7 years old, but I don't remember much about it, This museum does a wonderful job explaining one of the most tragic events in Minnesota history. The displays of artifacts found with those who were living in the town at the time of fire are truly amazing.

Thank MNgirl3309
Winona, Mississippi
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Almost everyone knows about the Chicago fire: Mrs. O'Leary's cow supposedly kick over a lantern that resulted the two day Chicago fire. The Hinckley museum has got that beat. The fire museum in Hinckley is in many ways typical of a lot of Midwest museums: Day to day rusting and fading artifacts stuffed in period rooms. What makes this museum... More 

1 Thank Richard C
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

We visited the Hinkley fire museum and found that the facility, descriptive video, and exhibits transported us in our imagination back in time to what must have been a panic filled community suffering through an unimaginable tragedy. The building condition has been preserved in its original state exceptionally well. Anyone who is in the least bit interested in history must... More 

Thank Tracy E
Hastings, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Interesting displays, This is a must see if in the area and of interest to all ages. Artifacts, photos, and a good film to watch.

Thank Revwarnut
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Packed with full background information on how the great firestorm began, the extent of the damage, loss of life and village homes. I had no idea how high the flames went and how far away people saw the flames. Suppirt for people to rebuild came from all over the world. The rebuild train depot was constructed according to original plans.... More 

1 Thank TheRealZena
Madison, Wisconsin
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161 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Immediately, when we entered, we were greeted by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic museum guide. She explained about the cause and effect of the fire and the time in which it took place. We then looked at a few displays until the movie started in another room. The film visually and dramatically covered some of the same aspects that were... More 

Thank 2seniors53
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Absolutely loved it. From the artifacts to the story telling to the informative, friendly staff, this place is great. Tells the story of the Hinckley Fire in a respectful, moving way.

Thank Jane T
Hibbing, MN
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

My husband and I Loved it. Very informative and the information was set up so nice and in great order and the items on display were very cool. I didn't know about the fire and I learned so much ad how bad the fire was by going here. I would recommend for anyone.

Thank Cabella8

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