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Minnesota Musem of Mining

Address: 701 W Lake Street, Chisholm, MN 55719
Phone Number: 218-254-5543
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Ranked #3 of 4 Attractions in Chisholm
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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357 reviews 357 reviews
81 attraction reviews
480 helpful votes 480 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We arrived here more by chance than design however I'm glad we did. The museum curator was an absolute gem, she was so enthusiastic and made us feel so welcome. Her knowledge of the area was very impressive and very much added to our enjoyment. There was a DVD showing which explained the whole end to end taconite process which... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Spent a couple hours here. Hodgepodge of stuff. Some of it is VERY interesting. Some of it makes you ask WHY. The steam shovel is a marvel. I tried to imagine working with this thing. Moves on crazy small crawler tracks. Enclosed boiler room with a small wood/coal box. A cast iron nightmare for the workers I am sure. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We had our company picnic here two years in a row. One of the original greyhound buses, turn of the last century mining equipment. Everything tastefully done.

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Northern Minnesota, USA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I stopped here a few weeks ago when I needed a break from driving. The outdoor exhibits were closed for the season. The inside exhibits were interesting and very interactive. It is a kid friendly place, but enough information on a variety of topics for adults to learn as well. There was a mining a section and geology section that... More 

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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Had a blast with the family, if you are into quiet museums and walking around with head fones than this is probably not for you, if you love hands on and a grteat education on the history and lifestyles of the mining area than this is it, you can climb on and experience most of the eqipment from trucks to... More 

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McIntosh, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I was pleasantly suprised when the staff said I could have my dog with us on the grounds, they only asked that I clean up any messes he made! The place was interesting for adults, and had so many hands on displays that my 7, 4, and 2 year olds were all engaged and had a blast!

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is an odd sort of museum. They have lots of really big old mining machines scattered across the grounds, and you can climb up on them if you want. They also have a wide assortment of other displays that may, or may not, have anything to do with mining! It is an interesting look at life in the Iron... More 

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Los Angeles
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

There's much to like about this all-encompassing museum dedicated to the Iron Range. But if you are looking for a simple, well-wound narrative experience, you won't get it here. This is more of a shotgun effect, where the exhibits fall more into an "everything under the sun" motif. There is some really neat stuff for kids here--farm equipment, train equipment,... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We ended up here by mistake -- it turns out there are 2 mining museums within a few miles and we intended to go to the other one. However... we did have a good time. The grounds are full of huge machines to climb on (very nice change from everything being roped off, but watch accident-prone little ones!). About 10... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are... More 

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