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“pretty impressive for the area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ironworld

Ironworld
Chisholm, MN
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Ranked #4 of 4 things to do in Chisholm
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to the history and industry of iron-mining.
Duluth, Minnesota
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“pretty impressive for the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

this is basically the best thing around. It's worth seeing. If you're local w/ kids, though I'd pass...... why? Your kids will spend lots of birthday parties and school trips here. And unless there's a special event, it gets old fast. HOWEVER it's worth a day here, lots to see and do. Interactive for the little ones as well

Visited November 2012
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Hibbing, Minnesota, United States
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“So much stuff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Lots of history. You can't go wrong here. Make sure you have an entire day to walk around this museum. There is also mini golf

Visited March 2013
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grand rapids, mn
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“Kids and Family History & Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

They have a lot to do, see and learn at Ironworld. My Kids love the trolley ride and seeing how the older settlers and miners lived and worked. I love the ancestry/genealogy center. The place is full of history!

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Owatonna
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“Tour on a trolley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Ironworld is now Minnesota Discovery Center. A trolley tour takes you around the grounds with old equipment, a settlement and a great view of an abandoned mine. The center itself concerns itself with settlement life, iron mining and even geology.

Visited July 2012
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Virginia, Minnesota
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“Worth the trip...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I visited the Minnesota Discovery Center (previously known as and will forever be known as Ironworld to Iron Rangers) with my wife on a nice August afternoon. We started our visit with the optional Trolley ride down to Glen Location. This option costs an extra $2 per person, but defiantly makes the trip more interesting. The trolley ride is quick, but there is a half-hour stop at a former Location with a Depot, Bunk House, Boarding House, Location Home, and retired mining equipment. There are great interpretive signs in each of the dwellings and you can climb up into the old mining equipment. The last standing wooden water tower in Minnesota is also in this location. The ride had great views of old tailing ponds and the mountains of ore that are still present. The rest of the exhibit are very informative and really gives you a sense of how a lot of Minnesotans made a living and got through harder times. There were two temporary exhibits: Peanuts…Naturally and Grace Inspirations, which too gave a little Minnesota history. Defiantly take to time to check out all the outdoor exhibits which include a sod house, homestead, tepee, cabin, and Norwegian stabbur. Great three to four hours when you include the trolley. If you don’t have that much time, just take in the museum and grounds. It was only $5 for adult admission as of August 2011. Bring your walking shoes and sunblock in the summer.

Visited August 2011
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