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Minnesota Discovery Center

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Address: 1005 Discovery Dr, Chisholm, MN 55719-1980
Phone Number: (218) 254-7959
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
Blacksburg, Virginia

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 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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138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 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
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you want an overall view of mining, this is a great place to visit. A few tips: * If you are entertained by quick YouTube videos, then you should probably not watch the movie offered at the Discovery Center, as the movie is very long. * If you go on the train ride, bring some water along with you.... More 

Thank oakdale6884
Maui, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

As you drive up to the Discovery Center it looks like a 'normal' size museum from the outside. Little do you know that this only the reception area. The facility covers many acres and many buildings, and outdoor exhibits along with a miniature gold course. Take the kids for lots of interactive and hands on exhibits. Excellent place to learn... More 

Thank RE M

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