Minnesota Discovery Center

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Rates

  • General: adults $9.00, seniors/military $8.00; students 3-17 $5, children 2 & under free. Trolley is $4.00 per person; mini-golf is $4.00 per person. Admission is free Thursday from 5 p.m. to close.

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  • Located in Chisholm on Hwy 169.

Other Date Information

  • Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday in Winter (Sept 8th - May 27th). Open Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the Summer (May 28th - Sept 4th)

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  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Native American Heritage
  • Scandinavian Heritage

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Events

  1. “Enough! The 1916 Mesabi Range Strike” Exhibit

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959

    During the summer of 1916, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) coordinated a strike of iron ore miners on the Mesabi Iron Range. The strikers fought for higher wages, an eight-hour workday, and workplace reform. Although the strike failed, it was one of the largest labor conflicts in Minnesota history.*

    View images from this historic event, and learn more about why and how the strike occurred in this Minnesota Discovery Center exhibit that has been in the works for more than a year.

    Join the reception on November 10th from 6-8 pm with a special guest speaker, and visit the exhibit during normal museum hours. throughout the year.

    Minnesota Discovery Center is the Museum of the Iron Range, exploring the land, the people, the work and the mines of the area through exhibits, events and special activities.

  2. Crescendo Youth Orchestra Concert

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    After a weeklong Youth String Camp, they show off their skills with a concert! Come support these wonderful youth at a free concert.

  3. Dragons and Damsels!

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Join us as we hunt for dragonflies and damselflies on the grounds of Minnesota Discovery Center! Learn about these fascinating insects. Nets are provided. Minnesota Discovery Center is the Museum of the Iron Range, celebrating the land, the people, the mines and the work of the region through exhibits, events, and activities for all ages. EVERY OTHER Thursday.

  4. Family Discovery Day: Let's Grow

    Family Discovery Day: Let's Grow

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Celebrate summer with us! Come learn about how plants live and what they need to grow. Find out what is happening underground before a seedling pokes its leaves above the surface. Plant a seed in a cup to take home, examine different types of soil with a microscope, and make a tissue paper flower to brighten up someone's day. See some photos of historic gardens on the Iron Range and learn why they were so important.

  5. Iron Man Car Show

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Classic cars and trucks of all classes line the paths of Heritage Park at Minnesota Discovery Center. Enjoy 50s and 60s music, plus food, drink and museum exhibits.

  6. Murder Mystery Dinner

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Check-in and social hour will start at 5pm. Act I begins at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 7:30pm.

    It’s 1920 and you are a passenger on the Iron Range Express. During the evening, one of the passengers is MURDERED! Listen carefully, investigate and observe the crime scene and take notes. We need your help to catch the crook! Either play a part or watch from the side.

    Fee: $45 per member, $55 per non-member



    Cash bar will be available and dinner provided.

    Pre-paid reservations are required! So save your spot by calling us at 218-254-7959!

    No reservations will be taken after Friday, May 26th!

    NO REFUNDS will be issued unless the Minnesota Discovery Center cancels the event.

  7. Museum Concert Series

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Join us for concerts at 6pm on Thursday evenings this summer with these other touring bands:

    July 6th – Reina del Cid

    August 24th – The Cactus Blossoms

    September 21st – Ben Kyle

    More information to follow



    Tickets at the door: $9 adults, $5 youth

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  8. Museum Summer Concert Series: The Pines

    Museum Summer Concert Series: The Pines

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-1223

    Museum Summer Concert Series

    There is something new happening on the Iron Range! We are excited to announce the kick-off of our Museum Summer Concert Series with The Pines and Keith Secola as supporting act on June 22 at 6pm.

    Called “quietly gripping” by legendary rock journalist David Fricke (Rolling Stone), Minneapolis-based The Pines sound like a Brian Eno for the Great Plains. Their native Midwest is their muse, and their songs explore the vast expanses around and above them, exploring the isolated farms and small towns of the plains and the array of stars that dot the night sky. With Above the Prairie, the trio of David Huckfelt and brothers Benson and Alex Ramsey have crafted their most expansive album to date, melding their lush, layered sound with vivid, imagistic lyrics that celebrate the landscapes and history that gave birth to it.

    "simply and eloquently stated sonic poetry...the real deal." -Acoustic Guitar


    Check out The Pines at:

    “Aerial Ocean” - https://soundcloud.com/red-house-records/the-pines-aerial-ocean

    Video for “There in Spirit” - Paste Magazine session https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVoB_m55LNk

    The Pines website - http://thepinesmusic.com/

    The Pines are with Red House Records - https://www.redhouserecords.com/artists/pines

    Keith Secola, supporting act for The Pines - http://www.secola.com/


    Join us for concerts at 6pm on Thursday evenings this summer with these other touring bands:

    July 6th – Reina del Cid

    August 24th – The Cactus Blossoms

    September 21st – Ben Kyle

    More information to follow


    Tickets at the door: $9 adults, $5 youth

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

  9. Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra Presents

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Join us for this free concert at Minnesota Discovery Center, as members of your communities come together in music. the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra is a summer orchestra made of all ages, including adult amateur and professional musicians, members of college and high school music programs, and performers who are also members of the Mesabi Symphony and Duluth-Superior Symphony orchestras.

  10. Voices Cast Upon the Sea: Minnesota’s Titanic Passengers

    1005 Discovery Dr.
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    Call: (218) 254-7959
    Toll Free: (800) 372-6437

    Christopher Welter, archivist at Minnesota Discovery Center’s Iron Range Research Center, will give a presentation based upon his original research. Using a slideshow, he will summarize the collective experiences of dozens of passengers with ties to Minnesota. He will also highlight a couple Iron Rangers–including a single male miner from Virginia with a dubious survival story, as well as an elderly widowed mother traveling to Hibbing to be reunited with her adult sons for the first time in more than a decade!

    Admission is free.

    Minnesota Discovery Center is the museum of the Iron Range, celebrating the land, the work, the people and the mines of the region through exhibits, events and activities for all ages.

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 3,000
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 200
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 7
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 5,000
  • Exhibit Space (sq ft): 20,000
  • Catering Available
  • On-site Catering Required
  • Commercial Air Service Nearby

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