Minnesota Discovery Center

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  • 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)

Green Practices

  • 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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  1. Christmas Dinner

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

    Christmas Dinner

    Wednesday, December 20th from 4:00-8:00pm

    Join us for a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings prepared by our Executive Chef, Mitch Kerfeld. We will have a cash bar available.

    Fee: $16.95 per Adult, $7.25 per kid ages 4-12, kids 3 and under eat free with paid adult (price does not include tax).

    Pre-paid reservations required by December 15th. Please call 218-254-7959 to reserve your spot!

    The Feast:
    Dinner Rolls with Butter
    Garden Salad with 2 Dressings
    Broccoli Salad
    Deviled Eggs
    Bruschetta with Grilled Crostini’s
    Honey Garlic Roasted Parsnips and Carrots
    Maple Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts
    Loaded Mashed Potatoes
    Wild Rice Hot Dish
    Glazed Ham
    Braised Brisket with Red Wine Sauce and Prunes

    The Dessert:
    Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
    Warm Apple Cobbler with Sea Salt Caramel Sauce
    Eggnog Cookies

    Watch our website for upcoming holiday dinners!

  2. Family Discovery Day: Wild Weather

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

    Weather can make us linger outside, run for cover, or stare in amazement at the sky. It's all around us every day. Carol Christenson, an experienced meteorologist from the National Weather Service will be at the MN Discovery Center to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about weather, forecasting and disaster preparedness. Take a look at why flooding happens with a hands-on table top flood model, discover why some clouds look puffy and others flat or wispy, make a favorite weather collage, and more.

  3. Genealogy Genie

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

    Genealogy Genie

    Our Research Center and Archives has an abundance of materials and resources for you to use. Our Archivist, Christopher Welter, is here to help you utilize these resources effectively and efficiently.

    The topic will be how to use the IRRC archives

    What is an archives?
    How can I use this archives?
    Am I able to find a specific family member?
    Can I get copies of specific items?
    Each class is FREE to the public and will last about an hour.

  4. Let's Make Lefse

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

    Let's Make Lefse

    Thursday, December 21st at 6:00pm

    What is lefse?
    Lefse is a soft, Norwegian flatbread made from potatoes and flour, mixed with cream. Traditional lefse is made with leftover potatoes and flour. Some current variations of lefse is made out of flour, and milk or cream (or sometimes lard), and cooked on a griddle.

    Starting at 6:00pm, our very own Mara Brownlee will be demonstrating how to make this Norwegian delicacy. This will be a hands on demonstration where everyone will get to experience the preparation at the three different stations:
    * Measuring the Dough
    * Rolling out the Dough
    * Cooking the Dough
    Since the recipe requires the dough to rest overnight, we will not be preparing the dough in house. Mara will have the dough premade. As a participant, you will get the recipe so you can make your own dough at home.

    How much for this class?

    How can I sign up for this class?
    Pre-paid reservations are required. Please call 218-254-7959 to sign up today! Maximum of 12 people

    Please bring an apron! We will be playing with a lot of flour and things are sure to get white

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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