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. “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. Education Garden Series

    Education Garden Series

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

    Thursday, May 11th from 6-8pm with presenter Carol Borich.

    Join us as Carol, master gardener, presents on the nuts and bolts of gardening. She will give you tips and techniques on weeding, mention good and bad insects and do some demonstrating.

    Free and open to the public!

    This program is supported by the University of Minnesota Extension’s Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership.

    Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership makes a difference by combining citizen leadership with the research and educational resources of the University of Minnesota to foster long-term sustainability in the northeast region of Minnesota. For more information about NMSDP visit http://www.extension.umn.edu/rsdp/northeast/about/ or contact Dr. Okey Ukaga at ukaga001@umn.edu

  3. Family Discovery Day: Into Outer Space

    Family Discovery Day: Into Outer Space

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

    Celebrate National Astronomy Day at the Minnesota Discovery Center!
    Meet members from the Range Astronomy Club, play an astronomy trivia game, learn about the solar system, make a traditional Finnish paper star, see a real astronaut suit from NASA on display, and try on an astronaut helmet. If there is a clear sky, the Range Astronomy Club will be setting up telescopes for safe viewing of the sun with a sun filter, and for daytime viewing of the moon.

    There will be a special half hour presentation about backyard astronomy by Range Astronomy Club member Dale Kentoph at 1:30pm.

  4. 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.

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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