How much do you know around Iron Range? If you asked "what's Iron Range" then you definitely need to visit the Minnesota Discovery Center!
The Minnesota Discovery Center is filled with exhibits - both permanent and temporary - that cover the history of the Iron Range, and everything that goes with it. It's all about the land, the mines, the people, and the work.
The center is also the LARGEST museum complex in the state outside of the Twin Cities - so very impressive!
Throughout the museum, kids can learn about a whole range of topics, from immigration, to open pit mining, to even the taconite process - all relating to the Iron Range period. They can learn all about the history of transportation, and schools and salons in the area, as well as geology! So much learning to be had!
There are outdoor exhibits where families can experience the landscape, including exploring an open pit mine, and even riding the trolley! These outdoor parks form a "living museum" where kids can interact with the story tellers, to really feel what it was like to like during this historic time!
Kids can go back even further in the Prehistoric Minnesota exhibit, where it showcases how the first Minnesotans lived as far back as 10,000 years! Through archaeology, they can read all about how artifacts tell us how people lived in the past, and even touch a replica bison skull that was uncovered in a nearby state park. Amazing!
The Minnesota Discovery Center also have fun Discovery Days where the family can hop on the trolley, get creative and connect even more with history.
Learning has never been so fun - so jump that trolley and let's explore history!
$5 (Ages 3 to 17)
5pm - 8pm Thursdays is FREE
2 years with a parent/guardian
Admission doesn't include the Trolley rides ($4 per person) and mini golf ($4 per round)
They offer discounted admission for organized school groups, so give them a call to book your time! It's a great way to explore history out side of the classroom
Make sure you stop in the Gift Shop! From merchandise, to local Minnesota items, to educational toys and even items for train enthusiasts, there will be something for you!
The museum AND trolley are handicap accessible, and wheelchairs are available upon request
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Closed Mondays year round, and Sundays Sept to late May
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