Minnesota Discovery Center

Minnesota’s museum of the Iron Range explores the land, the people and the mines of the region through illuminating indoor and outdoor exhibits and events. Ride the vintage trolley to a mining ghost town, and play mini-golf on the mining-themed course. There’s something for all ages, year-round. Call 218.254.7959 for more information, or visit the museum online here.

Hours & Rates

Minnesota Discovery Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Sunday hours are Noon-5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. Labor Day  to Memorial Day hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for ages 3-17 and free to children 2 and under. Trolley tickets are $4 per person. Mini-golf is $4 per round. Members receive discounted rates. Admission is free every Thursday, 3-8 p.m.

Trolley Schedule

Minnesota Discovery Center overlooks the reclaimed Glen and Godfrey mines, offering great views deep into the mine lakes. The trolley tracks skirt these mine pits, and lead to a former mining community, or “location,” with restored buildings, including a homestead, boarding house and bunk house.

The trolley schedule, May 28-Sept 4 is:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Thurday, 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2 p.m.
Summer Fun

This summer at Minnesota Discovery Center, take advantage of all kinds of new fun, including the Trails and Tales Naturalist Program. At the admissions desk, ask to sign out a backpack and an age-specific naturalist booklet. Find activities, tools and supplies to help kids and families discover interesting and unique information about northern Minnesota. When you’re done, hand in the backpack, and keep the booklet!

Be sure to visit the events page of this website for more on events and special activities at Minnesota Discovery Center!