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Visiting the MN Discovery Center

Located on Highway 169 in Chisholm, the Minnesota Discovery Center is a fabulous place for visitors of all ages. Open all year round, the Discovery Center offers a unique mix of history and modernity to educate and delight visitors.


The MN Discovery Center

Research Center

The Minnesota Discovery Center’s Iron Range Research Center (referred to as IRRC) includes a vast array of resources for historical and genealogical research materials. It is subdivided into two main sections: a library of many volumes and archival records of old, unpublished collections.


The MN Discovery Center is home to a variety of incredible exhibits – some permanent, some temporary. Permanent exhibits include outdoor exhibits, the Emigrant Journey, Prehistoric Minnesota, Rag Rugs: Standing on Tradition, and one about the former governor of Minnesota, Rudy Perpich.


The Discovery Center holds a full calendar throughout the year. In the winter months, outdoor activities such as guided snowshoe tours are extremely popular, as well as a monthly Acoustic Cafe (held on the last Thursday of every month), which features great music and food.

On March 7, there will be a grand opening and reception held for the highly-applauded upcoming exhibit Out of the Shadows, the art collection of Rosalee Goddard Vogel.

In April, the annual Iron Range Science & Engineering Festival will bring in over a thousand participants; 7th grade student, their teachers, and professionals, gather to display and discuss experiments and projects relating to science.

Discovery Days

Every month, Family Discovery Days are a huge draw. Each month offers an entirely unique experience for family education and fun, from demonstrations and performances to tours and learning the ins and outs of genealogical research.

The next Family Discovery Day, “Adventures in Art,” will be held on March 7. Families will learn about the Rosalee Goddard Vogel exhibit an participate in artistic activities such as painting, sketching, printing, and collage.

When you’re looking for new, exciting activities on the Iron Range, be sure to remember Chisholm’s own Minnesota Discovery Center!

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