Outdoor exhibits at the Minnesota Discover Center give you an opportunity to experience the landscape, view an open pit mine, or walk through historic structures that take you back in time. The outdoor park also forms a “living museum” where visitors can experience and interact with live story tellers.
Use our self-guided tour guide to explore the place and its history:
- Northwoods Cabin: Buildings like this one dotted the landscape of northeastern Minnesota from the late 1890s through the 1930s. The inhabitants of these cabins were often bachelors who lived an independent and solitary life. Many worked the logging camps during the winter months and also hired themselves out as guides for fishing, hunting, and trapping.
- Homestead: The promise of free land and a new life lured many immigrant pioneers to the northwoods. Faced with extreme elements, disease, and isolation, these homesteaders had no choice but to be self-sufficient. They cut trees to build their homes and cleared land for crops; hunted, made anything they needed, and gardened for food.
- Stabbur and Goahti: Take a look at what life was like for the early Northern Scandinavian immigrants, the Sami.