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ATTENTION VISITORS: We are using the Summer Entrance located in parking lot 1. 

COVID-19: The Minnesota Discovery Center continues to follow the recommendations of the CDC and State of Minnesota as it relates to COVID-19. At this time, masks and social distancing are still strongly encouraged. We are committed to help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our staff and community and we want to thank you for helping us.

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Welcome to the Minnesota Discovery Center! We're located in beautiful Chisholm, Minnesota, just three hours north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and one and a half hours north of Duluth.  Open year-round, we offer lots to see and do!

Redhead MTB Park - All trails in the park are open. 

Rustic Pig Food Court - Bands, Brews, & BBQ every Thursday 4pm-8pm June-August in the Rustic Pig Food Court. Additional hours for the Rustic Pig Food Court coming soon. 

Rustic Pig Food Trolley - Opening soon! Located infront of the Summer Admissions.

Miner's Daughter Gift Shop - OPEN. Lcoated in Summer Admissions. Tuesday-Sunday (see summer hours below). 30 West Bike Shop also inside Summer Admissions. 

Trolley Tours - OPEN. Take a ride on Minnesota's favorite historic trolley - 2022 Trolley Schedule. 

MDC Museum - OPEN - The Minnesota Discovery Center’s award-winning 33,000 sq. ft. museum is open Tuesday-Sunday during our regular winter hours. Social distancing and masks are required. 

The Iron Range Research Center (IRRC) - OPEN for in-person appointments. To contact the IRRC to make an appointment or if you have questions please call 218-254-7959 or email The IRRC will continue fulfilling online and remote requests per our website. Late Night in the Research Center once a month! 

19 Hole Mini-Golf Course – NOW OPEN. Mini Golf Costs.

Outdoor Exhibits - NOW OPEN. Come spread out and enjoy the Minnesota Discovery Center's gorgeous 660-acre historic campus featuring walking paths lined with outdoor exhibits the whole family can enjoy! 

Summer Museum/Campus Hours: (Now in effect)

*MDC Campus, Trolley, Mini-Golf NOW OPEN!

Tuesday: 9 am - 6 pm

Wednesday: 9 am - 6 pm

Thursday: 9 am -  9 pm

Friday: 9 am - 9 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm

Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm

Monday: CLOSED

2022 Iron Range Research Center Hours: 

Summer Hours: (Now in effect)

Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm 

Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

Winter Hours: 

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday and Monday: CLOSED


Minnesota Discovery Center
1005 Discovery Drive
Chisholm, MN  55719

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Local Accommodations

For information on area lodging and camping, contact the Iron Range Tourism Bureau at (800) 777-8497 or visit their website at

Special Needs & Accessibility

Our museum and trolley are handicap accessible. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to our guests upon request. Please call ahead or email us if you require special accommodations - and we'll be happy to help!