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The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) is open to the public as of January 12th. Hours of operation include: Monday (CLOSED), Tuesday (10am-5pm), Wednesday (10am-5pm), Thursday (10am-8pm), Friday (10am-5pm), Saturday (10am-5pm), Sunday (CLOSED). We are also accepting facility rental inquires for 2021. Additionally, we are now offering snowshoe rentals at Winter Admissions and we will be offering private guided snowshoe tours (up to 10 people) sometime in February. Film Workshops are also anticipated to being again in late-February early-March. The MDC Winter Recreation Team is working hard to open up Redhead Mountain Bike Park in February, allowing fat-biking and snowshoeing on designated trails. Stay tuned for updates or give us a call if you have a question - 218-254-7959.

Redhead Mountain Bike Park (CURRENTLY CLOSED) - Redhead Mountain Bike Park, located at the Minnesota Discovery Center in beautiful Chisholm, is currently CLOSED to the public until late-Spring. Please stay tuned to the Redhead MTB Park Facebook and Instagram pages for updates regarding park opening. 

The first 23+ miles of world-class public trails!  EXTRA NOTE - MILES OF NEW TRAILS OPENING SPRING 2021 - The Rim Trails (North & South), The Zen Trail, and Tough Mama!

Summer/Winter Admissions and Redhead MTB Park Trailhead - MDC's Summer/Winter Entrance will act as the new trailhead facility and will be open to the public during our regular summer hours.

Rustic Pig Food Court & Restaurant - The Rustic Pig Food Court is closed for the summer. Currently, we are working toward reopening The Rustic Pig Restaurant. Please stay tuned for updates. 

Miner's Daughter Gift Shop -  OPEN. The gift shop has moved back to its winter location at the entrance to our museum and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm. Social distancing and masks are required. 

Trolley Tours - Closed for the winter season. 

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

The Iron Range Research Center (IRRC) - The IRRC is 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 has been postponed until further notice. 

19 Hole Mini-Golf Course – Closed for the winter season. 

MDC Campus/Grounds - OPEN for snowshoe rentals. $5 rental fee. Youth and adult sizes available. Contact 218-254-7959 during our regular business hours to inquire. Private guided snowshoe tours are anticipated to begin in mid-February. 

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!

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UPDATED: Fall/Winter Hours

Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 10 am -  8 pm

Friday: 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 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!