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ATTENTION VISITORS: We are using the Winter Entrance. Note, that we will be closed on Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving. 


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.

Discover our DECEMBER 2022 Newsletter

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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 open. Water recreation rentals and shuttle service into pit is closed for the season. All trails closed November 6th for rifle season and seasonal transition. 

Rustic Pig Food Court - CLOSED FOR SEASON. 

Rustic Pig Food Trolley - CLOSED FOR SEASON.

Miner's Daughter Gift Shop - OPEN. Lcoated in Winter Admissions. Tuesday-Saturday (see autumn hours below). 

Trolley Tours - CLOSED FOR SEASON. 2022 Trolley Schedule. 

MDC Museum - OPEN - The Minnesota Discovery Center’s award-winning 33,000 sq. ft. museum is open Tuesday-Saturday during our regular autumn/winter hours. NEW EXHIBIT OPENING DECEMBER 8TH.

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 – CLOSED FOR SEASON. Mini Golf Costs. 

Autumn Museum/Campus Hours: (Now in effect)

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

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

Monday: CLOSED

2022 Iron Range Research Center Hours: 

Autumn/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!