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Minnesota Discovery Center is the largest museum complex outside of the Twin Cities metro area, and comprised of a 33,00-square-foot Museum, 14,00-square-foot Research Library & Archives, and Park. Encompassing 660 acres, Minnesota Discovery Center showcases the past, present and future of northeastern Minnesota through exhibits, events, festivals, research materials and much more.
From September 12 – November 25, the Discovery Center debuts an exhibit that chronicles the history of the snowmobile in Minnesota. Following “Iron Dogs” the museum’s Overlook Gallery will show “Thoreau’s Walden: A Journey in Photographs” January 16 through May 2, 2010. The exhibit comes to the state from the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
On May 29, 2010, Minnesota Discovery Center will host the Minnesota premiere of “Journey Stories” a Museum on Main Street exhibit developed through a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils. “How People Make Things,” a traveling exhibit created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh opens September 25, 2010. Each exhibit is accompanied by educational programming, special events, and outreach.
In addition to exhibits, the Discovery Center hosts a lecture series each spring, book signings, a variety of workshops, and offers an in-house interpreter program called “Traditions Folk Arts Demonstrators” operating year-round.
Interesting events include Finn Days, All Slav Days, and Iron Ranger Days, dinner theater, comedy night, Genealogy Conference, Family Day, special MEA weekend events, and other festival-type days related to their exhibits. Other amenities at the Center include a full-service restaurant, theater, amphitheater, Civilian Conservation Corps History Center, working trolley, gift shop, miniature golf course, historic buildings, walking trails and wedding venues.