September at the Minnesota Discovery Center
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September Marks a Change in Seasons (New Hours start September 6th)

HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVERYONE! With the changing season comes changing hours and amenities. View our Autumn hours, upcoming events, and more below!


1.) MUSEUM : Now open. Enter through Summer Admissions. Autumn hours (Tuesday-Saturday) go into effect Tuesday, September 6th.

2.) MINI-GOLF: Now open. New hours starting September 6th, Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday.

3.) TROLLEY TOURS: Now open. Starting September 6th, trolley tours Thursdays & Saturdays only.

4.) IRON RANGE RESEARCH CENTER: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (CLOSED Sunday & Monday). It is FREE to visit the Research Center.

5.) MINER'S DAUGHTER GIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday-Sunday in Summer Admissions. New hours start September 6th (Tuesday-Saturday).

6.) REDHEAD MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK: Now Open for biking, hiking, and water recreation (swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding). Rentals available inside MDC. Rentals run through October Thursday-Saturday weather permitting. Public shuttle service available Tuesday-Saturday starting September 6th.


8.) THE RUSTIC PIG FOOD TROLLEY: Closing for the season on September 4th.

9.) CRAFTING WITH CARDBOARD CREATIVE SPACE: CLOSING SEPTEMBER 4TH. A new temporary exhibit will be coming to this space soon. Stay tuned for more details!

Starting September 6th
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
Starting September 6th-October 29th Weather Permitting     
Thursday: 3pm & 5pm
Saturday: 1pm & 3pm
Starting September 6th
Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
MDC September Member Perk!

Hey members, stop by MDC and discover more about your September Member Perk.

Now through the end of September, MDC members can enjoy 10% off a full-day bike rental from 30 West Bike Shop, right on-site at MDC. This promotion cannot be combined with any other discount.

Watch our Facebook page, website and monthly email updates for a new member perk each month!

Not a member yet? Become a member today by calling 218-254-7959.

MDC Perks begin the day you become a member!
Trails and Tails Naturalist Program

Grab an activity bag and booklet at the front desk during open hours and EXPLORE the beautiful grounds of MDC!

Discover the fascinating nature on our beautiful grounds! When you arrive at Summer Admissions, ask to sign-out a backpack and an age specific naturalist booklet. There are all kinds of activities in the booklet with corresponding tools and supplies in your backpack to help you discover interesting and unique information about nature in northern Minnesota. When you are ready to head home, hand in your backpack and supplies and keep your booklet to remember all you great discoveries!

Regular admissions apply.  
Trolley Pumpkin Day is Back!

Join us Sunday, October 9th from 11am-4pm. Prepaid reservations required. Limited tickets available.

We are excited to announce the return of Trolley Pumpkin Day Sunday, October 9th at MDC! Ride our historic trolley through the beautiful fall foliage to the Glen Location pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin!

Before or after you get back from the pumpkin patch, stop by and say hello to the animals brought by Cook's Country Connection petting zoo! Trolley runs will take place every hour on the hour from 11am-4pm, see scheduled runs below. Enjoy free hot apple cider and cocoa at the event! COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED! 

FREE pumpkin carving kit donated by United Way of NEMN for every ticket holder (while supplies last)! 
Glen Location Flashlight Tours!

Thursday, October 20th & 27th. Tours at 7pm, 8pm, & 9pm. Prepaid reservations required. Limited tickets available.

Just in time for Halloween! There’s something spooky about being in a historic place… in the dark! Come ride our historic trolley and get a tour of the Glen Location after hours. Guests can bring in their own flashlights, but it’s scarier in the dark!  

Call 218-254-7959 to make your reservation for one of the following times:

  • 7pm
  • 8pm
  • 9pm

Tickets are $14 per Non-Member, $13 per Member

We can't wait to see you at this spooktacular event! 
Flashlight Clueseum!

Friday, October 21st & 28th starting at 8pm. Prepaid reservations required. Limited tickets available.

Sometimes, the things you see in the shadows are more than just shadows. Clueseum is back and we need you to solve the mystery but this time, in the dark. The clues are harder than ever and the dark will definitely make things more difficult! 

The game starts at 8pm. 

Fastest to finish will win a prize!  
Late Night in the Research Center September 29th!

Our experienced staff are ready to assist you with your family research needs!

Can’t make it in during the day? Why not stop on by and get some of your family research done. We’ll be open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th. And remember, it's free to visit the Research Center!

Future Late Night in the Research Center: Thursday, October 27th
THE TAMBURITZANS: Last month, we welcomed back the world-renowned Tamburitzans to the iconic MDC Amphitheater stage for a musical performance. They put on a spectacular show and we cannot wait to have them back next summer! The Tamburitzans ensemble expanded its repertoire throughout the past eight decades to include a wide variety of folk dance and music representing international cultures. Eighty plus years, several international tours, hundreds of performers, and hundreds of thousands of audience members later, the Tamburitzans' show is an annual tradition for some, and a delightful new surprise for others. Learn more about the Tamburitzans here:
FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY CREEPY, CRAWLY, COOTIES!: Wow, thank you to everyone who came out to last month's Family Discovery Day featuring the Zoomobile from the Lake Superior Zoo! Hundreds of people showed up to learn about the fascinating life of BUGS! Visitors enjoyed crafts, games, and event making their own beeswax candles! Stay tuned to our events page for upcoming Family Discovery Day events, programs, and more.
LAST BANDS, BREWS, & BBQ OF SUMMER: What a fantastic season of delicious food, music, and good company! Thank you to everyone who attended our Bands, Brews, & BBQ summer series and made it such a great success! Good food and music truly does bring us together and we can't wait to have y'all back next summer! Pictured above is the Freemen Bluegrass Band performing at a Bands, Brews, & BBQ.
CRAFTING WITH CARDBOARD CREATIVE SPACE: Although the Crafting with Cardboard Creative Space is coming to an end on September 4th, we had such a great time seeing all the wonderful creations! From space to the deep blue waters of northern Minnesota, we saw just about everything and anything you could dream up. We will be prepping the gallery space for a new temporary exhibit, to be announced SOON!
UNITED STATES STEEL FAMILY DAY: Our friends at United States Steel held their annual employee family day at the beautiful St. Louis County Fairgrounds last month. MDC Executive Director Donna Johnson (pictured above in front of the United States Steel Charity Dunk Tank) attended the event to watch visitors dunk United States Steel employees to raise money for MDC! More than $250 was raised for MDC at the event. Thank you United States Steel!
LCCMR, REMODLING, MNDOT MEETING: August was definitely a busy month at MDC, from virtual grant presentations to the LCCMR commission, film lab renovations and sidewalk pours to MnDot Highway 169 public meetings we didn't have a dull day! Pictured above are some snapshots of August meetings, projects, and presentations.
THISTORY HIGHLIGHT In light of the recent demolition of the Roosevelt High School in Virginia, MN, we wanted to highlight this cool photo of the back of the old Roosevelt Grade School taken sometime in the 1920's This photo is a part of a large collection of photos housed at the Iron Range Research Center. Remember, it's FREE to visit the Research Center!
Chisholm's Redhead MTB Park Featured in National Film and Magazine!

The Minnesota Discovery Center Debuts Biketown to Sold Out Crowd.

The sold out premiere of Biketown at Chisholm’s Minnesota Discovery Center Theater was full of excitement and inspiration. This Freehub Magazine film highlights the pioneering partnerships between industry and community and the hard work it takes to create a Biketown. The film is now available to stream on demand on YouTube.

(Click the magazine cover to read the article 'Pedal to the People' featuring quotes from northern Minnesota mountain bike advocates and organizations).

This is a story of local communities and struggles that ultimately inspired collaboration around shared visions and goals. Biketown immerses viewers in mountain biking's coming-of-age era—now a thriving multi-generational sport—by examining paradigms that span local and national levels. Summer 2022 Biketown film screening events benefit various IMBA Local Chapters and other nonprofit trail clubs across North America, including the Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists, the local volunteer mountain bike club that maintains Redhead Mountain Bike Park trails in partnership with the City of Chisholm and the Minnesota Discovery Center.

Filmed on location in Chisholm, Minnesota, Bellingham, Washington, Snowshoe, West Virginia and Pacific City, Oregon.

We’d like to thank all of the amazing people who turned out and the volunteers, donors, sponsors, stakeholders, land owners, community leaders, and the incredible team at Iron Range Off-Road Cyclists who have put in years of advocacy to create a world-class recreational destination unlike anything else on earth.

We also want to extend our upmost appreciation and gratitude to the talented team at Freehub Magazine for selecting Redhead to be apart of this transformational story that is sure to inspire thousands of MTB advocates across the world.

Trail advocacy groups throughout North America are hosting showings in the coming weeks. Check out to learn more about the project and find a screening location nearest you.

Thank you to our community partners and event sponsors:
Finally...New Equipment for a Better Experience
Local Foundation Award $19,497 for MDC Equipment Upgrades

The Minnesota Discovery Center successfully obtained needed funds to replace antiquated operational equipment in two historic trolleys and the Iron Range Research Center.

Specifically, the funds will help replace two antiquated trolley sound systems used to communicate historical facts to trolley passengers during tours. Additionally, the grant funds will allow MDC to replace a 25-year-old microfilm reader with a new digital microfilm machine, a device used in projecting and magnifying images stored on microfilm to readable proportions. Furthermore, funds will be used to purchase a new printer, computer, and vertical viewing monitor that are utilized by visitors, students, and scholars researching various topics. 

The Glen Line Trolley arrived at MDC in 1986 after completing construction of the trolley tracks and amphitheater. The Mesaba Line Trolley started service around 1989. Both trolleys were constructed in Melbourne, Australia in 1928. Trolleys played a vital role in early Iron Range transportation as they linked communities and changed the way Iron Rangers lived, worked, and recreated. Trolleys like the one at MDC, originally traveled approximately 38 miles of track between Gilbert and Hibbing and today the trolley connects our visitor center and indoor museum to the historic Glen Location, a former mining town.

The IRRC was created by the Governor Rudy Perpich Administration in 1978 and contains one of the largest collections of genealogical and local history research materials in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, including but not limited to: census records, naturalization records, passenger arrival records, mining company newsletters, and a survey of Women in Industry taken in 1919.

As a result of this new equipment, MDC can increase visitor engagement and appreciation for local history. Specifically, the two new trolley sound systems will help MDC provide a better experience to trolley riders who want to see, hear, and learn about our local history. The old trolley sound systems made it difficult for guests to hear interesting historical facts and were not conducive to visitor engagement. The new sound systems as well as research center equipment will help visitors learn and understand the rich history and culture of our region and connect them to Rangers of the past.

The total cost for these two projects was approximately $36,407. The CCF contributed $19,497 in grant funding and the remaining $16,910 was covered by MDC’s annual operating budget. 
The public is invited to come check out the new equipment upgrades anytime during MDC’s open hours, which can be found online at If visitors would like to hear the new trolley sound system, trolley tours run through October 29th weather permitting.