July at the Minnesota Discovery Center
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Summer is Heating Up and July is Jammed Packed with Events, Programs, and Concerts! (Summer Hours)

There's so much to DISCOVER - Mini-Golf, Outdoor Exhibits, Redhead Mountain Bike Park, Bands, Brews, & BBQ, and Weaving, Spinning, and Blacksmith Demonstrators, trolley tours, and more!



1.) MUSEUM : EXPANDED HOURS Monday CLOSED, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 9am-6pm, Thursday 9am -9pm. Enter through Summer Admissions.

2.) MINI-GOLF: Now open Tuesday-Sunday!

3.) TROLLEY TOURS: Now Open Tuesday-Sunday

4.) RESEARCH CENTER: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (CLOSED Sunday & Monday).

5.) MINER'S DAUGHTER GIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday-Sunday in Summer Admissions.

6.) REDHEAD MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK: Now Open for biking, hiking, and water recreation (swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding). Rentals available inside MDC.

7.) THE RUSTIC PIG FOOD COURT: Open Every Thursday for Bands, Brews, & BBQ from (4pm-8pm), live music starts at 5pm.


Tuesday: 9 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Monday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11am, 1pm, & 3pm
Wednesday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm        
Thursday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 6pm
Friday: 11am, 1pm, 3pm,
Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Sunday: 1pm & 3pm
MDC July Member Perk!

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

Now through the end of July, MDC members can enjoy an extra 10% off a full-day or half-day canoe rental. That’s 20% off total with your automatic member discount! Reserve your canoe rental today by calling 218.254.7959. Canoe and kayak rentals available Thursday-Sunday (weather dependent).

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. Perks begin the day you become a member!

MDC Perks begin the day you become a member!
Crafting with Cardboard - Now Open!

Come create whatever you can dream up out of cardboard.

We transformed our temporary exhibit gallery into a space filled with cardboard boxes of all sizes where visitors can create whatever they want: forts, mazes, creatures, the sky is the limit! A perfect blend of engineering and art, we'll provide the materials, you provide the inspiration! This activity is fun for all ages.

Regular admissions apply. Supplies included!
Bands, Brews, & BBQ Every Thursday July Through August!

Every Thursday 4pm-8pm.

Bands, Brews, & BBQ is BACK every Thursday from 4:00pm-8:00pm enjoy delicious BBQ menu items, adult beverages, live music, yard games, fire pits, and the beautiful grounds of the Minnesota Discovery Center! Best part, this is a family friendly event with free admission!

Discover more details online including our full music line up!
Superior Siren & Wild Horses Concert July 8th!

Tickets On Sale Now at Eventbrite.com.

Join us JULY 8TH from 7pm-10pm for the Superior Siren and Wild Horses Concert in the iconic MDC Amphitheater! The concert will take place rain or shine. Parking is free. Enter through the Summer Admissions Building. 

Enjoy two incredible performances by these up and coming musicians as well as delicious food and beverages catered by The Rustic Pig.

Visit our website for more details!
11th Annual Iron Man Car Show!

Saturday, July 9th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Get your motor running for the Iron Man Car Show!

Classic cars and trucks will line the Minnesota Discovery Center's park pathways! Enjoy music, delicious food and looking at the gorgeous cars! 

We welcome all car enthusiasts to enter their antique or classic car in the show or come as a visitor and appreciate these beauties.

Show Car Registrants:

All classes of show cars and trucks
$10.00 registration cost
Spectators & Visitors:

Cost: Regular Admission Prices Apply
Music and concessions available 

Visit the Museum, Heritage Park, Glen Location, Ride the Trolley and Play Mini-Golf at Minnesota Discovery Center while you're here!
Next Dragons and Damsels July 14th & 28th!

Let's get curious about insects.

Let's go on an ADVENTURE! Join us as we explore the beautiful grounds of the Minnesota Discovery Center in search of dragonflies, damselflies, and other insects. Along the way, we will learn about the lives and habits of these fascinating creatures! Nets will be provided.

Regular Admissions Apply.
Biketown A Film By Freehub Magazine Featuring Redhead MTB Park in Chisholm!

Premiering July 22nd at 6pm at the Minnesota Discovery Center.

Join us for the premiere of Biketown at the Minnesota Discovery Center! This documentary film features Chisholm, Minnesota's Redhead Mountain Bike Park. This event is part of an effort to raise awareness and funding for IMBA recognized bike clubs across the country!

Biketown is a story of mountain bikers, unlikely partnerships and the communities they create. Featuring: Chisholm Minnesota, Bellingham, Washington, Snowshoe, West Virginia and Pacific City, Oregon.

All funds collected for movie admission and raffle tickets for the July 22nd screening at MDC will be donated directly to (IROC) Iron Range Off Road Cyclists and will be used to support mountain bike trail maintenance at Redhead MTB Park (Chisholm), Lookout Mountain (Virginia), and Maple Hill (Hibbing).
Family Discovery Day: Fossils, Fossils, Fossils!

Thursday July, 21st from 4-7:30pm.

Are you fascinated by the wonderful world of FOSSILS? If so, this is the event for you! Come talk with the Minnesota Discovery Center Paleontologist John Westgaard, also the Co-Founder and Director of the Hill Annex Paleontology Project, and discover what we have planned for this summer at the fossil excavation site!

FREE TO ATTEND and in conjunction with Bands, Brews, & BBQ offering live music, delicious food, and beverages prior to and during the event!
North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra Concert July 28th in the Amphitheater

Tickets on sale now!

Join us for the Northshore Philharmonic Summer Orchestra! Made up of people of all ages and intents united by their love of symphonic music. Membership includes adult amateur and professional musicians, members of college and high school music programs, as well as some performers who are members of the Mesabi Symphony and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestras "giving back" to the community.  

FREE TO ATTEND and in conjunction with Bands, Brews, & BBQ (NSPO is the featured performance in the Amphitheater) offering delicious food and beverages prior to and during the show!
Late Night in the Research Center July 28th

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 9:00 am until 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 28th. And remember, it's free to visit the Research Center!

Future Late Night in the Research Center: Thursday, August 30th
2ND ANNNUAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH NIGHT: (CLICK THE TOP PICTURE TO WATCH THE RIDE MN RECAP VIDEO) WOW!! What an amazing turnout for the 2nd Annual Youth Mental Health Night at MDC! We want to thank our partners at Fairview Range and all the volunteers, vendors and attendees for making this year's event a HUGE success! Special shoutout to our friends at Ride MN for an amazing stunt show - Mega Jump Motivational Experience! We are so grateful to see this event grow beyond our expectations and we cannot wait to see what next year brings! Together, we can foster healthier communities and support networks that not only help individuals and families lead happier and healthier lives, but help diminish the stigma surrounding mental health. We look forward to continuing this important work with our community partners and stakeholders long into the future!
NATIONAL CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: We were excited to welcome back Bruce Martens Director of the National Center for Youth Development (NYCD). Bruce took the NCYD kids on a trip to ride the range on their mountain bikes, which included a stop at the beautiful Redhead Mountain Bike Park. Headquartered in Minneapolis working with national, state, and local stakeholders in youth development, the NCYD connects kids with their communities, from birth to adulthood.
INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION: The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) held their annual board meeting at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) last month. MDC welcomed board members from across the country as a part of the multi-day visit. We were honored to share our story and show them around the MDC campus and Redhead Mountain Bike Park.
UMD INTERN CHECK IN: MDC Intern Brandon Butkovich is keeping busy! Check out this cool creation he is posing next to. The cardboard creature is a 90-million year old representation of an Ammonite and is a part of our 'Crafting with Cardboard' Exhibit' now open Tuesday-Sunday through September. Besides helping keep the exhibit spaces clean for our visitors, Brandon helps operate our water recreation shuttle that provides transportation to visitors renting canoes and kayaks to explore the award-winning
Redhead Mountain Bike Park.
ALL STAFF TRAINING: Last month, we held our annual all staff training and covered multiple topics including workplace stereotypes and emergency response protocols, but it wasn't just business, we had a chance to enjoy some good food and each others company. We have such a wonderful staff!
DALE CARNEGIE GRADUATION: Last month, MDC served as the host location for a Dale Carnegie Skills for Success Training. The event was put on by the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce and five MDC employees took the training, which is valued at over $10,000! We wanted to congratulate all of the participants and graduates and thank the Dale Carnegie team and Hibbing Chamber of Commerce for making this amazing opportunity possible for our staff!
THISTORY HIGHLIGHT Who remembers going to summer camp!? Check out this photo captured in 1949 - Children petting deer near Children's Camp, Mesaba Co-op Park. Founded in 1929, Mesaba Co-op Park is a member-owned cooperative park and is open to the public. 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!
Finally...Bittersweet Goodbyes
Mara Brownlee Farewell Party

Mara Brownlee's public service at the Minnesota Discovery Center.

We said our final farewells to Mara Brownlee, our former Sales and Events Specialist. Mara devoted 9-years of her life to organizing and coordinating events for our clients which includes families, companies, and nonprofit organizations from throughout Minnesota and across the country. Her dedication and passion for her job was inspiring and we are certainly sad to be loosing her, but we are excited for her as she embarks on a new journey.

Here's a few words from Mara, "After almost 9 years at the Minnesota Discovery Center, I am closing this chapter in my life. I have grown so much in this position and couldn’t have asked for a better way to start right out of college. For now, I think I’ll take the month of July off and enjoy some time (especially weekends) with my boys as a stay-at-home mom. Then we’ll see where life takes me! I’ve had so much support from everyone, especially Forrest (Mara's husband) as I make this transition. Adventure is out there!"