Explore November Events and Programs at the Minnesota Discovery Center!

November is a month of change at the Minnesota Discovery Center. This is the time of year we switch entrances from summer to winter. This switch includes the Miner's Daughter Gift Shop. 30 West Bike Shop will remain operational and open during posted hours in the summer entrance.

Starting November 7th, all MDC visitors will enter through the winter entrance in the back parking lot of the campus. The Miner's Daughter Gift Shop will be temporarily closed starting November 5th and will reopen on or before November 11th inside the winter entrance.


1.) MUSEUM: Enter through the winter entrance starting November 4th. New museum hours now in effect Tuesday-Saturday. Free admission Thursday's from 4-8pm.

2.) TROLLEY TOURS: Closed for the season.

3.) MINI GOLF: Closed for the season.

4.) IRON RANGE RESEARCH CENTER: Open Tuesday-Saturday (open late on Thursdays).

5.) MINER'S DAUGHTER GIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday-Saturday. The Miner's Daughter Gift Shop will move to its winter location inside the winter entrance starting November 5th and will reopen on or before November 11th for all your holiday shopping needs!

6.) REDHEAD MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK: The park will be temporarily closed to the public November 4th through November 19th for deer hunting season. The park will reopen for hiking and mountain biking (weather permitting) on November 20th before temporarily closing again for seasonal transition (fat biking and snowshoeing).

7.) RUSTIC PIG RESTARAUNT: Now Booking Holiday Parties & Events! The Rustic Pig is available for private venue rentals. Also, inquire about on-site and off-site catering! Call 218-254-1223 and ask for Alyssa, the MDC Sales and Events Manager.

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
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
Monday - CLOSED
Sunday - CLOSED


FACILITY RENTALS & ONSITE & OFFSITE CATERING: The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) is the perfect destination for your holiday party, event, and/or meeting. Call 218-254-1223 for more information including availability and pricing. MDC offers full service onsite and offsite catering via The Rustic Pig.
GIVE TO THE MAX FOR PALEONTOLOGY: The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) launched its 2023 Give To The Max fundraising campaign in support of raising funds to sustain and grow our paleontology program! All donations will receive a 1:1 cash match and will enter us into a Give To The Max prize pool and make our organization eligible to win other cash prizes now through November 16th! Consider making a tax-deductible donation today, by clicking the button below..
Iron Range Research Center Genealogy Workshops

The Iron Range Research Center launched a new genealogy workshop series focused on connecting people with their storied pasts this past September.

The series is hosted by professional genealogist, Cathi Weber in the education room at the Iron Range Research Center. Each workshop requires a $15 pre-registration fee.

The next workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4th: Census records, immigration records, and naturalization records - (10:30am-2:30pm/lunch available for additional cost)

Genealogy 101 Workshop Description: Getting started in Genealogy research. Basic forms, computer software options, what types of information to look for and where you might find it. Taking the next step, putting the pieces together and looking for clues to other records and where to go to get records. (aka- Breaking through my Brick Wall: How I solved a 25-year search for my grandfather).

Future workshops will be announced soon. To pre-register call 218-254-7959 Tuesday-Saturday during our open hours.
Iron Range Research Center Orientation Tour Offered On November 11th
Offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month through 2023.
Never heard of the Iron Range Research Center? Or, if you have, do you wonder what we’re all about? We invite you to come see for yourself who we are and what we have to offer.
You'll discover one of the largest records repositories in the Upper Midwest. Plus, you can ask our experienced team questions and try out our new research center equipment.
Feature & A Short: Award-Winning Short Film Rated & Prince's Purple Rain Screening November 16th At MDC
Join us Thursday, November 16th at the Minnesota Discovery Center for a cinematic experience featuring a film of one of Minnesota's most treasured musical icons, Prince. Quatre-Vents, a local Post-Production company, invites you to celebrate the long tradition of memorable cinema for Fourwind Films’ cuisine event podcast, Feature & a short.

Feature & a short is a cuisine event podcast hosted by Fourwind Films where an appointed contributor presents their chosen feature motion picture and a short movie. There is only one condition for the screening selection: the presenter must have been directly involved with one picture, but not the other. Feature & a short has screened at theatres across the country in New York and Minneapolis.
Holiday Chamber Expo & Artisan Market November 18th

Looking for a unique gift for Christmas, birthday, wedding, or just something fun for yourself? Why not help support local artisans at Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops.

Join us Saturday, November 18th from 10am-4pm for the Yuletide Destination featuring Artisan Market at the Minnesota Discovery Center and local vendors downtown Chisholm.

Admissions: Donate a non-perishable food item(s) or a $5.00 cash donation and get free admission to the artisan market at MDC. All food proceeds for entry will be going to the Chisholm Food Shelf and all cash donations will be applied to our Education Fund at the Minnesota Discovery Center.

We have a variety of local artisans that will be at our show and lots of great downtown vendors! Stop on by to see what you can find!

NOTE: Go to all locations and get your stamps to be eligible to win 1 of 5 $100 Chisholm Cash Prizes.
Participating Locations Downtown Chisholm: Casey Drug, Cherry Greenhouse, Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill, Healthy Vibes, Tom & Jerry’s Bar, Keyboard Liquor, Mary’s Lake Street Floral, Rupp Furniture and Carpet, 30 West Fitness & Recreation, Norton Shield Responsible Ownership & Carry, & Valentini’s Supper Club. 
Late Night in the Research Center November 30th

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

Can’t make it in during the day? No problem, stop by in the evening. The Iron Range Research Center (IRRC) will be open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 26th. Don't forget, it's free to visit the research center!

Future Late Night in the Research Center:
Thursday, December 28th
DULUTH & ST. LOUIS COUNTY DAYS AT THE CAPITOL & NORTH STAR STORY SUMMIT: In October, we hit the road to Duluth for the Duluth and St. Louis County at the Capitol Days 2023 Key Stakeholders Breakfast, the North Star Story Summit Film Festival, and a meeting with our Minnesota Media Arts School partner, Zeitgeist. The meetings went well and focused on how we can advocate for our bonding needs at the capitol, enhance our involvement in the rapidly growing film industry and strengthen our partnership with Zeitgeist to sustain the Minnesota Media Arts School offerings long into the future.
RANGE ENGINEERING COUNCIL STEM SHOWCASE HIBBING: We were excited to show off our growing fossil collection and talk about paleontology to hundreds of northland students at the Iron Range STEM Showcase hosted by the Range Engineering Council at the Memorial Building in Hibbing last month. Besides being really fun, the event showcases different STEM opportunities that exist right here in northern Minnesota and allows students to engage in hands-on learning experiences that will reinvigorate their interest in pursuing a STEM related career field. We cannot wait to be back next year!
TROLLEY PUMPKIN DAYS: We want to say THANK YOU to the amazing people who purchased tickets to both SOLD OUT Trolley Pumpkin Days this year!

We also want to say THANK YOU to our presenting partner Hometown Focus: Northland news & stories and our community pumpkin patch and petting zoo sponsors for making this event possible!

Pumpkin patch & petting zoo community sponsors: Discover The Range Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce, Giants Ridge, CTC, Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill, Park State Bank, Five Seasons Sports, Lamppa Manufacturing Incorporated (Kuuma Furnaces & Sauna Stoves), Canelakes Candies, Pelican Lake Resort, Snickers Pizza & Pub, Tom and Jerry's Bar, Valentini's Supper Club-Chisholm, and Rupp’s Furniture and Carpet.
TROLLEY IN THE DARK, CLUESEUM & GHOST PHOTOSHOOT: October was the spookiest season of all at the Minnesota Discovery Center! Our Trolley In The Dark event SOLD OUT and featured veteran Trolley Operator George as Beetlejuice! Moreover, Clueseum also SOLD OUT and more than 100 ticket holders came to solve the mystery at the museum! Lastly, MDC Visitor Services Manager Erin Cullen brought in her two furry friends, Copper and Bauer, for an impromptu ghost photoshoot at the Glen Location. Let's just say it went paw-erfect!
SOCIETY OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY CONFERENCE OHIO: Minnesota Discovery Center Paleontologist, John Westgaard went wheels up last month. John attended the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, a gathering of paleontology minded people from all over the world! Next year's conference will be held in Minnesota and feature a talk from John regarding our work on the Hill Annex Paleontology Project. Stay tuned for announcement of upcoming paleontology events and programs at the Minnesota Discovery Center!
KSTP-TV INTERVIEW: Check out our KSTP.TV interview with Chris and Megan, hosts of Minnesota Live featured on KSTP-TV weekdays as 9:00 am. We had a spook-tacular time talking with show hosts about what's happening at the Discovery Center. Click the image above to watch the full segment.
NORTHERN ST. LOUIS COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH FORUM: Last month, we had the opportunity to participate in the Northern St. Louis County, Minnesota Local Advisory Council Community Mental Health Forum at the Mt. Iron Community Center. Members of the public, mental health professionals, and community leaders came together for a great discussion pertaining to the critical #mentalhealth needs of our rural communities. Alicia Dick of St. Louis County Schools/ISD# 2142/Project Aware and Jordan Metsa, Minnesota Discovery Center Development & Marketing Director, presented to the group about an innovative programmatic experience known as Youth Mental Health Day. Launching this past September at the Minnesota Discovery Center, the annual program served hundreds of 9th grade students from across the northland and aims to reshape the way our youth think and talk about mental health.
ADVENTURESS MAGAZINE: Check out the fall issue of ADVENTURESS Magazine - the ONLY women’s hunting and fishing magazine in the Nation - featuring Chisholm locals Jen Gigliotti and Candice Sjogren, co-owners of 30 West Fitness & Rec/Bike Shop! The amazing article also features the world-class Redhead MTB Park! Hibbingite Jennifer Pudenz, Founder and Editor of Adventuress, hand delivered some fresh copies for our reading pleasure last October, thanks Jen! Discover more about this amazing magazine here:
STRONG TOWNS: Last October, we rebooted the Strong Towns meetings with our community collaborators pictured above. Strong Towns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media advocacy organization aimed at helping rural communities like Chisholm rethink development and community growth through innovative collaborations and partnerships that make our communities safer, more livable, and financially resilient. We are proud to be a participating partner in this effort and look forward to continuing creative discussion with our group.
MDC STAFF HALLOWEEN PARTY: Every year, we get the team together for a Halloween pot luck featuring games and team building activities. All staff are invited to attend and encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume. This year, we saw lots of amazing costumes including Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz (pictured in the upper right). Happy belated Halloween from all of us at the Minnesota Discovery Center.
HISTORY HIGHLIGHT: There's no question about it, winter is on its way! This month's history highlight showcases a log cabin neatly nestled in the north woods of beautiful Chisholm. On the early Iron Range, logging was the main industry and logging camps and cabins dotted the Iron Range. In fact, Virginia, Minnesota was once the home of the largest white pine mill in the world! The photograph above was taken in January of 1900 and is a part of a large collection of historic photos archived at the Iron Range Research Center and online on the Minnesota Digital Library website.
FINALLY...MinneMaMa's Iron Range Adventures Comes to Chisholm!
MinneMama Adventures Takes Autumn Trip to the Iron Range
Last month, we welcomed Nicki and Nate Brunner and their kids to the Minnesota Discovery Center and Redhead Mountain Bike Park for a day of adventures exploring Iron Range history.

Nicki and Nate Brunner are a married duo of Minnesotan adventure-seekers, dream-chasers, and child-wranglers. As parents of three cool and energetic kids, their goal with MinneMama Adventures is to discover and share the joys and challenges of daily outings, spontaneous getaways, and well-planned vacations as a family in a humorous, honest and authentic way.

MinneMama Adventures launched in 2014 focusing mainly on local hot spots for kids and families to enjoy without stress by providing tips and tricks for individual places. Over the years, it has also evolved to include our travel adventures and outdoor expeditions in more unique and expansive locations. Since its inception, we’ve enjoyed building our social media following, writing until our fingers hurt, photographing the beauty around us.

Check out MinneMama's Adventure to the Iron Range in her latest blog article! Click the button below to read the full article.
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