The Minnesota Discovery Center is a museum, park, and research Center located in Chisholm, Minnesota. It was opened 1977 as the Iron Range Interpretive Center, which was advertised as a state-run educational facility. It was governed by the Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Center and funded with the help of the Taconite Assistance Area. It opened with 34 exhibits focusing on the history of the Iron Range. In 1980 the Research Center was opened, and over time other additions have included a 1,500 seat amphitheater, a Minnesota CCC history center, and a railroad to the Glen Location. In 2003, the IRIC, then known as Ironworld, was converted to a non-profit organization and entertainment center.[1]

The research center is one of the best genealogical studies centers in the Upper Midwest, with over 40 years of accumulated artifacts. People from all around the Iron Range donate family histories and heirlooms, including ethinic clothes from the earlier settlers, photographs, and family documents.[2]

The Minnesota Discovery Center is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Thursdays until 9 PM. The research Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission tickets for children under 6 are free, tickets for youth 7-17 are $5, and tickets for adults are $7.[3]

[1] Minnesota Discovery Center, 12/17/2010. ©2010. <>

[2] Interview with Former Minnesota Discovery Center curator. Interviewed on 12/15/2010.

[3] See footnote 1.