Forest History Center, Minnesota Historical Society

A unique environmental history and learning center focusing on the forests of Minnesota that offers living history experiences (recreated 1900 logging camp, river wanigan, and forest service cabin), naturalist programs, wildlife encounters, artisan craft workshops, outdoor recreation, concerts, cultural festivals, and more. There is a visitor center with exhibits, multimedia experiences, and a museum store.

The center is situated on a 171 acre site adjacent to the Mississippi River that is endowed with forests, wetlands, and grasslands that abound with wildlife. There are five miles of maintained trails for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Interpretive signs along the trails provide information about the flora and fauna. 


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The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >

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Latitude: 47.224321 Longitude: -93.570316 Elevation: 1307 ft
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Seasons Open

All Year

Hours Open

June 10-Labor Day: Daily, 10-5; Labor Day-June 10: Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4


$10 adults, $8 seniors & college students, $6 children (5-17) and Free for members of the Minnesota Historical Society and children 4 and under

Accessibility Notes

The Visitor Center, buildings in the logging camp, and trails are wheelchair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leashes are allowed in non-program areas on the trails.

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