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“Charming, If A Bit Unfocused”

Minnesota Musem of Mining
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Chisholm
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Los Angeles
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Charming, If A Bit Unfocused”
Reviewed 18 January 2012

There's much to like about this all-encompassing museum dedicated to the Iron Range. But if you are looking for a simple, well-wound narrative experience, you won't get it here. This is more of a shotgun effect, where the exhibits fall more into an "everything under the sun" motif. There is some really neat stuff for kids here--farm equipment, train equipment, and of course, mining equipment, as well. But there are also displays of life in the earlier years of the area which give some great historical context.

A fun way to get off the highway and spend an hour, to be sure.

Visited August 2011
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Takoma Park, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“old-fashioned fun”
Reviewed 10 August 2011

We ended up here by mistake -- it turns out there are 2 mining museums within a few miles and we intended to go to the other one. However... we did have a good time. The grounds are full of huge machines to climb on (very nice change from everything being roped off, but watch accident-prone little ones!).

About 10 minutes after we arrived the sky opened up and it started to POUR drenching rain for about 2 hours, so we ended up in the tiny museum trying to stay dry. We spent a long time talking to the curator, examined every artifact in great detail, and even read a few of the books from the gift shop. (There is a barrel in the corner and for 50 cents your kids can poke through to find, and keep, all 20+ bottletop flavors -- that was a life-saver!)

After the rain we did some more climbing, saw the train diarama (fun to look at even if only one train works), and walked down a flight of steps to see the (again, very small) "simulation" of a mine drift.

All in all I felt like this was a museum like they used to have when I was little -- or maybe even when my mom was little.

Visited August 2011
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Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Probably good for boys to see machines...otherwise not really worth it.”
Reviewed 1 August 2010

My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are interested in a similar trip.

We ended up spending a couple of hours at MMM. To be fair, the man working there (a retired miner) was very nice and knew a lot, but the whole museum was a bit hokey. The interior main floor consisted of some maps, pictures and a gift shop. Downstairs were a variety of items, some of which pertained to mining. They had a 'pretend' underground mine and a large warehouse full of old stuff. They did have quite a few pieces of retired mining equipment, most of which you're able to climb in / on and lots of space to run around (hence good for boys). Be careful because some of the stairs had gaps between the platforms and machines.

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