Museums and Historic Areas Information

Entries are listed alphabetically by city. Please e-mail any changes, additions or updates to Jennifer.


  Pioneer Village     218-784-4989 or 218-784-2871

  Across from new high school on Hwy 200.

  *  May - October

  The village features ten historic buildings, as well as a new log historical museum, containing exhibits and articles from Norman County's past.  Genealogy information in the museum.  



  Argyle Museum Depot       218-437-6347 or 218-437-8580

  * Sundays in the summer

  Preserved Great Northern Depot, log shanty, and old jail.  Call 218-437-6621 for tours.  Includes all graduating class photos from the Argyle Public School.

Old Mill State Park    218-437-8174

  33489 240th Ave. NW

  17 mi. NE of Warren, and 13 miles east of Argyle, or 11 miles west

   of Newfolden on County Road 4.

  *  Open year round

  * 8 am to 10 pm registered campers only after 10.

  Larson Grist Mill and pioneer cabin.  See a 1880's grist mill  powered by a Case #359 steam engine.  Interpretive signs and audio-show. Pioneer cabin furnished with period household items, traditional garden.  Mill is operated Labor Day weekend.



  Sand Hill Settlement

  Hwy. 220 W

  Log Farmstead under construction  



  Polk County Museum      218-281-1038

  Highway 2 East.

  *  May 21 - September 11

  *  Noon to 5:00 pm

  *  Donation

  Churches, Neighborhoods. Closed in winter months, but will open for tours and appointments.  Also, see Crookston's Historic downtown business district.


East Grand Forks

  Heritage Center     218-773-3952

  219 20th St. NE

  Next to Technical College

  Heritage Village preserves and brings to life the history of the Red River Valley with tours of pioneer buildings and presentations representing the upper Midwest and the life in the mid to late 1800ís and early 1900's. Call for tour arrangements.



  East Polk Co. Heritage Center     218-435-6594

  Hwy 2 East

  Contact: Dean Vikan

  East side of town, next to Hospital.

  *  Late May - Early September

  * 1:30 - 4:30

  *  Free

  Restored 100 year old, ten room house full of historical furnishings, books, photographs and memorabilia. Donated in 1986.



  Goodridge Historical Sites                     218-378-4380

  Contact: Norma Hanson

  Historical buildings preserved and renovated in the downtown area. The Country Store Museum, Pioneer Living History Center, Log Barn and House, School Museum, Train Depot, and Country Store. Open by appointments during Summer months.



  Pelan Pioneer Park

  Nine miles west on Highway 11.

  Rustic camping.

  Restored Pioneer Village, wild flower gardens and berries.



  Norman County Genealogy Society      218-784-7423

Quincy Cemetery       218-860-6280

  Contact: Tod Harrington

  Commemorative plaque depicting the former city of Quincy, just west of Hendrum.  One of the earliest settlements in the area along the river.       


Lake Bronson

  Kittson Co. History Center & Museum      218-754-4100

  332 East Main Street

  In City of Lake Bronson

  * Year round

  *  9 am -5pm Wk days, (1-5 pm) Sat/Sun (in summer)

  * Free admission, donations welcome

  A variety of exhibits about the past ways of life in the county.  Many examples of antique cars and farm equipment. Special events held periodically.



  Oslo American Legion Museum     218-695-5011

  Contact: Eugene Dauksavage

  Next to the Oslo American Legion Post. #331

  * By Appointment

  War relics.    



  Memorial Arena     218-463-2351

  Contact: Chad Johnson

  Houses the history of hockey for Roseau - the home of NHL, Olympic, collegiate and high school champions and medalists.

Pioneer Farm and Village                     218-424-7648

  Contact: Tom Jacobson

  2 miles west of Roseau on Hwy. 11.

  *  May - October

  *  12 - 5 pm M-F

  Festival every August.

Roseau Co. Museum & Interpretive Center       218-463-1918

  121 Center St. E; Suite 101

  *  Year Round

  *  See below

  Organized in 1927, the museum displays the history of Roseau County through interpretive exhibits using artifacts, documents, photographs of the area that tell the story of the county's past and present culture.  The research center is a resource for all areas of county, township, city and individual information.  The museum is organized under the Roseau County Historical Society.  The Historical Society holds an annual meeting in April.  Host events and provides educational tours/programs to schools and organizations. Hours are 9 am to 4 pm Mon. through Fri., Saturdays by appointment.



  Norman County Historical Society

  * June-August

  This historic site features an early school house and many exhibits and articles from Norman county's past.

Red River History Museum     218-886-7335

  1 block east of Hwy 75



  Old Home Town     218-478-2456

  608 5th St.

  Across from Riverside Golf Club.

  *  August - September

  Artifacts, exhibits, harness shop display, antique machinery, equipment and tools.  Open Sundays from 1-5 or call for tour appointments anytime.


Thief River Falls

  Carnegie Public Library    218-681-5767

  102 Main Ave. N.

  The Carnegie Public Library was dedicated in 1914.  In 1968, the library moved to a new building, but the original location has since housed several organizations in the community.

Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village   218-681-5767

  825 Oakland Park Road

  *  Memorial Day to Labor Day

  *  Daily 1 pm - 5 pm

  *  Adults $5.00, 12 & Under free with Adult

  The Village has 19 buildings, including a museum, Victorian house, two railroad depots, school house, church, blacksmith shop, machinery and automobile building and seven log houses.

  Soo Line R.R. Depot      218-681-2500

  405 Third St E

  US Hwy 59 on the easterly edge of the Central Business District.

  * Open year round, except holidays.

  * 8 am to 5 pm

  This two-story Flemish brick & limestone, Craftsman-style combination passenger and freight depot was completed in 1914.  It is the only first-class architecturally designed Soo Line Railroad Depot remaining in Minnesota. The Depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.  The Depot was restored and remodeled in 1997 and now functions as City Hall.  An exhibit of historic railroad photographic panels is on permanent display.

Steam Locomotive No. 1024    218-681-2500

  405 Third St E

  On the Soo Line Railroad Depot- City Hall site.

  Steam Locomotive No. 1024, a Mikado class steam engine, was built by the American Locomotive works, Dunkirk, in 1912 for the Monon Railroad of Indiana.  1024 and seven other locomotives were sold by the Monon R.R. to the Soo Line R.R. in 1941 and 1942. It is the last known steam locomotive of its type in existence that was operated by the Monon R.R.  The Soo Line R.R. donated the locomotive to the city and it has been on static display at the Depot site since 1956.


Twin Valley

  Heritage Museum, Art Gallery &         218-584-5658

  Tourist Info Center

  104 First Street NE

  Two buildings on Hwy. 32 under Water Tower.

  *  M-Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

  * No Charge, Donations Accepted

  The Twin Valley Heritage Center is a museum, information center and an Art Gallery featuring local artist - Gene Lysaker. The Heritage Center provides you with an opportunity to step back into the past of the local area with museum artifacts, history and Agassiz Rec. Trail passes alongside of depot replica.



  Settlers Square/Marshall County Museum    218-745-4803

  Contact: Mike Johnson

  East end of Johnson Ave., South of the Fairgrounds.

  * June-August 9am to 5pm; Sept. 9am to 4:30pm

  *  May 9am to 4:30pm

  Historical Village featuring eight store fronts depicting an 1880 street.  Main building houses many pieces of antique farm machinery.  On display, the UFO Sheriff's car of Marshall County.



  3 Historical Markers                 218-386-3543

  There are three Historical Markers within the City Limits.

  1. Warroad Point Park, at end of Lake St. NE. Establishment of Fort St. Charles

  2. Lake St. NE, just west of 1st Ave. Old "war road" from which the river and village derived their name (Sioux would invade the territory by way of the Red and Roseau Rivers. This route ended at the mouth of the Warroad River.)

  3. Lake St. & Hwy. 11. Warroad Fur Post.

Canadian National Depot       218-386-1454

  121 Main Ave. NE

  This railroad depot opened to the public on July 4, 1985. The oak doors, window casings and woodwork are restored from the original building, as is the counter at the office building. The public washroom doors are from the original building. The Depot now serves as the Warroad City Office center, and is on the National Register of Historical Places.

Fort St. Charles at Northwest Angle         218-386-3543

  A recreation of the trading post founded by Sieur De LaVerendrye in 1732 as the western most headquarters for early explorers and traders.

St. Mary's Catholic Church        218-386-1178

  202 Robert's Ave. NE

  Large all-weather log church which was built as a memorial to Father Aulneau who traveled and lived with Pierre LaVerendrye.  Dedicated in 1954, the church is constructed of logs, with 70,000 hand-split cedar shakes on the roof which were split, dipped and stained by the parishioners.

  The Gardens Arena     218-386-3862

  707 Elk St. NW

  Houses the history of hockey for Warroad - the home of Olympic Champions and medalists.

Warroad Heritage Center & Museum     218-386-2500

  202 Main Ave. NE, PO Box 688

  * M - Sat (1-5 pm), Sunday (1-4 pm)

  * Free

  Exhibits and artifacts: Indian artifacts from the Warroad area, the local commercial fishing industry, the Northwest Angle, early pioneers, military, the fur trade, Marvin Windows & Doors, Christian Brothers Hockey Stick factory & Sports. Works by area writers, genealogies & old photographs with information on the early lumber industry, mink ranching, boating, transportation and special holiday exhibits.








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