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Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Labor Day-June 15:
Sat 10 am-4 pm Sun noon-4 pm
June 15-Labor Day:
Daily 10 am-5 pm
Open July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Call for group tours.



  • $9 adults
  • $7 seniors and college students
  • $6 children 6-17
  • Free for children 5 and under and MNHS members.



2015 Nov 30

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The Forest History Center is located on the edge of scenic Grand Rapids along the shores of the Mississippi River. This Minnesota Historical Society site includes three living history areas, a visitor center, covered picnic pavilion and 2.5 miles of wooded trails. Rental events can be customized to meet your needs with prior arrangement. 

Ideas for Using Our Facility

Business conferences, staff meetings, training sessions, birthdays, weddings, scout gatherings, family reunions, picnics and more. We're sure there are other possibilities, let us know your ideas!


Meals can be catered at the cookshack, visitor center or picnic grounds. Groups must make their own catering arrangements. Forest History Center staff can provide a list of qualified caterers upon request.


  • Visitor's Center/Conference Room: theater-type seating for 60 or conference seating at tables for up to 40. Audio-visual equipment and three breakout rooms available. Coffee provided.
  • 1900 Logging Camp: includes office/store, bunkhouse, cookshack, barns and blacksmith shop. 
  • 1901 River Wanigan: a floating cookshack/supply boat that followed the log drivers down the river to the sawmill in the spring. 
  • 1934 Minnesota Forest Service Complex: a MFS Cabin, tool cache, garage with Model-T and fire tower. 
  • Costumed Interpreters: specialize in involving guests in activities. Costumed staff provided at additional cost.


Call 218-327-4482 or email foresthistory@mnhs.org to inquire about details or to make reservations.