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


Labor Day-June 10:
Sat 10 am-4 pm
Sun noon-4 pm

Closed on Easter (April 16)

Also open for special events.

June 11-Labor Day:
Daily 10 am-5 pm

Open July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm

Call 218-327-4482 for group tours.



  • $10 adults
  • $8 seniors and college students
  • $6 children 5-17
  • Free for children 4 and under and MNHS members.



2017 Apr 21

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Visitor Center

Explore the visitor center's exhibits including a state-of-the-art timber harvester simulator, a mulitmedia theatre show about forest fires and other interactives about the natural and cultural history of the forest. 

Exhibit features include:

  • "Goods from the Woods," a gallery of products made from locally harvested wood, including everything from toothpicks to hockey sticks.
  • A full-sized "dead log" for crawling through and a corner built especially for kids, with toys, games and books about forests.
  • A state-of-the-art timber harvester simulator where visitors can take hold of the controls and experience today's high-tech logging environment.
  • A full-sized logging truck cab transformed into a mini-theater with historic films on moving timber, from horse-logging to railroads and trucks. 
  • A contemporary log cabin highlighting the impact of development on the northern forest.
  • Filmed stories of people involved in making a living in and managing Minnesota's forests.
  • An all-terrain vehicle, reminding visitors of the importance and impact of forest recreation.
  • A 30-seat theater with a multimedia show on the awesome force and regenerative power of forest fires.
  • Exhibits on forest conservation and society's role in protecting this valuable resource.
  • A multimedia exploration of forest change over time, from the era of the glaciers through the present and into the future.