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


Second weekend in Sept-May:
Fri-Sat 10-4
June 10-Labor Day:
Tues-Sat 9-5
Closed Memorial Day. Open July 4th and Labor Day.
Special events are held year round. Call for group tours.


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



2014 Apr 23

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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 awsome 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.