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Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
(4.6/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
The Forest History Center is one of 26 sites run by the Minnesota Historical Society. Located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the center focuses on displaying the historical and cultural impact that Minnesota's forests have had on people and the community. Historically, logging was a large economic driver, presently there is a large use of Minnesota forests for recreational purposes. The center allows visitors to see this changing relationship through exhibits, films, tours, historical reenactments, and other educational and recreational programs.FeaturesInterpretive CenterThe Interpretive Center houses exhibits and historical artifacts that relate to Minnesota Forests. The Center is divided up into sections representing different themes and time periods. Sections include: The Logging Era"Goods" from the WoodsForest ForecastingForest IndustriesForest RecreationCCC EraFire in the Forest, a multi-media presentation about the 1918 Cloquet FireLogging CampThe Logging Camp is a recreation of a typical logging camp of 1900. Costumed interpreters reenact logging camp processes as well as interact with visitors and tell stories.Other featuresForest Lookout Tower1930's Era Minnesota Forest Service CabinA floating cookshack
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  • A very naturalistic and historic review of our past in the Northland. Logging enthusiasts and historians will enjoy the visit. The guides were wonderful and the experience was educational. We even wal...  more »
  • We as a group really enjoyed the tour. The speakers were so go and enjoyed listening to them. Would go back again. 
  • Love spending time at the Forest History Center. Great collection of historical artifacts and stories about forests of this part of the world and the logging industry/way of life. Great living history...  more »
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  • FUN FUN FUN I took 2 granddaughters here. We went back in time to the old logging days. The girls had a blast and volunteered for everything. Well worth the money to go through it
  • Lots of fun. Great for kids.
  • So worth the visit. Will be back:-)
  • A ton to do
  • Flashback into Minnesota's logging history.