Welcome to



              P. O. Box 736
             800 9th Avenue North
              Virginia, Minnesota 55792


Located in beautiful Olcott Park, the museum complex consists of the former park superintendent's residence, a Finnish log house and a 1930s tourist cabin. Permanent exhibits depict logging and lumbering industries, Virginia's fires of 1893 and 1900, area shirt factories and Olcott Park's Master Gardener Gunnar Peterson.

The Virginia Area Historical Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence with a new exhibit that depicts the influence of Finland upon the landscape and culture of Northern Minnesota. Throughout the museum you will see such items as Finnish inventions, a Baby Box, memorabelia from local Finnish businesses, woven and handknit items, and photos and text showing the importance of co-operatives to Finnish miners who were blacklisted.

A tour of the new Finnish Exhibit and the entire Heritage Museum is just one of the many great things to do in Virginia, Minnesota. We look forward to seeing you!

Exhibit that tells the importance of Finnish "sisu" as immigrants made a living from the soil.

Finnish businesses thrived, ethnic societies were formed and the sauna was essential.



The museum is open from 11:00 - 4:00 on the following days:

  • May 1st through September 30th    Wednesday through Saturday

  • October 1st through April 30th       Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
  • Admission to the museum is by donation. Tours are given throughout the day. The facility is handicapped accessible. Arrangements may be made for groups or classes.


    Friends of B'nai Abraham have made the former synagogue into a museum and cultural center. Virginia Area Historical Society is working in partnership with them. The building is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street South in Virginia. During the summer the center is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 until 3:00 or at other times by appointment. In the fall, winter and spring it's open by appointment only. Please call 218-741-1136 to make arrangements. In addition to historical displays, visitors will enjoy the builidng itself which has been beautifully restored.

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