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 currently featuring items that were buried in a 1967 time capsule which was opened in the summer of 2017. In addition to memorabilia that reflects the history of our area, numerous inventions of nationally famous Cledo Brunetti are exhibited.

If you are looking for things to do in Virginia, MN, please consider taking a tour of Heritage Museum. We look forward to seeing you!

Mining companies, car dealerships, banks, shirt factory and other businesses placed items in the time capsule. .

Virginia native, Cledo Brunetti, has been called the Father of the Transistor.



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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