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, and Olcott Park's Master Gardener Gunnar Peterson.

Today museum visitors are greeted at the door by three little kids who are bundled up and ready for winter fun with skis made from barrel staves and a sled. Other temporary exhbits include "The Finnish Socialist Opera House," "Baskets through the Years," "Virginia Pioneer Martin Nelson," "Fay Hotel Fire," and "Arrow Shirt Factories on the Iron Range."

Nothing like a Minnesota winter for a good time.

Finnish Socialist Opera House Exhibit.

Fay Hotel Fire Exhibit.



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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