Welcome to

              VIRGINIA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S

           HERITAGE MUSEUM

              P. O. Box 736
             800 9th Avenue North
              Virginia, Minnesota 55792
             218-741-1136
              virginiamnhistory@gmail.com


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 ready for some summer fun with a buggy, steam shovel and wooden riding Joymobile. Other temporary exhbits include "The Finnish Socialist Opera House," "Home for the Holidays," "Baskets through the Years," "Virginia Pioneer Martin Nelson," "Fay Hotel Fire," and "Arrow Shirt Factories on the Iron Range."



In the Good Old Summertime.


Finnish Socialist Opera House Exhibit.


Fay Hotel Fire Exhibit.

 

HOURS

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 is working in partnership with them. The building is located at the corner of 4th Avenue and 5th Street South in Virginia. At this time the building is open by appointment only. Please call 218-741-1136 to make arrangements. In addition to historical displays, visitors will enjoy the builidng itself with its beautifully restored stained glass windows.

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