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              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.

"Downtown Virginia in the 1960s" is the current featured exhibit. It reflects on a time when our downtown was a vibrant commercial district and a "destination." This display looks at the businesses serving the community and the merchandise available to shoppers.

Another temporary exhibit called "Buddy LaLonde on Ice" features this Virginia native and his career with the Ice Capades.

An exhibit featuring WPA and New Deal Programs is on display at the St. Louis County Court House in Virginia. Of special interest is a painting by Arthur Kerrick done as part of the Federal Art Project. Also on display are wood carvings by the Duluth WPA Craft.

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

Downtown Virginia in the 1960s.

Downtown Virginia, a fabulous place where you could purchase anything.

Prom dress made by Jeanne Maki.             Jeanne Maki modeling her prom dress.

Virginia native Buddy LaLonde and his life story on ice.

LaLonde jumped more than 18 feet over barrels.

WPA Exhibit at Virginia Courthouse.             Carving and box by WPA artists.



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 and the facility is handicapped accessible. Special 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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