2018 School Tour Registration
Dear Teacher or Administrative Personnel:
Minnesota Pioneer Park would be most pleased to host your school for our Spring & Fall School tours. Over the years children who have attended our tours have enjoyed this field trip, and some have returned as adults to recall their childhood memories. Our park is unlike the typical park or amusement center in that we depict the life of the early settlers. Our interpreters, dressed in period costume re-enact life as it was.
I encourage you to go to our web site www.pioneerpark.org.Click on “Virtual Tours.” On our home page for an in-depth visual of over 20 pioneer structures within our Park.
Minnesota Pioneer Park opened in 1972 with the donation of land from the City of Annandale, the Soo Line railway donated the original Annandale depot and the Soo Line caboose. We now host 22 buildings, each having a different theme. The buildings are either original to the site, were donated by area supporters, or are reproductions. Within our collection of buildings, we feature an original one-room schoolhouse, which was in operation until 1970, an 1880’s Finnish church, an original 1940’s barn, a 1902 two story home, a log cabin, a clay and sod claim shanty, and a late 1800’s replica village. New to our village for 2018 is a replica fire hall equipped with historical fire equipment and artifacts from the era. Machinery Hill, located next to the New Hearth & Home is also new for 2018 displaying farm equipment from the early 1900’s.
The historical 1895 (?) Soo Line Depot is one of the highlights of your tour. Our interpreter will explain the importance of the depot and the part it played in pioneer community.
The Poke Bonnet Gift Shop located within the Depot depicts a country store in the early 1900’s. We offer many hand-made fun and educational pioneer-themed items. Many of these items such as “old fashioned candy” sell for less than $1.00 and will certainly appeal to children of all ages. The Gift Shop includes novel bric-a-brac items for the ladies and gentlemen. Revenue from our gift shop is an important contributor in financing maintenance and repairs to our buildings.
Minnesota Pioneer Park is located in Annandale, Mn, just one hour west of the Twin Cities on Highway 55. In most cases this is within an hour or less of your school. We are a non-profit open-air museum, staffed by volunteers, dedicated to displaying and teaching the history and culture of Minnesota settlers.
For 2018 we have two options to tour - A: Trappers Cabin in the 1902 building or B : New Hearth & Home building in addition to our other historical sites.
Please call our office at (320) 274-8489 to reserve your date for 2018 tours.
We require a two week notice to schedule your tour. Tour dates are April through June, September through mid-October, Monday-Friday.
Admission is $4.00 per student, and $5.00 per adult. For every 12 students, 1 adult is free. Admission for bus drivers and medical assistants is waived. A deposit of 25% is needed to secure your date.
Your receipt of deposit will be your confirmation.
Please complete the enclosed registration form and mail to Minnesota Pioneer Park at 725 Pioneer Park Trail, Annandale, MN 55302
The Park is also available if you would like to plan a summer visit. Please call Ruth the Office Coordinator, to set up your itinerary.
Ruth Rolfzen, Office Coordinator
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
information 320-274-8489 or
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Call office during week for weekend availability
Citizens (60 and over): $5
(6-16 yrs.): $3.00
yrs and under: Free
by an adult
at all times.
cannot accept credit cards.
admission may vary from General Admission, see
individual event for admission prices.
Tour takes up
at 4:00 PM
Open to the
public. visitors welcome
6:30 p.m. on
the first Tuesday of each month.
speaker or a presentation will be