Dear Teacher or Administrative Personnel:
We would take pleasure in having your school visit Minnesota Pioneer Park this Spring and Fall 2017. Over our 43 years, the children who have attended our tours have enjoyed this field trip, and some have returned as adults to recall their childhood memories of this trip through history. Our Park is "unique" from the typical park or amusement center, and for this reason, it holds the students' interests. Depending on our staffing of guides dressed in period costume, there will be demonstrations throughout the tour, school lessons and some hands on activities!
I encourage you to go to our web site www.pioneerpark.org and, on our home page click on “Virtual Tours.” This will give you an in-depth visual of over 20 pioneer structures within our Park.
Our park opened in 1972 with the donation of land from the City of Annandale, and the Soo Line railway donated the original Annandale railway depot and a 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.
The historical Soo Line Depot is one of the highlights of your tour. Our guides will explain the importance of the depot and the part it played in pioneer community.
Our Poke Bonnet Gift Shop located within the Soo Line Depot takes on the appearance of what a country store would have looked like in the early 1900’s. We do depend on the gift shop's revenue, which plays an important part in financing many of our building repairs and maintenance. We offer many hand-made fun and educational pioneer-themed items. Many of these items including “old fashioned candy” sell for under $1.00 and will certainly appeal to children of all ages. This also invokes a sense of responsibility for the kids to take control of keeping that allowance to spend on a treasure to remember their visit to the Park. Don’t despair, included in our Gift Shop are novel bric-a-brac items for the ladies and gentlemen.
Did you know your school is in within an hour’s drive to our historic land mark!
Minnesota Pioneer Park is located in Annandale, Minnesota, just one hour west of the Twin Cities on Highway 55. We are a non-profit open-air museum, staffed by volunteers dedicated to displaying and teaching the history and culture of Minnesota settlers.
We offer Spring and Fall tours. The Park is also available if you would like to plan a summer time visit. It is as simple as calling the Office Coordinator to set up your itinerary and let us know what your expectations are. Admission is $4.00 per student, and $5.00 for adults. For every 12 students, 1 adult is free. Admission for bus drivers and medical assistants is waived.
Please complete the attached form and mail it to Minnesota Pioneer Park to reserve your booking now. Remember a 25% deposit is required to hold your date! Please call first to reserve your date! Receipt of your deposit will be your confirmation.
We require at least two week notice to schedule your class since we have to coordinate our volunteer guides for your tour. Book now to make sure your students get the best dates!!! Please call our office at (320) 274-8489 for available dates for 2017 Spring and Fall Tours (Mid-April through June, September & October Monday-Friday).
Spring/Summer 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Winter Office Hours Vary
Call for information 320-274-8489 or
Memorial Weekend through
Monday-Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Senior Citizens (60 and over): $5
Students (6-16 yrs.): $3.00
Children 5 yrs and under: Free
Children are to accompanied
by an adult at all times.
Sorry we cannot accept credit cards.
Event admission may vary from General Admission, see individual event for admission prices.
Tour takes up to
approximately 2 hours.
Last admission 3:00pm
Gate closes at 4:00 PM
MONTHLY POTLUCK SUPPER:
Open to the public. visitors welcome
6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
A guest speaker or a presentation will be featured.