5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Minot Visitors Center

April 23, 2019

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It’s summer time, which means the Minot Visitors Center will be open longer! Starting Memorial Day, the Visitors Center will be open 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, and Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Before you stop by, here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the Minot Visitors Center.

1. Artichoke Lamps

The designer of the lamp, Poul Henningsen, grew up in a small Danish town without electricity and then built a career designing lamps. He satisfied his desire for a room in which the lighting is pleasing everywhere, from the walls to the tabletop, without harsh contrasts between. The Artichoke Lamp (1958) is composed of layers of overlapping “leaves.” Both of the lamps in the Visitors Center are from Denmark and cost about $14,000 each.

2. The Furniture

The furniture might not sound very exciting, but the furniture in the Visitors Center is from many different countries. The floors are from Sweden, the wallpaper is from Europe, and the chairs are from Norway.

3. Thorvold the Troll

Trolls have been popularized in Nordic mythology and Scandinavian folklore. Norse trolls dwell in mountains, caves, and under the occasional bridge and are rarely helpful to human beings. Thorvold is a rare case and is very friendly and loves visitors! Thorvold and his bench are hand carved and live on the main floor of the Visitors Center.

4. Buffy the Bison

A lot of people ask if Buffy is a real Bison, and the answer is yes, she is a real bison. Buffy has lived in the Visitors Center since 2015. She came from the Badlands of North Dakota.

5. Gift Shop

There is a GIFT SHOP! Many people do not know about the gift shop, there are items from Visit Minot, the Scandinavian Heritage Center, and Norsk Hostfest. So many great souvenirs. Everything from t-shirts to toys to books.

When you take a walk in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, stop in the Visitors Center and see all these things and more for yourself!

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