Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many volunteers Wadena’s original CNR Train station continues to welcome visitors since it was built in 1904. Now receiving visitors by car, the station is home to Wadena’s Visitor Information Center and the Wadena Museum and Nature Center highlighting the areas cultural and natural heritage. A number of buildings and exhibits portray pioneer life, and guided tours are available of the station agent’s living quarters situated in the back of the CNR station, a one-room Schoolhouse, a teacherage, a blacksmith shop, a general store, a Church, and vintage farm machinery and the Brice House built in 1914, giving visitors a unique glimpse into our prairie history.
At the Nature Center, you’ll find interactive maps of the Wadena Wetlands Viewing Area, computer games, and exhibits featuring shorebirds and waterfowl. A large wetland diorama features many of the areas unique marsh birds. Visitors can peer under the water’s surface and into a muskrat’s home. Birders can learn all about the areas songbirds.
2013 Season Opens June 1st 2013 — September 2013
Museum hours: June–Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:00
July & August–Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00
Sundays from 9:30 to 5:00