Discover how 19th-century Minnesotans established their lives on the frontier, farmstead and in villages. Historical buildings are laid out as a timeline from the pre-territorial era through the late 1800s.
Explore the grounds by yourself using interpretive media or while costumed interpreters bring the past to life during living history days and events. The park is also open for scheduled weddings, school and group events.
Volunteers are an important part of the operations at this park. Please contact us if you're interested in volunteering your time.
History of The Landing
The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park (formerly Historic Murphy's Landing) was established in 1969. This 88-acre museum depicts life in the Lower Minnesota River Valley from the 1840s to 1890s with authentic 19th-century buildings, living history demonstrations, and a scenic river trail and overlook. Original site features include Major Murphy's inn and ferry crossing, the Pond Grist Mill, and a river overlook wall constructed by the Works Progress Administration. The mission of the park is to interpret how people have connected with the Minnesota River and its surrounding natural and cultural resources.
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