Murphy’s Landing – Shakopee, Minnesota
Owned and operated by the Three Rivers Park District, Murphy’s Landing is a living history museum designed to recreate the lifestyles of Minnesota residents during the half-century spanning the mid-to-late 19th century. The Museum consists of 40 reconstructed 19th century historic buildings located in an 88-acre park.
Open year-round by advance reservation for special tour groups, weddings and celebrations, the park features – in addition to regular tours – year-round special events and constantly evolving programs, such as live history weekends during the summer months, in which costumed museum staff portray Minnesota River Valley denizens of the 1800’s in an enactment specifically crafted to educate and amuse visitors, both adults and children alike.
Murphy’s Landing resides along the Minnesota River close to Shakopee. Originally established in 1969, the Museum was acquired by the Three Rivers Park District in 2002. History buffs and those curious about early life in Minnesota will find much to see and learn during a visit to The Landing. For instance, taking a tour through the Museum’s authentically created early Minnesota farms and villages, populated by costumed museum staffers is like actually taking a step backward in time.
Guided two-hour tours are offered twice daily at 10am and 12:30pm. Tours can accommodate groups of 15 to 300 people. Specific tours for students are priced at $6 per student or adult. Two adults are admitted free for every twenty-five students.
The Holiday Season is especially festive at the Museum. Visitors are offered a real treat every weekend during the entire month of December as they ride in horse-drawn trolleys along snowy lanes of houses alive with Christmas cheer. This award-winning program has been described as “unforgettable” and “like stepping into a Christmas picture-postcard.”
Among other special events held at the Park are riding in horse-drawn wagons to a maple tree grove and observing the old Minnesota tradition of tapping the trees for syrup and following the process from source to the familiar jar of maple syrup on one’s kitchen table.
Children are not forgotten at the Museum which has developed a specially designed children’s play area in the Martinson House. The play area allows children to experience playtime 1880’s style, and enjoy various 19th century replicated toys as well as the fun of trying on period costumes.
Murphy’s Landing is located approximately 23 miles southwest of Minneapolis at 2187 East Highway 101 in Shakopee. Parking is free for personal family vehicles. Fees apply for buses, vans and commercial vehicles.
Since donations are encouraged and specific fees apply for various events held at different times of the year, preplanning a visit to the Historic Museum should involve contacting the facility for details:
• Telephone: 763-694-7784
• Fax: 952-403-9489
• Mail: Historic Murphy’s Landing
2187 East Highway 101
Shakopee, MN. 55379
• Email: hmlstaff@ThreeRiversParkDistr.org