Tours of all sizes can be made by appointment.
Call 218-632-5999 for more information.
Partners for a Healthy Wadena Region, the management for The Depot, welcomes you to step back in time and experience the ambiance, sites, of a National Register listed historic train depot located in Wadena, Minnesota. Choose from a variety of options to make your visit a unique and enjoyable time.
Long awaited by the community, this handsome brick and granite depot was built in 1915. It was the heart of the town where new residents came and others departed for reasons such as going off to war, to college, to visit relatives and others. Today, The Depot is being used as a Visitors Center and railroad museum with spaces to rent for community gatherings of all sorts.
Explore the six-room building including the former passenger waiting rooms and freight room. Learn about the architecture of the depot and hear stories re-told by docents who will guide you. Enjoy and permanent exhibit of historic photographs that portray the stories of the 1915 Northern Pacific Passenger Depot, its predecessors as well as Wadena’s Great Northern Depot.
Additional exhibits change from time-to-time with an expert guide trained by the exhibit curator.
$ 5 per person
Minimum 10 persons
Learn and experience the nearly lost art of telegraphy. This demonstration may be added to your tour for an additional $5 per person.
Enhance your visit by adding a food package available only for tour groups. Prices include meal and the Depot Tour. Depending on the size of your group, day of the week and time of the year, you may eat in the Freight Room, Heritage Room, both rooms or outdoors on the former train platform/patio or in the beautiful surrounding Burlington Northern Park.
SOUP AND SANDWICH
This Minnesota classic includes a Wild Rice Soup and turkey sandwich with fixings on locally made artisan bread. For dessert, enjoy a brownie or cookie. Served with milk, water, coffee and tea.
$17 per person (includes The Depot Tour)
6 people Minimum
SOUP AND SALAD
This lunch includes a cup of soup with a salad,
dessert and coffee.
$15 per person includes Depot Tour
8 people Minimum
Coffee cake, cheesecake, or specialty dessert, accompanied by the American national drink ---coffee!
Tea will also be available.
$10 includes tours
Minimum 10 people
CUSTOMIZED CUSINE DEMONSTRATION
Underdevelopment –Please inquire!
Watch a local chef demonstrate the art of preparing special foods. Then sample the fare.
Price to be determined case by case.
Minimum 10 people
Included in Group Tours:
• Unique tour packages with authentic Minnesota cuisine
• Shopping at the Museum Shop
• Trained tour guides
• Accessibilty for disabled visitors
• Free on-site parking
• Outdoor seating options
CALL 218-632-5999 to book your tour today!
WALKING TOUR – Underdevelopment
Take another look at artifacts of Wadena’s railroad history “in the field” when you choose this guided tour option. Maps are also available so that you may go on a self-guided tour.
$5 with a guide; FREE without a guide