Milan, Minnesota Norwegian Capital, USA

Milan was established by Norwegian immigrants in 1879 and is still proud of that heritage today! It is a wonderful place to be if you are looking for culture, community, and fun in Chippewa County.

Milan has a rich culture and lots of opportunities to experience it! Pictured here is the Milan Village Arts School. The school offers a wide variety of classes taught by local artists in everything from jewelry to carving, to painting rosemaling and so much more.

It is also a popular stop on the Meander: Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl. Several artists set up in the school, and visitors not only get to experience the art being presented but get to see the beautiful school as well!

The Village Arts School isn't the only place to find culture in Milan -- the Arv Hus Museum is another place to look! the Museum is a treasure trove of history and culture and is packed with artifacts and photographs. It's a great place to stop and learn the history of Milan and its surrounding area.

The Arv Hus Museum

If you are already in downtown Milan, make sure to explore! There's lots of art, delicious food, and wonderful businesses to stop into.

Businesses in Downtown Milan

There are lots of exciting events in Milan like the Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) which features the "Uff Da! Parade," Norwegian meatballs, krumkaaka, and so many other delicacies, the Annual Spoon Gathering, where participants learn to carve spoons and share in its symbolism of family, meals, and friendship. There's also the Christmas Craft Fair in the winter, which is a great place to do holiday shopping for family and friends!

Travel only a few miles away from Milan and you'll find the beautiful Lac qui Parle County & State Park. Enjoy camping, trails, fishing, horse back riding, historic sites and much more!

The Milan bridge, made famous in a poem by Robert Bly

Explore Milan further since this is just a tiny preview. There's even more information available at the Western Minnesota Prairie Waters website.

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