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Museum Interest Survey

The VIP Club is considering the possibility of organizing a day trip to a Minnesota museum or a historic site outside the metro area. The last three years, we’ve organized an August river cruise; this year we’d like to try the highways, i.e. a bus ride.   Our plan would be to hire a Northfield Lines Bus.  This is a 56-passenger motor coach featuring large panoramic windows, large multiple video monitors, a DVD system and AM/FM stereo with CD player. The bus seats are comfortable cloth reclining seats with leather headrests and footrests, personal reading lights, and a spacious restroom in the rear of the bus. For those of us with walkers or wheelchairs there is plenty of space in the luggage compartment and the bus kneels to bring the steps down low making it easier to enter and exit for those of us with mobility issues.
     The excursion cost, not including the lunch stop, would normally be $25 or less per person.  This activity coordinator is Director Gish Devlaminck with support from the board.

Venue Options: 

  • Fagen Fighters Museum - Granite Falls, from Eagan estimate total tour time is nine hours. http://www.fagenfighterswwiimuseum.org/ Could also include a stop at the Volstead House https://volsteadhouse.org/, also in Granite Falls [They have a rebuilt WWII glider that came out of St. Paul's factory on Minnehaha Avenue. ERA began in that factory in 1946.]
  • Glensheen Mansion - Duluth, from Eagan estimated total tour time from Eagan is ten hours. http://glensheen.org/. [Beautiful gardens and views of Lake Superior too.]
  • Hinckley Fire Museum - Hinckley, from Eagan estimated total tour time is eight hours. http://hinckleyfiremuseum.com/ [?lunch at the casino?]
  • Spam Museum - Austin, from Eagan, estimated total tour time is eight hours. http://www.spam.com/museum

Agenda for excursion:

  1. 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Check in at the UNISYS Eagan parking lot, North side.  
  2. 8:15 AM – 8:30 AM board the bus, a bottle of water will be available for personal hydration during the ride. 
  3. 8:30 AM: Depart for the destination, honk & wave at late arrivals? :-)   [If the destination is North of the Twin Cities, an optional pickup in the Roseville area will be planned.]
  4. Ride time, lunch stop, tour the museum, etc.  Times will vary somewhat based on the destination, lunch place, and photo op stop points.
  5. 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM arrive back at the parking lot  [remember to take camera and personal belongs off the bus.] :-)

Your Feedback:

Use one of two methods to submit your your August activity interests. We need your survey before February 5th so that we can get the survey results into the March/April newsletter.

  1. Print page 2 of this screen, cut off the form, fill it in, and then mail to VIP Club - Tour Survey, P.O. Box 131748, Roseville, MN 55113-0020  OR
  2. Send an e-mail to Gish Devlaminck [membership@vipclubmn.org] with the data which would have been on the printed form, i.e. destinations you'd be interested in and might you have a traveling companion.

Survey Form


Member Name ____________________________________________ E-mail address ________________________@_________ . _____
Please enter your interest in one, two, or all of the following.
A. Fagen Fighter/Glider Museum  Yes ______ No______ Been there____
B. Glensheen Mansion Museum   Yes  _____ No _____  Been there ___
C. Hinckley Fire Museum            Yes _____  No _____  Been there ___
D. Austin Spam Museum            Yes  ____  No _____  Been there ___

____ might be touring [enter 1 or 2]. A spouse or friend may want to accompany you!
____________________________________________________________________________________.

F I L L - I N,  T H E N  M A I L  by February 2nd to : VIP Club - Tour Survey, P.O. Box 131748, Roseville, MN 55113-0020    Thank you!