Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Bloomington VC

The Bloomington Education and Visitor Center is also the Headquarters office for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

You can find many activities to enjoy at the refuge. Visit our Visitor Activities page for some ideas, and review our Rules and Regulations to be aware of prohibited activities.

The Bloomington visitor and education center and headquarters office are CLOSED on all federal holidays. Hours are subject to change due to weather-related or other periodic closures. Weather-related closures are listed on our Facebook page.

Federal holidays include:
  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington's Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Juneteenth Independence Day (June 19)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Rapids Lake visitor center is closed December 24-January 1

Headquarters Office Hours



Education and Visitor Center Hours

Hours of Operation: 

Walk-up Information Desk:  

  • Summer 2021 Hours: Friday, Saturdays, Sundays, 12-4 p.m.

Confluence Art Gallery at Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Visit to view exhibits in the Confluence Gallery. Due to COVID-19 exhibitions will be exclusively virtual while our Bloomington Education and Visitor Center is closed to the public.




3815 American Blvd. East

Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 952-854-5900

TTY: 1-800-877-8339


Type the above address into your GPS.  If you type in "Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge", Google, Bing, and Mapquest will bring you to the refuge's Louisville Swamp Unit in Shakopee, MN. 

Driving Directions:

From Interstate 494, exit 34th Avenue and head south. Proceed east on American Blvd East for 1/4 mile to the entrance on the right.

Metro Transit:

Hiawatha Light Rail - Depart at the American Blvd/34th Avenue Station. Proceed east on American Blvd East for 1/4 mile to the entrance on the right.