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The twine ball is a piece of Americana that is often the standing joke for the most ridiculous... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2023
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Richland, Washington
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Love Minnesota History. Small-town America trying to show off what they have to share about their... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

So I drove to Darwin from Minneapolis - Took about 1.5 hours to get there. Dawin seems to be a very quiet town (ghost town almost). As you turn from the major roadway, there is is a sight to behold... Almost the 8th Wonder of the World... I did listen to the Weird Al song as I drove there which made it even all the more better. It's just something to see if you want to waste a couple hours and see the area outside the big city. I liked it and thought it was worth. Took a couple pics and even seen the closed Twine Ball Inn (I wish it was opened to grab something to eat). Plenty of parking . The gift shop was closed but did give a phone number to call to see if someone could swing by and open it. LOL!!

Date of experience: April 2022
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Reviewed June 16, 2021 via mobile

Was exactly what were expecting minus availability of the gift shop and museum. There was a phone number to call to see if available to meet and open for visitors. We didn’t hear back while still in Darwin. Still happy we went.

Road next to ball was Weird Alley, a nod to the song by “Weird” Al Yankovich.

Date of experience: June 2021
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Reviewed July 11, 2019

Francis Johnson started rolling scrap twine from his family farm and nearby neighbors. Each piece is connected by a square knot. Roadside attraction while passing through the area. There is a small museum and gift shop behind the ball of twine. Be sure to sign the guest book in the mailbox. Ample street parking.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

Plenty of parking along the street. The Twine Ball is always on display in a glass enclosure out in front of the gift shop. You can see the ball pretty well although there is a good reflection off the glass enclosure which can hinder getting a good photo. My wife took photos from underneath tree nearby and that makes for a better photo (it hides some of the sun glare). You cannot go inside the enclosure so you aren't able to get directly near the ball. The place isn't very busy so there is plenty of opportunity to spend time alone with the ball. If you're a fan of the Weird Al song or enjoy odd roadside attractions then it's must visit. While we were there the gift shop was closed with a sign to call and see if the person was able to come help. It was Mother's Day so we didn't want to disturb and therefore didn't go in.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

Believe it or not, this has been on my 'to do' list for many years, and my friend and I finally made it to Darwin, MN to take a look. The extremely large ball of twine is in a plexiglass hut, with some informative panels about its creation and the dedication of Meeker County native, Francis A. Johnson, to his ball of twine. Visiting the ball o' twine is free, but sadly, we were out of season for the little museum and gift shop. While just going to the ball of twine may seem like a long trip for not much, we made it part of our road trip to see other roadside attractions west of the Twin Cities, and made it a lot of fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
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