Darwin’s Twine

Labor Day weekend in Minnesota signals the beginning of the end of motorcycle season, so it’s always a great time to hop on the bike and visit out-of-town friends. Yesterday, our trip took us through Darwin, Minnesota, the home of the world’s largest ball of twine created by a single individual. Being fans of Sam & Max, and the sort of people who visit places like the potato museum, we stopped.

I was expecting high kitsch and every available opportunity taken to separate us from our tourist dollars. I was pleasantly surprised. The museum itself was free, although it did offer souvenirs.

Darwin, MN
Sadly for Sam & Max fans, the museum is behind the ball of twine, not inside.

The whole place was closed, as you would expect late on a holiday-weekend Friday.


We had no problem seeing the twine. Seats were set out for us to sit and watch the captive.

Big Twine

We didn’t even need to go inside to find out why this thing was ever created.


They very much wanted us to be able to sign the guest book, even with the museum closed.


And the guest book itself was clearly a work of love.

Guest Book

We couldn’t even spend money at the little cafe across the street.

Twine Ball Inn
Sam & Max fans will note that the restaurant is not actually atop the ball of twine.

So it was time to get back on the road, with one last look for good measure.


It wasn’t at all what I expected, and I’m okay with that. I do wish the museum had been open, though. I suspect the folks inside would have been as much fun to talk to as the giant ball of twine was to visit.

Darwin’s Twine
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