Darwin, Minnesota: Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

200-298 N. 1st St., Darwin, MN
Hwy 12 to Darwin, turn left onto 1st St./CR 14. The twine ball will be on the left, next to the water tower.
Lit at night. Twine Ball Museum open daily in summer.
RA Rates:
The Best
Save to My Sights

Largest Ball of Twine.

Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota
The late Francis Johnson's famous giant ball, now the centerpiece of the town. There are four giant twine balls in America, but this is the only one with its own song. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [06/16/2019]

Visitor Tips and News About Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

World's Largest Twine Ball

A tip for twine ball visitors: if you can't find the caretaker to let you into the museum and gift shop, just walk into any of the 5 or 6 businesses on the main street in Darwin. We found him across the street at the tavern/restaurant. We asked real nice and he also opened the door on the gazebo so we could take a photo not through the blurry plexiglas. Warning -- opening that door unleashed the largest whiff of pure allergens I've ever experienced. I'm still sneezing! The Darwin twine ball rules, and remember, all the others are fakes. Made by one man!

[Deke Dickerson, 10/14/2010]
Twineball Day

I just got back from the twineball and I just had to inform you that Twineball Day is the second Saturday in August not the second weekend. It was pretty cool and the people in Darwin are verrrrrrrry friendly. I had a beer at the Country Tavern and some fried bread at The Twineball Inn. Between myself and two other people, we spent $120 on souvenirs including t-shirts, bumper stickers, miniature souvenoir balls of twine, shot glasses, magnets, cup coolers and coffee mugs. Also if you happen to be on your way to Darwin on the 14th of August, it also happens to be Corn Day in one of the nearby towns.

[D00Dlove, 08/24/1999]
World's Largest Ball of Twine Made by One Man

As RA fans, we always make it a point to visit sites in RA at least twice. So when we went to Darwin, MN on August 4th, 1998 to see the Largest Ball of Twine Made By One Man, as it is now known, a little gift shack had opened up next to the plexiglass-encased ball. The woman who 'works' there was kind enough to let us in to see, touch and smell the ball. She talked our ears off about Francis Johnson. More interestingly, at the Twine Ball Inn across the street (kitty-corner to the park), they have amassed Francis' belongings, including "a plier" (direct quote from the friendly Darwinian) that he carved out of wood that unfolds to make over twenty smaller pliers. The handles are like a large puzzle of pliers. There's a saloon next to the Inn that also has some of Francis' collection. He must have never thrown anything away. We highly suggest visiting the ball when the happy, ultra-friendly tour guide is there.

[Sue and Greg Herder, 08/18/1998]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mushroom BuildingMushroom Building, Dassel, MN - 5 mi.
Statue of the Singing Hutchinson BrothersStatue of the Singing Hutchinson Brothers, Hutchinson, MN - 14 mi.
Grasshopper Assumption ChapelGrasshopper Assumption Chapel, Cold Spring, MN - 25 mi.
In the region:
Two-Headed Pig, St. Cloud, MN - 33 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

September 17, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Minnesota Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Capital City Museum, Frankfort, Kentucky (Sep 16-22, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Darwin, Minnesota

Nightly rates found:

Book Now