• Embarrass, Minnesota

      Photo by Peter Thody
      The small town of Embarrass is famous for two things. Firstly, its bitterly cold temperatures. It's not unusual for the thermometer to drop to below -45F in winter, and in 2005 residents recorded an unofficial -64F! And secondly, there are its historic buildings and homesteads, reflecting the predominance of Finnish immigrants who founded the town in 1905 and still make up a significant proportion of the population. If you're visiting during the summer on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, book onto the 1:00 pm Sisu Heritage Homestead Tour.

      If you go:
      Wondering where the name Embarrass came from? It's a French word meaning "To hinder or be complicated" and was given to the nearby river due to obstacles and debris that slowed the progress of French explorers. The township simply took on the same name.


      Nelimark Homestead Museum
      4839 Salo Rd,
      Embarrass, Minnesota 55732 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (218) 984-2084