Tales from the Past

By Explore Minnesota

Discover fascinating historic sites, museums and attractions across northeast Minnesota, ranging from lofty lighthouses to underground mines.

Minnesota Discovery Center
Chisholm: Hwy. 169
History and heritage of Iron Range; museum exhibits,historic homesteads, folk art demonstrations, trolley tours.
Tues.-Sat. (& Sun. in summer)

Glensheen mansionGlensheen Estate
Duluth: London Rd. north of downtown
Tours of 1908 Congdon mansion, carriage house, gardens.
Daily Memorial Day weekend to mid-Oct; weekends rest of year.

William A. Irvin Tour
Duluth: Harbor Drive, Canal Park
Guided tours of the William A. Irvin ore freighter.
Daily May-late Sept.

Lake Superior Maritime Museum
Duluth: Canal Park
Films, model ships and exhibits on commercial fishing on Lake Superior.
Daily spring-fall; Fri.-Sun. in winter.

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum
Eveleth: off Hwy. 53
The “National Shrine of American Hockey” features memorabilia and historic displays recognizing nearly 150 hockey greats.
Daily in summer; Fri.-Sun. rest of year.

Grand Portage National MonumentGrand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage: off Hwy. 61
Reconstruction of a 1780s North West Company stockade; focus on fur trade history and Ojibwe Indian culture.
Daily Memorial Day weekend to mid-Oct.

Forest History Center
Grand Rapids: off Hwy. 169 & Hwy. 2
Recreated 1900 logging camp with costumed characters, fire tower, 1930s ranger cabin.
Tues.-Sat. in summer.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Gunflint Trail: 55 mi. from Grand Marais
In 1930s resort lodge, with exhibits on cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail.
Daily in summer to mid-Oct.

North West Company Fur Post
Pine City: Hwy. 7 west of I-35
Replica of 1804 winter fur post and Ojibwe encampment.
Thurs.-Mon. in summer

Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Soudan: Hwy. 169
Mine tours with stories of mining a century ago; also tour an underground physics lab.
Daily Memorial Day weekend through Sept.; weekends until mid-Oct.

Bois Forte Heritage Center
Tower: Off Co. Rd. 77 at Fortune Bay Resort
Exhibits on Bois Forte Ojibwe Indian history and culture.
Tues.-Sat. year-round.

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Two Harbors: Hwy. 61 20 mi. NE of Two Harbors
Tours of 1910 lighthouse, fog-signal building and light keeper’s home; visitors’ center with film and exhibits.
Open daily mid-May to mid-Oct.