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History + Culture

Take a carriage ride or walk down the brick-paved streets of old downtown. Visit antique shops and museums showcasing the arts and artifacts of the golden age of rail and sail. Tour historic mansions to marvel at the stately architecture and manicured gardens of a bygone era.


The listings below include all types of History + Culture attractions options in alphabetical order with those in the city of Duluth displayed first followed by those that are outside city limits.

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Clayton-Jackson McGhie Memorial

Clayton-Jackson McGhie Memorial E 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 336-2990

"It is by remembering the injustice of our past that we learn to live with justice in the future." Likenesses of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie are enshrined by a solemn memorial in downtown Duluth, right at the intersection where, in 1920, they were victims of a lynch mob. Falsely accused of rape, the three young African- Americans were dragged from jail, tried on the street in front of 5,000-10,000 people, and then hanged in the chaos that ensued. It was perhaps the worst day in Duluth’s history, but the opening of this memorial in 2003 helps begin the healing of the wounds of our past. All are welcome to attend the Day of Remembrance observance held annually at the Memorial on June 15.

Duluth Children's Museum

115 South 29th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 733-7543

The Duluth Children's Museum has educated and inspired children for over 80 years. We realize that play is essential to our positive mental, physical, social and emotional development. Play is so important to child development that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has determined that play is a basic right of every child. From a dinosaur dig to balls and ramps, our creative and interactive exhibits and programs are designed to spark children's curiosity through play, learning and discovery. The Duluth Children's Museum educates children in the fields of science, technology, math and science developing creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills.

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
*Closed Mondays

Daily Admission: $9.00/person ages 1 and up

Fitger's Museum

600 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-0410

In 1859, Fitger’s beer ran so cold a stein had to be heated before the beer could be enjoyed. Today within the bluestone walls of the renovated brewery, discover the Fitger’s Museum. See the copper kettle and memorabilia from what was once the most successful brewery in the state. Enjoy a trip back in time to the brewing days. Historic pictures and advertising can be seen in the Fitger’s Museum and throughout Fitger's. Shopping, dining and the Historic Fitger’s Inn. The charming Fitger’s Museum is free. Covered parking and Lakewalk access.

Open Mon-Fri/10am-5pm year-round.

Admission is free.

Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

3300 London Road
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 726-8910 • (888) 454-GLEN

"Get Wowed"
Now open for outdoor tours as of June 8! Glensheen Mansion is a 39-room mansion is perched on the shore of Lake Superior at the start of the North Shore Drive. With its intact 1908 collection and lively tour incorporating family stories, no wonder it's been voted Duluth's #1 paid attraction on TripAdvisor and the most visited house museum in the Midwest.
In addition to mansion tours, visitors enjoy Glensheen's free Wednesday night event series which happen every month. Including the popular Concerts on the Pier in July. There's always a new tour, new event or newly revealed space to check out.
Open daily, year-round. Call or visit the web site for more information.

Click on the following link to view the Glensheen Historic Estate video. view video.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

902 East First Street
Duluth, MN 55805

St. Louis County Depot

506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8025 • (888) 733-5833

Today, heritage steam locomotives and their antique, gilded, wooden coaches wait trackside in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, home of the Midwest’s largest indoor train collection. (See Lake Superior Railroad Museum and North Shore Scenic Railroad.) Also, walk the streets of Depot Square, a realistic, life-size depiction of downtown Duluth at the turn of the century. One low-priced admission ticket lets you enjoy the railroad museum plus the St. Louis Historical Society’s exhibits featuring regional history, and the Duluth Art Institute’s two galleries. The Depot is also home to the Duluth Playhouse Theater and three other area performing arts organizations including the Minnesota Ballet, Matinee Musicale and Arrowhead Chorale. Two unique museum stores offer rare items relating to the building’s past and current use.

Summer Hours: Memorial Day- Labor Day/9:30am-6pm daily.

Winter Hours: Mon-Sat/ 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm

Call for group rates, guided tours, and special exhibit information.

Tom's Logging Camp

5797 North Shore Drive
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 525-4120

Visit our replicated early logging camp with original equipment. Tour includes 8 museum buildings, gravity house, feeding tame animals and rainbow trout, and a nature trail. The gift shop has a generous jewelry selection, moccasins, pottery gifts and souvenirs. Our sandwich shop roasts our meats, uses fabulous local breads, and has homemade soup and old-fashioned ice cream. Open daily May 1-MEA Weekend in October. $5/adults; $4/children (ages 6-15); 5 and under free.

Commemorative Air Force Museum - Lake Superior Squadron

Bong Airport - 4804 Hammond Ave. | Bong Center - 305 Harbor View Parkway
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 919-3212 • (888) 816-WWII (9944)

Part of our mission statement reads "to educate, restore and preserve" military artifacts. Our museum contains numerous military artifacts and we are accomplishing our mission by displaying and providing interpreters at our displays at the Bong Heritage Center alongside their displays. Visit our museum and education center at the Bong Veterans Historical Center and our planes at the Superior Bong Airport. We offer guided or self-guided tours. Check out our website for hours. Grand opening Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at the Bong Veterans Historical Center.

Fairlawn Mansion Museum/Superior Public Museums

906 East Second Street
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 394-5712

Fairlawn was built in 1890 as the family estate of Martin Pattison, lumber and mining millionaire and 3-term mayor of Superior. This 42-room mansion recalls Superior’s boomtown days, as well as its unique, 40-year history as a Children’s Home. Today’s visitors will be impressed by the fully restored exterior and main floor rooms, with exotic woodwork, lush fabrics and spectacular, handpainted ceilings. Open year-round. $9 for adults; $7.50 for seniors (62+) and students; children 5 and under free.

Judy Garland Birthplace & Museum

2727 US Hwy 169 S • Located on U.S. Highway 169S
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 327-9276 • (800) 664-JUDY

Tour the restored 1925 historic home where America’s Treasure, Judy Garland, spent her formative years. At the adjacent Museum, see the carriage used in the Wizard of Oz, once owned by Abraham Lincoln. Enjoy a performance or documentary screening. Memorial Garden with Gazebo. Shop in Professor Marvel’s store. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Sept. April & May open Mon - Sat. Call for late autumn & winter hours. General admission for all ages"$8. One Campus"Many Attractions (includes Children’s Discovery Museum). Under age 1-free.

Minnesota Historical Society Snake River Fur Post

12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063
(320) 629-6356

Visit the reconstructed Snake River Fur Post wintering post on the Snake River. The original wintering post was built in 1804. A 40-minute guided tour of the post and Ojibwe encampment leaves the visitor center every half hour. Last tour begins at 4pm daily. Exhibits in the visitor center explore the greater fur trade story.

May: Saturdays, 10a.m. to 5 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day: Monday and Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. Open Summer Holidays.

September: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m.

September thru May group tours available by reservation.

$9/adults; $7/seniors; $6/children 6-17; free for children 5 & under. Handicap accessible.

Old Firehouse & Police Museum

402 23rd Ave. E.
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 394-5712

Built in 1898, the firehouse displays historic firefighting equipment and the history of the Superior Police Department, including memorabilia and artifacts. Also home of Wisconsin’s Police & Fire Hall of Fame, honoring Wisconsin police officers and firefighters for outstanding acts of bravery and community service.

Open seasonally. Always Free Admission.

Stairs leading to second floor.

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

305 Harbor View Parkway • Belknap & Hwys 2/53
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 392-7151 • (888) 816-WWII (9944)

A tribute to all those who fought and died, worked and waited.
Consider times when ordinary people are called on to do extraordinary things...a young farm boy takes to the sky in defense of our freedoms and makes his mark on the world...we take a stand on protecting democracy and our sons and daughters answer the call.These are the stories of our veterans-the people who have put their lives on hold to make sure we sleep safely under the blanket of Freedom. Immerse yourself in their stories and learn about Dick Bong, the US’s leading fighter pilot, and see first-hand an example of a rare P-38 Lightning, the aircraft Our“Ace of Aces” flew to fame.

Hours of Operation:
Summer (Mid-May to Mid-Oct)
Mon-Sat/9am-5pm, Sun/Noon-5pm

Winter (Mid-Oct to Mid-May)

Admission: Adults $9, Seniors and students $8. Children 7-12, $7. Children 5 and under-free. Active duty military-free. Special family and group rates available; please call for information on special programs. ADA Compliant. Easy in and out for Bus Tours.

S.S. Meteor Maritime Museum/Superior Public Museums

300 Marina Drive
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 394-5712

The last of the whalebacks! Launched right here in the Twin Ports in 1896 and designed by local inventor Captain Alexander McDougall, this uniquely shaped ship carried a variety of cargos on the Great Lakes until the 1970’s. The tour takes you through the pilot house, crews’ quarters and engine room, housing the original and impressive turn of the century triple expansion steam engine. Located on Barkers Island.

Hours: Open mid-May through Mid-October. Call for tour times.

$6.00 adults, $5.00 students/seniors, Children 5 and under are free.

Stairs & ladders throughout the ship.

Split Rock Lighthouse

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road • (45 miles N of Duluth on MN Hwy. 61)
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 226-6372

Split Rock is a "must-see" attraction for travelers to the Minnesota North Shore. It is one of America's best-preserved and most recognized lighthouses.

Tours are offered daily in summer and the Visitor Center offers displays, a film in the Theater and shopping in the Museum Store. May 15-Oct 15, Daily 10am-6pm; Oct 16-May 14, Thurs-Mon 11am-4pm (visitor center/store only).

Admission: $10 Adults,$8 Seniors (65+), $6 children (5-17).