Museums & Heritage

Duluth is rich in history and heritage, having been built on the logging, mining, and shipping industries from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Within easy walking distance from the resort is the Lake Superior Maritime Museum, which is located at the foot of a historical landmark, the Aerial Lift Bridge. A seasonal trolley ride away from the resort (June – Aug.), is the William A. Irvin Iron Ore Boat Museum, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, North Shore Scenic Railroad, St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, and the Duluth Depot. Duluth has over 30 places listed in The National Register of Historic Places to visit and enjoy. The remains of The Park Point Lighthouse, located at the end of Park Point, is one of the historic sites listed. Glensheen Mansion offers a variety of tours of the historic estate and is a guest favorite. Located on the Lakewalk is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean Veterans Memorial. The Port Town Trolley is a replica of a trolley operated in Duluth in earlier times and runs daily from 11:30am-7:00pm from June – August. It is air conditioned and provides rides from Canal Park to various museums, events, and sites within the downtown, and Bayfront areas. Children love to ride on it and it’s a great family photograph opportunity.





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Seasonal Trolley Ride

Created in 1902, the hall hosts more then 1,500 military and home-front artifacts for sightseeing. Encounter history through these attractions that feature memorials, artifacts, and stories of veterans connected to northeastern Minnesota.

506 W. Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

The Tweed Museum of Art, is one of Duluth’s museums located on the campus of UMD which holds a collection of over 7,000 art objects representing a range of culture, and periods of art history.

1207 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812
Within Walking Distance

The Duluth lighthouse on the North Pier was the last of three to be built in the harbor and is one of the largest attractions in Duluth to see. It was first illuminated on April 7, 1910. It consists of a 37-foot riveted steel tower on a steel frame, painted white, and is mounted on […]

Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth

Built in 1980 as the family residence of Martin and Grace Pattison, this Victorian home recalls the gilded age of wealthy industrialists in America. The mansion served as the Superior Childrens Home and refuge for 42 years and is now part of the historic buildings. Guided tours in the museum are available year-round.

906 E. 2nd St.
Superior, WI 54880
Within Walking Distance
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

Enjoy new exhibits from one of Duluth’s best known attractions featuring lighthouses and vessell traffic. Year-round gift shop and museum. No admission fee and programs are always free from the historic building. 24-hour Boatwatcher Hotline.

600 S. Lake Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth

The light and attached fog horn building sits within a 10-mile (16 km) long sand bar – stretching between the ports of Duluth and Superior. This attraction is a fun beach visit while seeing all that the lighthouse offers.

Superior, WI 54880
Seasonal Trolley Ride
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

This hands-on discovery center inspires guests to explore animals and habitats found in the Great Lakes Basin and other waters of the world. This is one of Duluth’s wettest attractions and museums for sightseeing different animals. The aquarium is currently home to over 900 animals. Open year round. Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm.

353 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
Seasonal Trolley Ride

The general nature and purpose of the Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history and prehistory of St. Louis County and the State of Minnesota.

506 W. Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802
Seasonal Trolley Ride

History comes alive on the Lakefront line of the North Shore Scenic Railroad! During our summer season, several trains a day depart the historic Duluth Union Depot for a trip through downtown Duluth, Canal Park, the shore of Lake Superior, and deep into the majestic north woods. Fully narrated tours tell the history of Duluth, […]

506 W. Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802
Seasonal Trolley Ride

Learn about all the Lake Superior Museums housing the finest collection of Railroad Equipment in the country. With interactive exhibits as well as historic facts from the region, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is a must-visit attraction in Duluth.

506 W. Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

Duluth Childrens Museum has been educating for over 80 years. The Childrens Museum is able to educate children in the fields of Science, Math, technology, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. Sightseeing is open year round; Winter and Summer hours vary.

115 S. 29th Ave. W.
Duluth, MN 55806
Seasonal Trolley Ride
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

At the Depot in downtown Duluth, guests will learn all about steam locomotives and the historic buildings of railroading in Minnesota. There’s something for everyone at one of Duluth’s fastest attractions. Open year round; Winter and Summer hours vary.

506 W. Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth

Dedicated on August 21, 2003, the Korean Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served in the Korean conflict. This is one of the many memorials in Duluth bringing sightseeing and historic attractions to the city.

On the Lakewalk
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth

This dedicated plaza includes three 7-foot tall bronze statues to the three men who were killed in the 1920 Duluth lynchings, where three African American circus workers were attacked and lynched by a mob, for suspicion of raping and robbing a teenage girl. There are many memorials in Duluth and these are part of the […]

East 1 St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Seasonal Trolley Ride

The Duluth Union Depot was built in 1892, served seven different rail lines, and accommodated 5,000 passengers. In 1973 it re-opened, housing the Duluth Art Institute, Lake Superior Railroad Museum, St. Louis County Historical Society, and five performing arts organizations. These museums hold many historic attractions that the city of Duluth was built off of.

506 W. Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802
Within Walking Distance

This solemn yet majestic memorial stands on the shores of Lake Superior which has been helping veterans and their families throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin for more than 20 years. The manner in which help is provided continues to change in response to the needs of the veteran community. Originally, the organization formed a […]

P.O Box 16975
Duluth, MN 55816
Located in Duluth

Immerse yourself in the veteran’s stories from these memorials and attractions by learning about Dick Bong, the US’s leading fighter pilot. The Richard Bong Bridge is a dedication to those who put their life on the line. “A tribute to all those who fought and died, worked and waited”.

305 Harbor View Pkwy
Superior, WI 54880
Within Walking Distance
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

The William A. Irvin was a proud flagship of the U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Fleet and is now one of Duluth’s most historic attractions. Museum is open for tours. Kids 10 and younger get in FREE with paid adult. Check out the William A. Irvin Haunted Ship in October. www.duluthhauntedship.com

350 Harbor Dr.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth
Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

Sustaining visual arts in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Features exhibitions, museums, culture and artist services .

506 W. Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in Duluth

At the far end of Park Point stands a lonely monument representing a significant era of the Duluth-Superior Harbor history. The ruins of the old Minnesota Point Lighthouse stand tribute to a long faded memory of our rich nautical heritage making this one of Duluth’s famous attractions.

Duluth, MN 56802
Located in Duluth
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Rainy Day Fun, Summer, Winter

Glensheen Mansion offers historic tours of this 39-room mansion with grand gardens & trails. Enjoy the 1908 collection and lively tour incorporating the family stories. One of Duluth’s largest attractions is this museum with it’s historic buildings and mansion all within one space. Open year round.

3300 London Rd.
Duluth, MN 55804
Up the North Shore
Family-Oriented, Kids Fun, Outdoor, Summer, Winter

Split Rock Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark and State Park in MN. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station soon became one of Minnesota’s best known landmarks and historic buildings. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the light station offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular […]

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd
Two Harbors, MN 55616