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From the streets of the Twin Cities to the shores of Lake Superior, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is home to some of the Midwest's most prized science and history museums. From the streets of the Twin Cities to the shores of Lake Superior, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is home to some of the Midwest's most prized science and history museums.
Found inside the 1907 headquarters of the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad, the Duluth Iron Range Museum Depot commemorates the early pioneering history of the Duluth area. Featured exhibits include archeological dig sites, the first shipment of iron ore from Minnesota, and the vast logging companies’ activities from the turn-of-the-century.
The museum faces Agate Bay and Lake Superior, sites of the first shipment of iron ore from Minnesota. Two Harbors’ port still ships over 10 million tons of ore each year. The museum can be found near similar historic Two Harbors attractions – including the Two Harbors Lighthouse Station and the Edna G. Tugboat.
Imagine the birds-eye view of the city of Minneapolis, during the late 1920s from a new skyscraper. This view was from the 447-foot-tall Art Deco Foshay Tower, the first skyscraper built in the entire state. This historical skyscraper, designed similar to the Washington Monument, was the tallest building in the city through 1971.
In 2006, this office tower began its conversion into the W Hotel. While in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, be sure to visit this city landmark – enjoy the scenic drive in from nearby Burnsville. Take the elevator ride to the 30th floor to enter the Foshay Museum and learn about the history of this fascinating building.
Found in Canal Park near the Aerial Lift Bridge, the Lake Superior Marine Museum details the history of the Great Lakes and the part they played in the shipping industry. The museum is the Twin Ports most visited attraction, with plenty of exhibits and events fit for all ages.
Must-sees at the museum include the historic Fesnel Lens, the Model of North America on Display, and other informative exhibits detailing Duluth and the lake's role in Minnesota's history. Better yet, be sure to catch the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge in action.
From the fjords of Norway, to the isolated, rugged shoreline of Lake Superior, the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum displays the extensive history of Minnesota commercial fishing. Must-sees include the Fish House Exhibit, the Fisherman's Exhibits, and plenty of rotating exhibits.
Visitors will also become immersed in a massive collection of maritime artifacts – including over 3,000 photographs, authentic fishing gear, and more. Other exhibits include the Lakewalk, an outdoor exhibit showcasing the "Life of the Lake" in areas near Duluth along the western shore of Lake Superior.
Commemorating the region's Historic Logging Camp days, Tom’s Logging Camp is a re-creation of a 1900s logging camp and Northwest Fur Company Trading Post. The grounds include a nature trail, Hell's Creek, and eight museum buildings located alongside Lake Superior near Duluth in northern Minnesota.
Explore many exhibits, which include a trading post, harness shop, shoemakers shop and horse shoeing stall, a horse barn and blacksmith shop, bunkhouse and cook's shanty, the Knife River Fishing Museum and a Finnish Sauna. Due to harsh winter weather, the camp is open from May until October.