Things To Do And See
Glensheen Historic Estate
Tour the historic Congdon mansion, Duluth’s premier estate with over 7 acres directly on the shore of Lake Superior. Glensheen features a 39-room Jacobean style mansion complete with custom designed original furnishings. The beautifully manicured grounds include formal gardens, carriage house with carriage collection, gardener’s cottage, clay tennis court and more. Completed in 1908, Glensheen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
Canal Park’s Marine Museum, drawing more visitors than any other museum on Lake Superior. Film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. At Canal Park you are within yards of giant lake carriers and foreign ships as they pass under the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge. While you are there, sit back and enjoy the beautiful gulls, and walk along the canal’s piers to its lighthouses. New exhibits on lighthouses and Lewis & Clark Bicentennial open with assistance from Lake Superior Marine Museum Association. Open year-round. No admission. Programs always free. Groups must register in advance. It’s the boatwatchers paradise. Come and enjoy it.
S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum
Flagship of the “Silver Stack” Fleet! In her working life the William A Irvin carried more than just millions of tons of rich, red iron ore; she transported dignitaries, the elite and the powerful of the day in her magnificently appointed, wood-paneled staterooms. Her guests dined at the finest table and she was the flagship of the USS Great Lakes Fleet, the Silver Stackers! Now a floating museum, the boat is permanently docked along the Duluth waterfront. Tours include the Army Corps of Engineers historic tugboat, ” Lake Superior” at no extra charge.
St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, The Depot
Known locally as the “Depot”, this historic building was constructed in 1892 and for years served as Duluth’s busiest railroad station and “Port of entry”. The “Ellis Island” of Northeastern Minnesota, the Chateauesque-style Union Depot in downtown Duluth served as a gateway to the New World for thousands of immigrants arriving by train at the turn of the century. Today vintage steam locomotives and their antique, wooden coaches still wait silently for passengers trackside in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, home of the Midwest’s largest, indoor train collection. ( See Lake Superior Railroad Museum.) Also trackside is ” Depot Square” a realistic, life-size depiciton of Downtown Duluth as it looked in 1910. One low priced admission ticket covers the railroad museum, the Saint Louis County Historical Society’s regional exhibits, exhibits by regional artists in the galleries of the Duluth Art Institute and the fun of learning in the Duluth Children’s Museum. The Depot is also home to productions of the Duluth Playhouse. The Depot is also home to other performing arts organizations. A Great Family Adventure!
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra
For seventy years, the Orchestra has performed a diverse repertoire ranging from the traditional Western European classics to the contemporary commissioned works by current composers. The Orchestra performs seven masterworks programs and three pops programs on a subscription basis. It also supports three youth ensembles as well as educational programs. It is one of the leading arts organizations of northern Minnesota.
Fitger’s Brewery Complex Museum
In 1859, Fitger’s beer ran so cold the steins had to be heated before the beer could be enjoyed. Today, enjoy the brewery, not just the specialty brews with Fitger’s Museum! Specializing in the legendary history of northern Minnesota brewing and featuring memorabilia from what was once one of the most successful breweries in the state.
Tom’s Logging Camp
An authentic replica of an early Northern Minnesota logging camp containing original tools and equipment. Tour includes eight museum buildings, gravity house, llamas, chickens, trout, pygmy goats and a nature trail. Gift shop features jewelry, pottery, wild rice, woodcraft, souvenirs and discount prices on Minnetonka Moccasins.