The William A. Irvin, S.S. houses the Ore Boat Museum, and visitors can tour the majestic vessel to learn about the tons of iron ore the boat transported, or the elegant banquets and dinners it once hosted. Group rates available.
The Tweed Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and covers over 15,000 square feet of exhibition space in nine galleries. It displays over 4,000 exhibits of art dating back to the 15th century. Closed Mondays.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is one of the world's largest private holding of important original documents and manuscripts. The Museum features a rotating exhibit designed to focus on 26 documents at any one time. The documents are educational and entertaining. Topics are presented from the fields of history, music, science, literature and art. The Museum is free for everyone.
Visitors can climb up into the cab of one of the world's largest steam locomotives and take the throttle of the huge Yellowstone Class Mallet. Learn more about the history of railroading in Minnesota as people view the "William A Crooks", the state's first steam engine.
Film shows, model ships, and exhibits display the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. The maritime museum is on Canal Park, where visitors can watch ships and carriers pass under the famous Aerial Lift Bridge.
The Museum's mission is to be a place for the children and families of the area to learn about other peoples and cultures of the world.