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The Duluth Depot, Duluth

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The Duluth Depot is a historic train station in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. The union station was built in 1892, served seven different rail lines, and accommodated 5,000 passengers. In 1973 it re-opened as the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, housing the Duluth Art Institute, Lake Superior Railroad Museum (which operates the North Shore Scenic Railroad), St. Louis County Historical Society Museum, a Veteran's Memorial Hall, and five performing arts organizations. Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) provided rail service to the station from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.DescriptionThe Depot is located at 506 West Michigan Avenue in the shadow of the elevated I-35, which runs immediately southeast of the depot. (On the southeast side of the Duluth Harbor Basin of Lake Superior.) The depot is easily accessible from northeast bound I-35 by way of the Michigan Avenue interchange (exit 256A). It is also fairly accessible from southwest bound I-35 by way of the Lake Avenue/5th Avenue West interchange (exit 256B). (However, since West Michigan Avenue is a one-way street, vehicular traffic must turn northwest onto South 5th Avenue West, southwest onto West Superior Street, and then southeast onto South 6th Avenue West before reaching West Michigan Avenue.) The station has one side platform and three island platforms that provide access to its seven tracks. The outer southeast active track is utilized by the North Shore Scenic Railroad, with the remainder being used to display various trains and train cars by the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.
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  • We visited and took my grandsons on their first train ride. They loved it, it was beautiful riding up along the lakeshore. The ride was just over an hour or so, and that was perfect for a 3 and a 5 ye...  more »
  • One of Duluth's most interesting Historic sites for the entire family. I love taking engagement had graduation photos here. The natural lighting on the trains and wooden door makes exciting pictures. ...  more »
  • Trains you can enter and view equivalent to the Smithsonian. Many in working condition and sometimes rides are offered.  more »
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  • We loved this museum, and so did our 3-year-old. There were plenty of real train cars to explore, as well as a nice model railroad display and wire a few toy train tables for children. There are other historical exhibits unrelated to trains within the depot, but we didn't explore all of them.
  • They always throw great events for families. It is sort of expensive if you are not middle class or if you have a large family but I really enjoyed the Pumpkin Patch train ride and the Christmas event they have.
  • Great museum. They didn't seem very committed to folks paying to get in, though. The ticket desk is a little oddly placed based on where the entrances are. Saw a few folks wandering around without wristbands. Maybe that's a plus for some?
  • The trains are awesome, the exhibits are well done. My 2.5 year old could have played all day. Going inside the trains was his favorite.
  • Lots of trains and equipment to look at. Lots of information on the different types of trains and cars used by the railroad. Definitely worth the visit if you enjoy trains.