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Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage

#15 of 73 in Museums in Minnesota
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  • This was one of the great fur trading posts of the voyageur era. The video and museum displays in the visitor center tell the story. There are also some reconstructed buildings here.  more »
  • If you are in the area, worth the trip. Nice heritage center, etc to get a history lesson of the area. Cool place!  more »
  • We stopped here on a Spring Break road trip, driving from Thunder Bay towards Duluth, MN. Unfortunately, the visitor center was closed due to carpet installation, but a staff member was kind enough to...  more »
  • I brought my wife here on July 24, 2016. This place is freaking awesome! Any history buff will love walking the palisade wall and going inside the structures. The originals were destroyed by fire (lightning) strike decades ago but they were rebuilt and are pretty accurate. There's hands on learning for kids. There's pelts, coloring activities, an Indian village and a canoe which they can touch. They let me sit down and color the kids activity pages which is not creepy in any way even though I'm 33. Can't wait to actually bring my kids along next week. If anyone pretends to be Daniel Day Lewis we can play Last of The Mohicans and shoot finger guns at each other.
  • Great display and film about the area. The people were very friendly and were willing to spend time with us to explain what was available at the Monument. This is a location that has a stamp for your Passport to your national parks.
  • Great movie at vistor center. Exhibts at stockade and people there in period dress using period hand tools were very interesting. Very worthwhile. Thourghly enjoyed the experience.
  • Always worth a visit. Spend a few hours walking through the visitors center and old trading post. You may encounter a few characters dressed in period costumes that will fill you in on some interesting fur trading history.
  • The movie at the museum is outstanding. Make sure to see it first before walking around.