The Canal Park Marine Museum provides displays, historic artifacts and programs that explain the roles of Duluth and Superior in Great Lakes shipping and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in maintaining the nation's waterways.
Operated as a visitors center by the Corps of Engineers, the museum offers the best view in the city for watching vessels entering and leaving Duluth harbor. Exhibits include the interior of a Great Lakes freighter pilothouse, an extensive collection of historic artifacts, passenger cabins from old boats, films, a large display on Corps activities around the lakes and a collection of models that show the development of the Great Lakes freighter. Outdoor exhibits include a ship's propeller, capstan and anchors, including a rare "McDougall" anchor used aboard a whaleback steamer. Plans call for a Corps of Engineers tugboat to be installed as an additional outdoor exhibit. Interpretive programs and films are offered during the summer. There is no admission charge to the museum or any of its programs.
Crowds often gather at the museum to watch vessels entering and leaving port, and visitors are free to wander the walkway along the ship canal during good weather. The museum is adjacent to the Duluth LakeWalk, a four-mile paved bike path and pedestrian walkway along Lake Superior's shore. Restaurants, shops and motels are nearby.
Hours of operation vary by season. Summer hours generally are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; spring and fall hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The museum is located along the Duluth ship canal at the Aerial Lift Bridge. Take Interstate 35 into Duluth and exit at Lake Avenue. Follow Lake Avenue toward the Aerial Bridge in the historic Canal Park district. For more information, call (218) 727-2497.
The museum is supported by the
Lake Superior Marine Museum Association
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