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“Excellent Museum!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Lake Superior Railroad Museum
506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802
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Ranked #12 of 47 Attractions in Duluth
Type: Museums
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Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Excellent Museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We took our 4 year old to the Railroad Museum and he absolutely loved it. It was a fascinating step back for anyone! They have done a fantastic job of making it interesting for all.

Visited September 2013
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“Nicely done”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is a beautifully done museum. Well put together and something to entertain everyone in the family. I was especially impressed by the china display - a dining car decked out in varying RR china. There were many cars to go through - the open ones are indoors, there is an outdoor area where you can view some unrestored cars from the tracks. The admission was a little much, but it included admission to several other museums in the same building that we did not have time for or were particularly interested in. That said I would go again.

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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“Fascinating and worthwhile.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

If visiting Duluth, don't miss this fine museum tucked away on the lower floor of the old railroad Depot in downtown. The collection of locomotives and other railroad cars is impressive, and the history of northern-tier US railroading is very interesting.

Visited August 2013
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Savage, Minnesota, United States
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“Waste of time, sadly”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I was super excited to do the "scenic" railroad trip up along Lake Superior. Sadly, it was "scenic" for a very short period of time. Each train car was packed; the AC in the car we were in was not working so it was uncomfortable (and the weather outside was maybe 70) and stagnant. We could not hear the person giving us information. The train rambled slowly along city streets and neighborhoods and trees - with only 10-15 minutes of traveling near Lake Superior. Honestly, I was counting the minutes until it was done. (This was a 90 minute tour.) The last half of the trip was difficult as many little children were screaming or fussing.

My suggestion to the railroad: Do a family tour and then do an all adult tour the next trip.

We were not the only ones frustrated. One woman at the end of the trip had the same complaints and gave them to the ticket booth man. He did not respond. I, instead, decided to post my thoughts on tripadvisor.com.

I would not recommend this trip at all.

Visited September 2013
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Minneapolis, MN
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“For train buffs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

If one old train looks pretty much like another to you, you are probably wasting your time (and considerable money) visiting here. If you have some interest (and you can always find something interesting here), you can do it in a couple hours. If you are somebody interested in trains, or especially a KID interested in trains, it may take you 3 or 4 hours. The assortment of trains was considerable-- six long tracks inside and 4 outside, plus two fully outfitted "sidings"-- assorted ancillary railroad equipment, a big model train layout, and an extensive old "main street" of shops typical of the age. There is some unique equipment, like a rolling log loader and a segmented, 128-ft. engine that was just huge. The snowplow videos (two of them) were downright exciting, don't miss them if you go. You can't go in many of the cars, but enough, I think, or you would be there all day.

Visited August 2013
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