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North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum

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Address: 7136 W Highway 61, Tofte, MN 55615-8615
Phone Number: (218) 663-7050
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Fun visit - cool history!

Nice little place, well kept and attended. Lots of interesting photos and some real boats that have fished the big lake. It was a $3 donation to stop in and well worth it. I'm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little place, well kept and attended. Lots of interesting photos and some real boats that have fished the big lake. It was a $3 donation to stop in and well worth it. I'm glad we did. We also took a lovely evening cruise out of Silver Bay Marina that was hosted by the Tofte Historical Society. It was highlighted... More 

Thank MollyAW1234
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting little museum. Tells of the life of the early commercial fisherman who settled the shore. Lots of neat artifacts from years gone by.

Thank PROV11
Elkhart Lake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Good info about the early fishing industry along Lake Superior shores. Personal stories and nice displays, including made-by-hand boat, brings an understanding of the tough life of the hardy early residents of the shoreline.

Thank brucebal513
Grand Marais
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great historical treasure! Nice collection of artifacts, but what makes this worth the stop is the staff who not only provide information but fun stories as well.

Thank Diane S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This museum was close to the Resort and easy to access. The Resort Shuttle was offered for transport, however, we chose to walk as it is in walking distance.

Thank Vincent I
Cotton MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you are interested in history or fishing this is a must. The people who were at the museum knew the locals who mad history in the area. They were full of stories and knowledge. So gled we went.

Thank Mark1539
Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Housed in a red replica of a twin fish house in Bluefin Bay in Tofte, MN, the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum tells the story of commercial fishing on Lake Superior through artifacts, old photos, actual equipment used, and oral accounts from fishermen. Three things I liked about the museum were (1)location is right on highway 61 and easy to... More 

1 Thank Joan W
Lutsen, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

If you are interested in the fishing families of the North Shore this is the place to go. The exhibits are good and videos very interesting. The Lake walk along the shore if Lake Superior has several interesting stops and exhibits.

1 Thank ANNA H
San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The pictures, videos, and actual objects--fishing nets, sinkers, scales, fish boxes and a real boat gave us a picture of what life was like on Lake Superior. While small, the museum was attractive to both kids and adults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Before you head off of Highway 61 to enjoy the scenery, be sure to stop here to get good maps and helpful information. The representative at the information desk was VERY HELPFUL! The museum also provides some rich history on the area.

1 Thank 2TravelersMn

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