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Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center presents the cultural and natural history of the Gunflint Trail. Chik-Wauk Museum has interpretive and interactive displays that present the area’s cultural history from its prehistoric beginnings to the development of today’s unique, rural community. Chik-Wauk Nature Center aims to reveal the magic of nature along the Gunflint trail for young and old alike. We invite you to immerse your senses in all that the natural area has to offer. Outside, a network of nature trails crisscrosses Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds. Plan to immerse yourself in the Gunflint Trail forest with Chik-Wauk's family-focused, self-guided naturalist program, which includes activity packs for use on the Chik-Wauk grounds. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District. Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center is closed for the season. It opens back up for the season on May 26, 2018
Reviewed June 14, 2014

I can't really rate it, but I didn't want to detract or add to the overall rating. We had a nice drive up Gunflint Trail and hoped to learn about the history of it, as the brochures indicated. The problem is, nowhere in the literature did we see that the museum does not open until Memorial Day weekend. A little disappointing, but that's what we get for going just before the season starts!

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

Every detail was well executed. In addition to great graphic signs and a wonderful layout for flow, everything is accessible, for instance there are two sitting areas with cushy club chairs in the corners surrounded by low bookcases with books, and lots of natural light all over. The windows to the east look out over the river. Great gift shop. Fun interactive displays. Staff is knowledgeable and very friendly. I was blown away, and learned later that the museum was indeed designed by the group of architects that designs presidential libraries.

Thank Lori C
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

My husband and I spent a couple of hours at this interesting museum and nature center this week. The drive to get there from Grand Marais is beautiful and the road is bordered by wonderful forest and sparkling lakes.

Since it's early in the season, there was only one other couple browsing in the museum while we were there.

We were welcomed warmly by a woman behind the desk who explained the layout of the museum and what there was to see while we were there. The displays are very well done and interesting as they tell the history of the Gunflint Trail. It started out with a diorama which showed flora and fauna of the region.

One of the most interesting things about the museum is the historical information about the lodges that dot the area around the Gunflint Trail. In fact, the museum itself is in a refurbished lodge building made of stone. The lodge site was sold to the government and all of the buildings were removed except for the lodge. There are several videos that you can play for further information. Really, you could spend several hours in the museum if you took time to sit down and read all of the things that are located within.

You certainly can't beat the admission price. It was $3 for each of us.

There are a few trails that leave from the museum, but since the mosquito population was fierce, we decided to save them for another time.

Thank Marsha W
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

So happy this museum was opened. It is worth the long, but gorgeousness drive up the glorious Gunflint Trail. The scenery is beautiful and staff friendly. There is no charge, they ask for donation. A refurbished lodge hold the historical artifacts and history, small but charming. A must see if you are in the area.

Thank rtcollin
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are interested in the history of the Gunflint trail, the pioneers, and original inhabitants, it's logging days, it's mining stories, and the adventurous folks responsible for the Gunflint trail then this is your stop. Near the end of the Gunflint trail, Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center can answer all you questions and will surprise you with things you don't know about Northern Minnesota. Lots of trails to hike. Including some that are disability friendly. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville
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