Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center celebrates 50 years of shining a light on shipping

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The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center is having a golden moment. It turns 50 years old on Friday.

They celebrated a day early with some cake. And they brought out a few extra pieces from the collection.

“The maritime museum does a great job capturing and telling the story of the role the Great Lakes play in American history,” commented Mark Eckel, who is from Minneapolis.

Another visitor, Tamara Sather, added, “I see something new each time I come visit. Seeing the progression of the ships and how they’ve changed. Wow, this goes so far back!”

And you can expect to see a few changes ahead.

“One of my goals is so try and rotate exhibits a little more, and get things out from collection storage and out there for people to see,” shared Director Sara Summers-Luedtke. “And we are actively collecting materials related to Lake Superior.”

Hours for the museum are: Thursday-Monday, 10am-4:30pm. It is free. 218-788-6430

600 Canal Park Drive, Duluth

The Army Corp of Engineers and the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association work together to run and support the center.

They estimate, based electronic counters in the park, that more than 1 million people walk through their doors each year.