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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

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Open 7 Days a Week (except some holidays)
At the top of Wisconsin,
on the shores of Lake Superior
29270 County Highway G
Ashland, WI 54806


Celebrate the History and Heritage of Lake Superior

The Exhibit Hall

Exhibits at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center help you experience the history of the Northern Great Lakes Regiona

Step back in time! Listen to spirited songs of voyageurs singing as they paddle their fur laden, 35-foot birch bark canoe across Lake Superior. Peek inside an 18th century fur trade post. Feel the pulsating rumble of an explosion in a deep-shaft iron mine. Our unique displays stage an overview of human cultures interacting with the land and natural resources of the Northern Great Lakes region, from the Ice Age to the present.

Second Floor Gallery

Forest Lodge: Wunderland Northwoods Estate

Fairy Land

The exhibit, Forest Lodge: Wunderland Northwoods
Estate is now open on the second floor of the Visitor Center.
The exhibit is the fascinating story of the deep connection between three
generations of one family and the land they loved. Closing October 30th.

  • Ancestral Women: Wisconsin's 12 Tribes

NGLVC Indoor Mural

Community of Life Mural

The Community of Life Mural was completed in the spring of 2013. Artist Kelly Meredith designed six vignettes depicting the various ways that residents of the Lake Superior region have lived on and with the land we call home. The six vignettes include tributes to Native Americans, fur traders, loggers, farmers, commercial fisherpersons, and people who love the outdoors, as well as many different species of plants and wildlife.