The Main Exhibit Hall
Celebrate the history and heritage of Lake Superior in our museum. 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.
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.
This mural shows the complete human history of the area starting with pre- contact Anishinaabe life ways and ending with the present day. Along the way, the mural illustrates how changing industries (trapping, logging, farming, fishing, etc.) impact the land and in turn affect the different species that can live in the altered landscape. This project was made possible through fundraising of the Friends of the Center, Alliance Ltd.
Did you know that Ashland is the Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin? Stop by our front desk and pick up a copy of the mural walking tour.
Now On Display
Women and Water: Woven Portraits from Around the World
Award winning artist Mary Burn’s beautiful jacquard weavings will be showcased at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center June 13-October 16.
Visit her gallery to learn about this exhibit.
Red Cliff Pow-Wow Portraits: A Celebration of Community
A new exhibit Red Cliff Pow-Wow: Portraits of Honor, Dedication, and Celebration by artist David Stock will be on display from May 23—October 16, 2023. David has been painting Red Cliff dancers and has more than 25 portraits in the exhibit.