North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Tofte

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The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum is a museum in Tofte, Minnesota, dedicated to the history of the Scandinavian immigrants and communities of the North Shore region of Lake Superior, and especially their importance to the national commercial fishing industry of the 1880s to 1940s. It is Minnesota's first museum dedicated to commercial fishing.
The Norwegian American newspaper called the museum an important chronicle of Scandinavian immigrant history, saying the museum "offers the region’s most complete explanation of North Shore commercial fishing history." Nina Gadomski, author of 2005 book Great Midwest Country Escapes, called it "a great little museum". Mike Whye of the Des Moines Register said that the museum is "small, but it gives a fine account of the industry that drove this part of the state for decades."
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  • What a great place to learn about fishing of the Great Lake Superior. The museum is very nice to say the least. What really helps it to stand out is Bill the host, so friendly and giving of...  more »
  • My husband went to this museum on a rainy day not expecting to find a very engaging museum that had loads of info about fishing, but also info about life on the north shore. Stay for the film about.....  more »
  • Small but nice museum. You could spend anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour in this self guided museum. Many neat local artifacts and local history. The guy working there was great and gave us lots of information on the area. It's a cheap activity ($3 for adults) and we would stop again.
  • Fantastic place of historical interest. Wonderful host. Tiny but Packed with treasures.

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