Tour Fur Post & Ojibwe Camp

Hear about the adventures of fur trader John Sayer, the voyageurs, and the nearby Ojibwe trading partners while you see for yourself where they worked and lived.

Guided 40-minute introductory tours of the historic site leave from the visitor center every half-hour starting when the site opens; the last tour of the day leaves at 4 pm. Visitors can also tour the site on their own.

Tours are available during the summer and fall during regular site hours.

Highlights

Tour guides take visitors along a short trail to the restored fur post. Costumed interpreters interact with guests along the way, bringing them into the daily activities of the post. Browse through items such as axes, beads, iron tools, kettles, and wool blankets while you imagine what it may have been like trading items with the clerk.

The nearby Ojibwe encampment is a typical winter wigwam used by many Ojibwe families of the time; the summer wigwams featured a much different structure. Because the Ojibwe moved around during the year to follow the harvests, they had several such houses suited to the season.

Have a group?

Group tours are available; tours last 40 minutes. We recommend two hours to allow time to explore the historic site, museum, and museum store.

  • Free on-site parking is available. Bus parking is also available.
  • $8 per person. Admission is free for the tour leader/bus driver. Payment is nonrefundable unless tours are cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • $4 discounted group rate for nonprofit organizations serving limited income audiences.
  • Please reserve your group of 20 or more people at least two weeks in advance. 
  • Call 320-629-6356 
  • Email nwcfurpost@mnhs.org

Field trips

Education programs are engaging, relevant to your curricula, and built to meet state standards. Reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.