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Split Rock Light House Rings in June With Open House and Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse, a jewel in the crown of the Society's network of 26 historic sites and museums, offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in the 1920s in this remote and spectacular setting.
Visitors to the popular North Shore attraction are welcomed with grand views, dramatic stories and engaging programs. In June, everyone is admitted free during the annual Open House, while those age 17 and under are free during Children's Day.
What: Split Rock Lighthouse Open House
When: Saturday, June 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
See the best of Minnesota's history and natural beauty at the Split Rock Lighthouse and State Park open house this June. Split Rock Lighthouse, completed in 1910, was built after a 1905 storm destroyed 29 ships, prompting some to dub Lake Superior "the most dangerous piece of water in the world." Restored to its 1920 appearance, the lighthouse is now one of Minnesota's most recognizable landmarks.
Admission is free to both the lighthouse and and park. Tour the light station, keeper's house and fog signal building. Afterward, guests are encouraged to stop by the Visitor Center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries. A film about the early shipping industry on Lake Superior will also be shown.
What: Children's Day
When: Saturday, June 22
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students; free for MHS members and ages 17 and under.
Split Rock Lighthouse celebrates Children's Day by opening its doors to families with free admission for those 17 years of age and under. This popular annual event features tours geared towards children, special games and a scavenger hunt. Lighthouse staff will also tell stories of children who lived at the light station.
About Split Rock Lighthouse
The Minnesota Historical Society site is located in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on U.S. Hwy. 61, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of life in this remote and spectacular setting. Tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building and the restored keeper’s dwelling. The visitor center features an award-winning film, exhibits and a museum store. For more information, call 218-226-6372.
About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.