New Film Brings Dynamic History to Life for Split Rock Lighthouse Visitors, Plus Free Day in June

For immediate release

Release dated: 
May 21, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Lee Radzak • Split Rock Lighthouse • 218-226-6372 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Split Rock Lighthouse
Address: 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd., Two Harbors MN 55616
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 218-226-6372

New Film Brings Dynamic History to Life for Split Rock Lighthouse Visitors, Plus Free Day in June

Split Rock Lighthouse is pleased to announce that a new film will be shown in the visitor center beginning June 1. The film features first-person accounts, historic footage, and dramatic visual and sound effects. In addition, high-definition footage, including stunning aerial views, brings the lighthouse into the modern day.

The new film presents an increased focus on the iron industry and the 1905 storm that led to the construction of the light station in 1910. Visitors will also gain a clearer connection to the families who lived at Split Rock Lighthouse and how it operated throughout its years of service.

Visitors will be encouraged to view the 13-minute film before exploring the lighthouse grounds.

In addition to the new film, June offers the following special programs:

  • Split Rock Lighthouse Open House
    June 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Enjoy the beauty and history of Minnesota's North Shore during an open house at Split Rock Lighthouse and State Park. Admission is FREE to both the Lighthouse and the State Park on this day only. Tour the light station, keeper's house and fog signal building. Stop by the Visitor Center to see exhibits on the North Shore's tourism and commercial fishing industries, and view the new film about how Split Rock Lighthouse came to be.

  • Children's Day
    June 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students; FREE for ages 17 and under and MNHS members.

    Take a tour designed with children in mind and learn what life was like for families who lived at the light station in the early 1900s. Children can join in special games and participate in a scavenger hunt. Admission is free for children ages 17 and under.

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.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at 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.