Special Exhibits

The former packing floor of the mill, now Mill Commons, now features the museum store, cafe, changing exhibits, and visitor information. The exhibits are free to the public during regular museum hours and change two to three times per year.

“St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift”

April 19–June 24, 2018

St. Croix river flowing through a valley of trees in early fall.

Photographs by renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values.  200 miles of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, which includes its major tributary the Namekagon, was established as one of the original eight rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Blacklock’s photographs allow you to see the St. Croix Watershed through the eyes of a naturalist and artist.  You glide with Blacklock through rapids in his kayak and soar with eagles and trumpeter swans looking down with wonder at the meandering, island-strewn river far below. Discover the breadth of the rivers in magnificent panoramas, as well as woodland birds and spring ephemerals you might otherwise miss.