Split Rock Lighthouse

Lighthouse next to Lake Superior at sunset

Come for the view, stay for the story

Lighthouse next to Lake Superior at sunset

Come for the view, stay for the story

Behold 1000 watts of ship-stopping power! Experience the sights, the history, and the technology behind this signature Minnesota landmark anchored on the rocky coast of Lake Superior.

The light on at dusk, with the fog signal at the right and a crescent moon in the background

Upcoming events

2019 Annual Meeting Livestream -Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Thu., Nov 7, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sun., Nov 10, 2019, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

The most dangerous piece of water in the world

A November gale that wrecked nearly 30 ships in 1905 prompted this rugged landmark's construction. When the U.S. Lighthouse Service completed Split Rock Light Station in 1910, it soon became one of Minnesota's best known destinations.

Nestled in a Minnesota State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the most photographed and visited spots in the state, with a drama-filled history and breathtaking Lake Superior views. If you haven't visited lately, now is the time to pay homage to a true North Shore icon.

lighthouse at dusk

Shop at Split Rock

The museum store with shelves of merchandise

Bring home a memento of your visit! Whether you’re looking for maritime décor, north woods artwork, or Split Rock Lighthouse souvenirs, the museum store is your go-to source. Find apparel, Duluth packs, mugs, toys, jewelry, and many locally crafted items at the museum store, open whenever the visitor center is open.


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