Visitor Center

Learn about the history of Split Rock Lighthouse, embark on a guided tour, and discover unique gifts and souvenirs to take home.

A couple sitting in a small theater watching a film projected onto a screen

Introduction

“The Story of Split Rock Lighthouse” explores the history and scenic beauty of this Northern Minnesota tourist destination, as well as the drama of storms and shipwrecks on Lake Superior. This 13-minute film uses original footage, rare archival footage, and first-person accounts from newspapers, storm survivors, lighthouse builders, and lighthouse keepers.

Exhibits and display cases featuring information on the lighthouse

Exhibits

This is the best place to start your visit. Visitors learn about the significance of Lake Superior shipping and the famous shipwrecks that prompted the lighthouse to be built. The exhibits feature artifacts and information on the history of the lighthouse and the North Shore.

Racks of clothes and assorted items on shelves in the gift shop

Museum store

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.

If you can't make it to the lighthouse, you can find many souvenir items online.

Tour guide dressed in lighthouse keeper uniform addressing a large group

Guided tours

Make the most of your visit! Guided tours of the lighthouse and historic buildings leave from the visitor center throughout the day. Available May 15 through October 31, 2017.