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St. Paul, MN 55102

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Closed Monday (Open Monday Holidays, including Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours


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  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 5 and under and  MNHS members.



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John Beargrease Resources


John Beargrease John Beargrease

Battling Minnesota's extreme weather was a way of life for John Beargrease. From 1879 to 1899, he delivered mail along the North Shore of Lake Superior between Two Harbors and Grand Marais. In the summer months he hiked along the Lake Shore Trail or sailed a boat, often traveling at night to make up for time lost in stormy weather.

Beargrease is most famous, however, for delivering the mail by dog sled during the winter. Using four dogs, he would travel an average of 30-40 miles a day.

John Beargrease Resources

John Beargrease Extended Biography - PDF

John Beargrease Entry in MN150 Wiki

MHS Library Resource: John Beargrease: Legend of Minnesota's North Shore

MHS Library Resource: Fearless John: The Legend of John Beargrease

MHS Visual Resources for the Ojibwe

MHS Collections Up Close Podcast of Camera Ojibwe Photographs

Ayer Ojibwe Collection Resources

Related Historic Sites

Mille Lacs Indian Museum

Split Rock Lighthouse

Related Books and Products

John Beargrease: Legend of Minnesota's North Shore

Chippewa Customs

History of the Ojibway People

Ojibwe: Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions

Living Our Language : Ojibwe Tales and Oral Histories