In Cook County Minnesota, artists and artisans thrive on natural inspiration. The rugged northern Minnesota landscape and the vibrant Ojibwa culture of Grand Portage inspires the arts for which Grand Marais and Cook County are renowned.
Our museums and galleries are just steps away from breathtaking lakes, waterfalls, mountains, and miles of hiking trails. Here, our history is alive, and present to this day through the arts - perhaps that’s why the historic hubs of trading and pioneer life are now vibrant centers of commerce, art, and recreation.
Here are some ways to feed your own inspiration and creativity:
- Take a class or watch artists and crafters at work at North House Folk School or the Grand Marias Art Colony.
- Experience area history at one of Cook County Historical Society’s multiple locations in the Grand Marais area.
- Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center connects visitors of the Gunflint Trail region, to share its natural and cultural history.
- Grand Portage State Park and Exhibit Hall & Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center celebrate the rich heritage of the Grand Portage community with Rendezvous Days and the Rendezvous Powwow the second full week of August.
- Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder brings local heritage and culture to life.
- For a glimpse into the past commercial fishing on Lake Superior visit the Tofte Commercial Fishing Museum.
- Drive the scenic Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway.
- Attend a play, musical, festival, or other events at the Grand Marais Playhouse.
- Enjoy a live performance at Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
We hope you find your muse in the beauty, culture, and history.