Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center presents the natural and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail.

Interpretive and interactive displays present the area’s cultural and natural history from its prehistoric beginnings to the development of today’s unique, rural community. Pet a beaver or see if you’re as strong as a Voyageur. View evidence of the Sudbury meteorite which crashed to Earth 1.6 billion years ago. Learn to identify area wildflowers, trees, shrubs, birds, fish and mammals. A collection of pictures, videos and other historic material allows you to immerse yourself in the lives of Gunflint Trail pioneers. Young visitors can embark on a Chik-Wauk Museum scavenger hunt and explore inside our Nature Center.

Outside, a network of nature trails crisscrosses Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds. Plan to immerse yourself in the Gunflint Trail forest with Chik-Wauk's family-focused, self-guided naturalist program, which includes activity packs for use on the Chik-Wauk grounds.

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a partnership of the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and Superior National Forest, Gunflint Ranger District.

The Chik-Wauk Museum building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The building was built in the early 1930s by the Nunstedt family and operated a fishing resort until 1980.

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Latitude: 48.16864 Longitude: -90.880818 Elevation: 1447 ft
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Seasons Open

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours Open

Museum open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. , Nature Center open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Adults: $4.00, Children (ages 5-18): $2.00, Children (ages 0-4): Free, Gunflint Trail Historical Society members: Free

Accessibility Notes

The museum strives to meet the needs of all visitors. Exhibits are arranged on a single level, making it easily accessible via wheelchair. The hiking trail system includes two ADA accessible trails.
Accessible parking is located next to the museum, across from the main entrance.
Please note that the museum is located in a rural location and does not provide modern amenities.  An ADA accessible latrine with a pit toilet, located in the lower parking area, is available for both visitor and staff use.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not permitted inside museum, but are permitted on the grounds and hiking trails. Please leash your dog at all times and pick up after them.


This is a wonderful place to visit. There are several walking trails so one will fit your fitness (or non- fitness) level. It's handicap accessible too. The museum is so well done. There are displays, photos, video's, and books to learn about the area way back to the 'olden days'. We've gone there several times and find something new each time. It's even air conditioned now. Don't miss it, you'll love it.

Diane, 5/19/2014

The Chik-Wauk Museum is a wonderful place to learn about the Gunflint Trail and its history. And if you are really lucky, you might see a moose or a bear with their babies.

Sandy, 5/19/2014

The Chik-Wauk Museum is a great place to visit. For those of you who love the North Woods or would like to learn more about the history of this magical place, this is a must see!

Marjorie L Johnson, 5/19/2014

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is one of Northern Minnesota's treasures. It tells the stories of the seven groups of people who either lived or passed through the area and offers extensive information about the rich natural history of the region.

Betty Hemstad, 5/19/2014

Chik Wauk may be small in size but huge in the hearts of those whose ancestors lived in and loved this scenic spot in the North Woods of Minnesota. We need this Museum to remember those people and to care for our heritage.

Ina Huggenvik, 5/19/2014

Concise and very informative small museum in a beautiful natural setting

Judy Edlud, 5/19/2014

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center This museum is the only place to learn the history and stories of the Gunflint Trail which is in the heart of the Superior National Forest. There are no books telling this story. The museum was made possible because a group of dedicated volunteers found a location, raised the money and told the story of this very unique area of our country. It is a perfect example of what a small group of people can do if they work at it.

Susan Kerfoot, 5/19/2014

The Chikwauk Nature Center and Historic Museum are the perfect place to learn about the history of the Gunflint Trail, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico. I'd suggest going there before or after a canoe trip. Learn more deeply about this beautiful place.

Julie Rose, 5/21/2014

This is a gem at the end of the Gunflint Trail. Enjoy the drive up this historic scenic byway and then get a taste of history and information about this unique area.

Barbara Bottger, 5/30/2014

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, this is no 10 minute stop, plan to spend some time. The displays are well organized, informative and family friendly. The drive up the Gunflint Trail through the Superior National Forest provides numerous vistas of the wilderness and wildlife sighting opportunities. Ask the locals for the best spots to look for moose. Along the mid and upper trail sections travelers can see the effects of forest fires and the recovery that is underway. Take a picnic lunch to enjoy or stop at one of the lodges or other local eating places.

Jim Jamieson, 6/3/2014

Chik Wauk museum is a jewel scenically accessed from a paved road through a boreal forest. Visitors first see the beautifully preserved stone building in a lakeside setting. Inside are exhibits about the natural and social history of the area. Trail maps and guide booklets entice the visitor outside to a variety of trails and a boardwalk through a northern bog. If the north shore of Lake Superior is your travel agenda, be sure to set aside time for a side trip to Chik Wauk.

kate kelnberger, 6/5/2014

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