There are three exhibiting organizations displaying collections of artifacts and artwork; the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, St. Louis County Historical Society, and Duluth Art Institute. The North Shore Scenic Railroad is a seasonal scenic railroad that boards at the St Louis County Depot, and their ticket office is adjacent to the train museum. There are also three performing arts organizations that call the Depot their home. The Duluth Playhouse is our local community theater company and has both a Main Stage as well as the Underground theater in this building. The Minnesota Ballet has the School of the MN Ballet classes in their Depot Studios, on our lower level. And the Arrowhead Chorale has office space at the Depot in addition to hosting performances in the Great Hall. With all of these amazing organizations housed under one really large, very beautiful roof, it is easy to see why the Duluth Depot is the area’s hub for arts, history, and culture.
Duluth Art Institute
The Duluth Art Institute enriches daily life with dynamic, innovative visual arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes inclusive community participation.
We are the premier arts organization in the region, providing access to both high-quality arts education for artists and the community, and professional spaces that exhibit rotating series of artwork. We advocate for artist and visual art practices while serving to showcase exemplary bodies of work by and for all.
The Duluth Playhouse was founded in 1914 and is one of the nation’s oldest community theatres. We produce year-round seasons packed with dramas and musicals and much more at the NorShor Theatre, the Playhouse Family Theatre, and the Underground Theatre, along with year-round programming within our School of Performing Arts for youth and adults alike.
The Arrowhead Chorale is an auditioned symphonic choir led by Artistic Director Dr. Matthew Faerber. Originally formed by Paul Fletcher in the mid-1980s, the vocal ensemble engaged Dr. Stanley Wold as the first Artistic Director in the 1990s. Dr. Faerber joined the Chorale as Artistic Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season. The Arrowhead Chorale is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a working Board of Directors comprised of community leaders and musicians who support the arts in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Chorale and its mission are financially supported by a wide variety of organizations and individuals.
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Housed in the Historic Duluth Union Depot, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum houses the finest collection of Railroad Equipment in the country, with interactive exhibits as well as history from the region, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum is a must-visit attraction in Duluth. In the summer and fall months the museum’s North Shore Scenic Railroad offers train excursions, together the two organizations offer the richest historic experiences in railroading anywhere.
North Shore Scenic Railroad
The North Shore Scenic Railroad operates excursions along the historic Lakefront Line, a 26-mile section of rail between Duluth and Two Harbors. This rail corridor served a vital link in the transportation system for over 100 years. Known originally as the Lake Division, it connected the isolated Duluth and Iron Range Railway with America’s expanding rail network. In 1886, when the Lakefront Line was first built, it was joined by a one-mile extension of the St. Paul and Duluth Railway at Fifth Avenue East in Duluth, providing the D&IR with access to downtown Duluth as well as to other railroad carriers at the Head of the Lakes.
St. Louis County Historical Society
Since its inception in 1922, the St. Louis County Historical Society has sought to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history, and prehistory, of St. Louis County as well as the state of Minnesota.
In addition to collecting and preserving objects of material culture and historical research material, the Society maintains and operates a museum as well as materially participates in the collections and operations of a historical research center adequate to serve the region encompassing St. Louis County and northeastern Minnesota.
As a premier dance company, the Minnesota Ballet will engage, enlighten and inspire the community and beyond with the beauty and passion of dance.
In all of its endeavors the Minnesota Ballet advances and celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity, which richly nourish the art of dance.
The Depot Foundation is dedicated to preserving the Historic Union Depot as a vibrant and welcoming forum for the arts, culture and history through managing and growing a permanent endowment.