• A fall day on Mt. Rose overlooking the historic depot at Grand Portage.

    Grand Portage

    National Monument Minnesota

Collections

Ojibwe birchbark basket (Makuk) with porcupine quillwork dyed red and gray

Ojibwe birchbark container(makuk)with floral embroidery - GRPO 17156

NPS photo / Karen Stay

Collection Overview
  • Grand Portage National Monument houses over one hundred thousand museum objects. These range from archeological artifacts excavated from fur trade sites such as Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River and the North West Company depot at Grand Portage to thousands of historical photos, maps, and papers. A major focus of the collection is native Ojibwe artwork and everyday objects. Yet another part of the collection includes geological and biological specimens from park natural resource researchers.
  • The collection is important for the study of the Great Lakes fur trade and for understanding the culture and history of the Grand Portage Ojibwe people. It also preserves specimens to support research on the area's plants, animals, and environment.
  • Part of the collection is on exhibit at the Monument, both in the Heritage Center gallery as well as in the reconstructed buildings of the historic North West Company depot. However, because only a small part of the collection may be exhibited at one time, the park is working to develop a Web catalogue of interesting collection items.
  • Please check back from time to time to see more of the collection.

Grand Portage National Monument expresses its gratitude to a number of people and institutions who have invested their time and assistance in developing the content featured on the following web pages. Special thanks to photographer John Reed, museum technician Kristin Mercer, and project manager Alice Newton of the National Park Service's Harpers Ferry Center Digital Imaging Project, St. Cloud State University Department of Anthropology and student intern Karen Stay, and archeologist Douglas Birk.


Museum Collections

Grand Portage NM also on NPS Web Catalog

Grand Portage NM Scope of Collections Statement (1,612 KB pdf)


Did You Know?

A Montreal canoe at Grand Portage National Monument

The 40 foot “Montreal” class of birchbark canoe used on the Great Lakes during the 18th century, could carry the weight of two mid-sized cars…that’s over four tons or about 8,000 pounds!