Cross River Heritage Center Building



The Cross River Heritage Center is a wonderful museum to visit for local heritage, art, and culture. Located on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Schroeder, Minnesota, it provides travel information and hosts an art gallery, featured annual and permanent exhibits on three floors, historical archives, and a fine craft gift store representing more than 30 local artists. An outdoor patio showcases well-maintained gardens, year-round artwork, and hand-crafted benches.  It has an elevator and disability-accessible restrooms. Admission is free. A five-dollar donation per person or family is encouraged.

The Heart of Schroeder, as the landmark Cross River Heritage Center is known, was originally built as the Stickney Inn in 1929 as one of the first roadhouses along the new Northshore Highway 1, the first road that connected Duluth, Minnesota, to Fort William-Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) in Ontario, Canada. It is the only Tudor architectural-style building in Cook County and through the years has been home to a boarding house, restaurant, meat market, gas station, post office, and the Cross River General Store. Since 2002, it has operated as the Cross River Heritage Center - the museum-home of the Schroeder Area Historical Society!


2021: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Paintings by Artist Arnold Friberg & Ojibwe-Anishinaabe Cultural History - in collaboration with the UMD Tweed Museum of Art.    

2022: Wildlife & Landscape Paintings by Artist Francis Lee Jaques & Natural History - in collaboration with the Jaques Art Center and the Bell Museum.                                          


The Cross River Heritage Center is an EXPLORE MINNESOTA Affiliate Welcome Center - Gateway to Cook County, the Superior National Forest, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

For online information see: An outside kiosk with printed information and maps is coming soon!


The Schroeder Area Historical Society is concerned about your health and safety. We encourage seeking advice from official government sources and trusted health organizations.
Minnesota Department of Health – Guidance for Minnesotans

Recommended safeguards:
  • Covering your cough or sneeze - please wear a face mask
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing
  • Minimize touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Frequent sanitizing of surfaces at work, home and in vehicles
  • Staying home if you feel ill, have cold or flu symptoms
  • Social distancing (six feet from others recommended in public)
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