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 hosts three floors of engaging exhibits with an art gallery, gift store, historical archives and travel information. Outside is a patio with well-maintained gardens, artwork and hand-crafted benches. A different historical theme is featured each year on the main floor with popular permanent displays on the lower and upper floors. It has an elevator and disability-accessible restrooms. Admission is free. A five-dollar donation per person or family is encouraged.

Originally built as the Stickney Inn in 1929, the Cross River Heritage Center has become a landmark known as the Heart of Schroeder. It is the only Tudor architectural-style building in Cook County and through the years it 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!


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!


The Cross River Heritage Center is currently closed and will re-open when it is safe to do so.
The Schroeder Area Historical Society is concerned about your health and safety. We encourage seeking advice from official government sources and trusted health organizations – be alert for scams.
Minnesota Department of Health – Guidance for Minnesotans: 
Recommended safeguards:
  • Frequent and thoromugh 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 or have cold or flu symptoms
  • Covering your cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing (six feet from others recommended in public)
Have a safe and healthy spring!

  • Featured local author Staci Lola Drouillard will present on her book Walking the Old Road on June 13th at 1:00 pm at the Cross River Heritage Center following the Schroeder Area Historical Society's brief Annual Meeting. This is a free public event.    MAY BE POSTPONED
  • 2020: Taconite Harbor, Erie Mining Company & West End Garden Club - in collaboration with the St. Louis County Historical Society.
  • 2021: Canadian Mounties Artist Arnold Friberg & Ojibwe-Anishinaabe Cultural History - in collaboration with the UMD Tweed Museum of Art.      
  • 2022: Wildlife/Landscape Artist Francis Jaques & Natural History - in collaboration with the Jaques Art Center and the Bell Museum.                                          
  • Interested in working as a part-time Museum Receptionist or Administrative Assistant? Call Museum Director Erik Simula at 218-226-8482 for more information.

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