Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center Open for the SeasonFriday July 10, 2020 10:00am-05:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center
The long awaited opening of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will be Friday, July 10.
Due to COVID-19, staff, volunteers and visitors to Chik-Wauk must follow policies and protocols of the State Department of Health for museums and nature centers.
• Face mask must be worn in all buildings
• Personal distance at least 6 feet apart
• The number of visitors to each building at any given time is limited
• Hand sanitizing stations are available and must be used upon entry to each building
• If anyone in the visiting party feels sick, please stay home
• Strict cleaning & sanitizing schedules are being followed by staff and volunteers
Step back in time as you peak through the windows at the new Cabin Exhibit. The cabin is furnished as a 1950's American plan style cabin.
Both gift shops will be stocked with new items from local artists.
The temporary exhibit for 2019 was such a great topic it was requested to keep it up for another season.
The exhibit was a story of two men that had lived on the Gunflint Trail, Tommy Banks and Billy Needham.
Tommy Banks, a bootlegger and gangster from Minneapolis was active during the days of prohibition.
Billy Needham lived on Bearskin and Hungry Jack Lake and became known for his diamond willow lodge furniture and hand drawn maps.
The two men became friends on the shores of Hungry Jack Lake.
On loan from Mary and Gary Connell, who own Tommy Banks cabin that was built in the 1930's. The Connell's have compiled newspaper articles, photographs, and artifacts from the life of Tommy Banks and his cabin caretaker, Billy Needham.
Their grandson John Hutchinson, has spent much time at his grandparent’s cabin on Hungry Jack Lake learning about the gangster Tommy Banks and his close friend Billy Needham.
It will be a bit different experience for all of us this summer. When you are able to visit, the GTHS will do everything possible to make your visit to the Campus enjoyable and secure.