The Beltrami County Historical Society offers permanent and temporary exhibits that explore the history of the people and places of Beltrami County.  The museum is housed in the History Center at the historic Great Northern Depot in Bemidji.


We share our community history through photographs, text, and artifacts.  We welcome your visit and exploration!

New! East Gallery - Special Exhibition:
Beltrami County Women in Winter Sports

Our newly-renovated East Gallery hosts special exhibits that focus on a special theme or topic in Beltrami County history.  Beltrami County Women in Winter Sports features the stories, photographs, and artifacts of women who have participated and competed in a variety of winter sports at local, national, and international levels.  This exhibit celebrates local Olympians (!), literal cross-country trailblazers, local high school and collegiate basketball, cheerleading, and hockey athletes, and much more. Through March 12. Click HERE to open and/or print the exhibit program.


West Gallery
Early History of Beltrami County

The front room of the West Gallery features the early history of Beltrami County: its geological formation; Indigenous explorers and early inhabitants; the logging industry; and pioneering life.


West Gallery
Railroad Ticket Office

Housed the historic Great Northern Depot, our museum features the beautiful, original ticket office, constructed in 1912.   The ticket office features a working model train that reflects area buildings, history, and topography, as well as rail industry artifacts.


West Gallery
Ojibwe History

Beyond the Ticket Office, explore the history of the Red Lake Nation and the impacts of European expansion and colonization on the Red Lake Nation and the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe.  This exhibit also explores natural land use, including the harvesting of ziinzibaakwad (maple syrup) and manoomin (wild rice).