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Duluth Depot Foundation

Minnesota Ballet

The Minnesota Ballet stands in the Midwest as a premier professional ballet company providing the region with high-quality performances of works in a variety of dance styles, masterworks, and story ballets including its popular productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Dracula.”  The Ballet welcomes all to experience the delight and drama of dance!

Donate to the Minnesota Ballet’s Designated Fund

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to enhance our community through the performance of symphonic music that engages and inspires.  During the 2019-20 Season the DSSO will perform 9 programs over 11 concerts at the DECC (6 Masterworks and 3 Pops programs, with one of each being repeated as part of a new Casual Concert series).  Additionally, the DSSO supports a robust Youth Orchestras Program that performs 5 concerts from September through May each school year with more than 130 students.

Matinee Musicale

For many decades, Matinee Musicale has produced a four-concert series, with the emphasis of presenting young rising artists from all over the world. Many of these young artists have gone on to great acclaim: Daniel Barenboim, Garrick Ohlsson, Joshua Bell, Dawn Upshaw, Leif One Andsnes, Ying Quartet, and Sasha Cooke to name a few.

Duluth Art Institute

For over 112 years the Duluth Art Institute has been the premier visual arts organization in the Arrowhead region. We foster creativity  and community engagement through robust visual art exhibitions and hands on art classes.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum was voted by USA Today as the “BEST Transportation Museum in America.”

Adding a working tourist railroad, the North Shore Scenic, with tracks connecting downtown Duluth to the iconic North Shore Community of Two Harbors, was the culmination of years of planning.  Today the railroad history preserved and on display in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum becomes living history working on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Together we are one of Duluth’s top tourist attractions with over 150,000 guests/passengers and visitors a year.

Duluth Playhouse

Founded in 1914, the Playhouse is one of the nation’s oldest community theaters.  The Duluth Playhouse brings the finest in entertainment and theatre arts opportunities to Minnesota’s Northeast Region. Featuring local and professional artists, The Playhouse hosts a year-round season of live theatre. With the Children’s Theatre Arts program, The Play Ground Theatre, and the new Conservatory for the Performing Arts, there are opportunities for everyone to explore, learn, and perform.

St. Louis County Historical Society

#HistoryMatters!  Understanding our past can help improve our present and future.  It establishes our roots, builds community pride, and preserves a record of who and what we are.  The St. Louis County Historical Society has been collecting, preserving, and presenting information about communities in and around Duluth since 1922.  We maintain a museum, a variety of traveling exhibits, the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery, and the Veterans Memorial Hall Program.  We also partner with the the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A Martin Library, and six Iron Range affiliated historical organizations.

Our Mission

The Depot Foundation is dedicated to preserving the historic Union Depot as a vibrant and welcoming forum for the arts, culture and history through managing and growing a permanent endowment.

Enjoy the Magic.
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A gift to The Depot Foundation will continue to benefit the Duluth community with arts and cultural enrichment in perpetuity.


The Board of Directors awards grant funding to organizations housed within the Depot and will grant funds to outside organizations for events, exhibits, and shows open to the public that encourage increased Depot attendance.


The Depot Foundation 2021 Fall Expressions publication is now available. Download archived Expressions newsletters here!