Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum

Navigation Menu


Home Page

Click to enter our class!
Leave a message




April 2018

Although the calendar says it is April, and since it is spring, the view outside my window is confusing. As I am writing these words a winter blizzard is raging in Grand Marais. There is still more than a foot of snow on the ground with another foot or more expected today. Both the bay and Sable Lake are still socked in with ice. Large chunks of shelf ice continue to hug the shore of the Big Lake, making early agate hunting difficult if not impossible. Spring certainly has not yet sprung.

April Snow

We will see what happens with the snow, freezing rain, and windy conditions, but tomorrow a semi-truck is supposed drive from Grayling to Grand Marais to deliver a pallet of my next book. My printer shipped the books last week. This is the second in the Rocks through Time series, which is intended to entertain and teach about the amazing geologic wonders of our planet. The series uses an engaging poetic narrative along with innovative graphics to simultaneously teach and inspire. Book One tells the history of Earth through the geologic stories of nine stones. Book Two describes the geologic history of the Great Lakes region, beginning with the creation of the Earth through current time. The story focuses on the geologic events influencing development of the Great Lakes chain. Additional information about the Great Lakes region, plate tectonics, and a glossary is also included.

Book Cover

If you are interested in purchasing the book, I will have it for sale in my booth at the Cuyuna Rock and Mineral Show (Brainerd, MN, May 5-6; see information below). You can also purchase the new book in the online giftshop on this webpage by clicking this LINK. Of course, the new book will also be available in the museum when it opens up the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 27th at 2:00 p.m.

I would like to remind people I am changing the museum hours for the 2018 season. The hours will be the same as last year EXCEPT that the museum will be open in the evening on BOTH Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please refer to the hours chart below.

Once I sent the files for the new book to the printer, I got to work making agate windows. Thanks to a suggestion from my friend, Helen, I am now making a new type of round agate mirror.

Agate Window

Here is the inventory I have made so far: 72 agate windows and mirrors!

Agate Window

Happy rockhounding!

Karen Brzys
Gitche Gumee Museum
E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Gitche Gumee Museum Hours

Note: The museum is open seven days a week from the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend until the end of September, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays the museum will only be open in the evenings from 6pm to 8pm.

Month Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
End of May* 2-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm
June 2-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm
July 11am-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 2-5pm
August 11am-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm 2-5pm
September 2-5pm 6-8pm 6-8pm 2-5pm 2-5pm 12-5pm 2-5pm

* At the end of May the museum opens the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

I will plan on having the museum ready for appointments by mid-May each year, so if you would like to set up an appointment please email me at, or call me at 906-494- 2590. It is best to set up appointments in advance in case I am busy or out of town. I try to accommodate impromptu appointments, but this is not always possible. For private appointments, I ask for a donation or purchase that is commensurate with the time required for the museum visit. The museum will not be available for appointments between the middle of October and the middle of May.

Art and Mineral Show and Agate Talk Schedule

The show and speaking for the 2018 season is below. Since I work all the museum hours myself now, and because I am trying to somewhat simplify my life, I will only have a booth at two shows again this year. I also have two speaking engagements. Details about these events are below.

May 5-6, 2018 – 16th Annual Cuyuna Agate & Mineral Show

2000 SE 13th St, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, Brainerd, MN. Event hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. The show includes over 60 inside and outside vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, displays, rock cutting, kids’ corner, free prizes for kids, door prizes, silent auctions, great concessions, and more. On Sunday, a free polished stone will be given to the first 1,000 people through the door. Krystle Dorris from the TV show The Prospectors will be a vendor at this year’s show!!! Come see the beautiful Colorado species that come off the Smoky Hawk claim!!!! Admission is $1.00 donation; kids are free on Sunday. For more information contact Sharon Smith, 218-343-7037, or email her at

May 12, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – Agatelady presentation: How to Find Agates.

Sponsored by the Moosewoods Nature Center, Northern Michigan University, and the Gitche Gumee Museum. The talk will be held at the Mead Auditorium, Room 2701 in the West Science Building, Center Street on the NMU campus. Suggested donation: $5.00 adults; $10.00 family. Attendees who donate will be entered into a drawing to win two free agate books and a Lake Superior agate! Agate books will also be available for sale. Bring specimens for agate identification (3 per person). For more information please contact the Moosewoods Nature Center on Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 4:00 p.m. by calling (906)228-6250.

September 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m. -- TENTATIVE – Agatelady presentation: Geologic and Human History of Grand Marais, Michigan.

Burt Township Community Center, Brazel Street, Grand Marais, MI (located across the street from the Gitche Gumee Museum). This event will be sponsored by the Grand Marais Historical Society. Confirmation of the event and other details will be available by early summer.

Mid-September 2018 – Rock-On Agate Show, Muskallonge Lake State Park, Deer Park, MI:

Agatelady talks on both Saturday and Sunday, details yet to be announced. Located at 30042 County Road 407 in Deer Park, MI half way between Newberry and Grand Marais. For more information please call 906-658-3338. Information about previous year’s shows is available at: .

October 19-21, 2018 EXHIBIT BOOTH – 53rd Annual Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society Show

Main Arena, Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854. Event hours are Friday 6:00 to 9:00, Saturday 10:00 to 6:00, and Sunday 11:00 to 5:00. Show includes vendors, exhibits, crafts, art, jewelry, demonstrations, displays, flint knappers, rock identification, kids’ activities, free prizes for kids, door prizes, rock cutting, and more, For more information (once it is available) please go to .

April 2018 Update

On-line Gift Shop
New book: Rocks through Time, Book Two--Geologic History of the Great Lakes.
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Media Coverage
Petoskey News
Agate Photo
New testimonial from Rockhounding/Agate Class participants
Beach Rocks


Copyright All rights reserved.
Gitche Gumee Museum.
E21739 Brazel Street
Grand Marais, Michigan 49839


Web Site Designed By
Web Site Design ServiceSearch Engine Optimization Firm
Web Design in Grand Marais, Michigan