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May 2020

The governor of Michigan has lifted the shut down order for the Upper Peninsula as of May 22nd. Due to previous commitments to teaching a virtual class on Friday, the Gitche Gumee Museum will open on Saturday, May 23rd from noon to 5:00 pm. Normal hours will be in effect after that (scroll down on this home page to see a list of hours).

Since we are still not out of the woods relative to the Covid-19 virus, there will be changes in the museum’s operation to comply with Covid-19 restrictions that are still in effect. Anyone who has visited the museum knows it is a 120-year-old house without a lot of space. Thus, it will be difficult for social distance. First, if you are feeling sick – please do not visit the museum at this time. I am asking all museum visitors (adults and teens) to wear a face covering. Also, the number of people in the museum at any one time will be restricted. Items for a hand sanitizing station have been ordered and will be set up at the museum’s entrance. I ask everyone who enters the museum to sanitize their hands and to do their best to only touch the items they wish to purchase. Finally, since the museum is now opening, there will no longer be a posted schedule for the virtual Zoom “How to Find Lake Superior Agates” class as well as the virtual shopping appointment times. However, if someone is interested in either the Zoom class or virtual shopping, contact me to set up a custom appointment.

Zoom Class: How to Find Lake Superior Agates
First, for those who want to learn how to successfully find Lake Superior agates, a new virtual Zoom video conference class is now available. At this point, the class is offered only on a custom basis set up in advance by contacting museum staff (please see contact information below). The two-hour class ($20 per person) includes three segments:

Lake Superior Agate Specimens: A Review of Characteristics—Actual specimens are used to show participants the specific characteristics they should be looking for when looking for Lake Superior agates, as well as the characteristics for which they should not be looking.

How to Find Lake Superior Agates: A New Method (PowerPoint Presentation)—A few years ago after interviewing unsuccessful agate hunters, the owner of the Gitche Gumee Museum, Karen Brzys, developed a new method of agate hunting. Her books, DVDs, speeches, and now this online virtual class teach her new method of agate hunting. During this class segment, Karen narrates real-time while sharing a PowerPoint presentation on the screen. The museum has received over 2,000 testimonials from people who have successfully employed this new method to either find Lake Superior agates for the first time or to find more agates.

Wowser Rocks—For entertainment as well as for educational purposes, Karen shows participants some of her favorite rocks including Ocean Jasper, Polychrome Jasper, Rhodochrosite, malachite stalactite, blue lace water-level agate, Panama Canal Agates, a bag of exotic agates, a bag of shadow agates, a bag of Lake Superior agates, plate tectonic agate, large Lake Superior agates, and more.

Virtual Shopping at the Gitche Gumee Museum Gift Shop
Thanks to the internet, individual appointments can be made during the Covid-19 shutdown for people to shop at the museum’s gift shop.

The advisory committee for the September Grand Marais Rock-On agate and the mineral show will not make a decision about whether the show will take place until July. The event originally scheduled for the weekend after Labor Day will only be held if it is safe to do so and if current restrictions for large gatherings are lifted by the governor.

Happy rockhounding!

Karen Brzys

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

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    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gitche-Gumee-Agate-and-History-Museum
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    906-494-2590
  • Museum (do not maintain this phone during the winter months)
    906-494-3000
  • (Cell phone — not always turned on. I use it only when I travel.)
    906-450-5033

Gitche Gumee Museum Hours

End of May

  • Monday 2-5 pm
  • Tuesday 6-8 pm
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm
  • Thursday 2-5 pm
  • Friday 2-5 pm
  • Saturday 12-5 pm
  • Sunday 2-5 pm
    * At the end of May, the museum opens the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
June

  • Monday 2-5 pm
  • Tuesday 6-8 pm
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm
  • Thursday 2-5 pm
  • Friday 2-5 pm
  • Saturday 12-5 pm
  • Sunday 2-5 pm
July

  • Monday 11 am-5 pm
  • Tuesday 6-8 pm
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm
  • Thursday 11 am-5 pm
  • Friday 11 am-5 pm
  • Saturday 11 am-5 pm
  • Sunday 2-5 pm
August

  • Monday 11am-5pm
  • Tuesday 6-8 pm
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm
  • Thursday 11 am-5 pm
  • Friday 11 am -5 pm
  • Saturday 11 am-5 pm
  • Sunday 2-5 pm
September

  • Monday 2-5 pm
  • Tuesday 6- 8 pm
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm
  • Thursday 2-5 pm
  • Friday 2-5 pm
  • Saturday 12-5 pm
  • Sunday 2-5 pm

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 6 pm to 8 pm.

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 Karen@agatelady.com, 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 schedule for 2020 is not yet finalized. The Cuyuna show held in Brainerd, MN the second weekend of May (May 9-10) was canceled. A decision will be made in July whether to hold the second annual Grand Marais Rock-On show the weekend after Labor Day (September 12-13). If the show is held, Karen will give talks during that weekend. Finally, I will have a booth again (hopefully if there is not a second Covid-19 wave) at the Mason, MI show this year at the county fairgrounds (October 16, 17, 18).


May 2020 Update

The Mineral of the Month

Chrysocolla-Malachite from the Congo

Axel Niemi’s Agate Book

Online Gift Shop

New Zoom Video Class and Virtual Shopping

Gitche Gumee Gatherings
Information about
scheduling private, in-home private art shows
Rockhounding and Adventure Trip
Supai, Grand Canyon Hike, May 2019
Correspondence
New testimonial from Rockhounding/Agate Class participants