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Fairlawn Mansion & Museum

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Great museum had our own private tour guide so got to know the history of the mansion.Very... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2019
Ste. Rose du Lac, Canada
A connection to my ancestors

I am excited to tell you how much I love FAIRLAWN Mansion! My great grandmother immigrated from... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2019
Superior, Wisconsin
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Built as the family home of mining and lumber baron Martin Pattison, the four story, 42 room mansion was completed in 1890 at the cost of $150,000; estimated at today's costs to be well over $3 million.The exterior and first floor of the mansion...more
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906 E 2nd St, Superior, WI 54880-3245
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

Great museum had our own private tour guide so got to know the history of the mansion.Very interesting place to see love the architecture of the interior and exterior of the place.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank debbieU97281
Reviewed 2 February 2019

I am excited to tell you how much I love FAIRLAWN Mansion! My great grandmother immigrated from Sweden to work for the Martin Pattison family. She lived here. She sent money back home and brought her sister and brother over to work for them as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank oraetlabora
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

The Mansion is a beautiful home that was built by the Pattison's during the 1800's. It has 44 rooms. It was used as a Children's Home for a period of time. The 1st floor has been renovated to it's original design and has some of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank brucedenisepeyton
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Mansion is absolutely beautiful and the tour was very informative. The only negative is that our battery died in our car and the lady refused to help us jump our car. We were very disappointed in her attitude towards us about the situation.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jean S
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This beautiful home in Superior Wisconsin is an overlooked treasure! There is never a waiting line to see this gem and learn about it's fascinating history!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 43323Rick
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We stopped by just to check out the mansion and learned so much more than we imagined! The home was gifted as a Children's Home by the original owners after they moved out of state. The stories those walls must have!! Beautiful architecture and decor.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Terri N
Reviewed 8 September 2018

I enjoy touring mansions and i seek them out where ever i go. I was pleased to find this mansion just a ride over a short bridge from Duluth mn . Tho not Glensheen by no means but worth the visit. Our guide was a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank peterpanjaffray
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Really enjoyed the house and all of its features. The tour guide was not very knowledgeable. She just read from a script and couldn't answer most questions. Would still recommend though.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kevin s
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our tour of Fairlawn and were glad we stopped to see it. Kyle gave us an excellent tour and was enthusiastic and entertaining and showed no sign of having given the tour multiple times. We enjoyed learning the history of the family and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 14margueritem
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Martin Pattison amassed great wealth first as a lumberer and later as an iron ore prospector. He built this mansion for himself and his family and became highly influential in local politics and philanthropy in Superior, WI and Duluth, MN. He donated the land that...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank rschmidt46
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19 August 2018|
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Response from rschmidt46 | Reviewed this property |
The tour is guided and you cannot linger in the building. You can spend time on the grounds if desired but there's not much to see -- basically the sign, a small garden and some spots for picture-taking.
Teresa S
17 August 2016|
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Adults $10.00 Seniors (62+) $8.00 College Students $8.00 Students (6-17) $5.00 Children 5 and under FREE