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American Indians to Scandinavians. Scholars to lumberjacks. Artisans to outdoor enthusiasts. It is this diversity of interests and cultures growing together in our northwoods that make Bemidji such an amazing place to visit. Proudly, Bemidji offers a variety of ways for visitors to learn more about the history of what drew people of such diversity to Bemidji to settle and culturally celebrate together. It’s a cultural history that makes for such an interesting story, an interesting city and a most interesting visit!

Paul and babe tour Bemidji

Located on shore of Lake Bemidji stands the historic statues of the legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Open year around, the Information Center displays Paul Bunyan memorabilia.

Paul Bunyan & Babe

Beltrami county historical center

Housed in the historically restored 1912 Great Northern Depot is the Beltrami County History Center.

Beltrami County History Center

Bemidji Pioneer

Shaynowishkung became the first to permanently settle on the shore of Lake Bemidji. Credited with helping the area’s first white settlers survive and respected by both the Indians and settlers.

Chief Bemidji

Bemidji history and culture

Since 1973, freestyle steps of toddlers commingle with the trained traditional footwork of elders as hundreds of dancers display their talents at the annual Spring PowWow.

Spring PowWow

camp rabideau conservation camp

Established in 1934, Camp Rabideau was establised by Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide work and skills to unemployed men scraping by during the Great Depression.

Camp Rabideau

international day Concordia language villages Bemidji

Twice each season a day-long festival of cultures called International Day is celebrated. Through dance, art, cooking and play, intercultural exchange of teach-learn-do is ongoing throughout the day.

International Day

lost forty towering pines Bemidji

A one-mile self-guided trail takes you through these majestic red and white pine, some as old as 300 to 400 years, and ranging from 22 to 48 inches in diameter.

Lost 40

sankta lucia festival Bemidji

For nearly 400 years, the people of Sweden have celebrated the Sankta Lucia Festival on their longest night of the year, the 13th of December.

Sankta Lucia Festival

Lakeland Public TV

Visit the cultural grounds of Concordia Language Villages on Turtle Lake, uniquely nestled in the northwoods of Bemidji. Offering a host of programs that bring language to life.

Concordia Language Villages


Explore the sciences through 70 self-guided, hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Tots-in-Science is a program available for young scientists, and Science After Dark are programs designed for adults. Unique gift shop.

Headwaters Science Center