United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, MN
I’ve driven by this place over a dozen times, usually at odd hours, or without time to stop. It’s unfortunate that the museum is so remote, limiting both its size and its draw. It is however worth the trip if you’re nearby. The place is oozing with local pride, which gave it a bit of a homer feel to me, but hey – they built the damn thing. Memorabilia, equipment, and some pop culture pieces from hockey’s history are displayed throughout the museum’s three floors.
The first floor features the HoF wall, with plaques for each inductee. The rest of the floor was taken up by two ancient zambonis – including one converted willy’s jeep, a feature on local hero Herb Brooks, a history of ice skates, and a large feature on hockey in Eveleth. The open atrium above the first floor was home to the scoreboard from the Emilio Estevez classic – Mighty Ducks.
The second floor is mostly forgettable, and has a fairly small display area and offices. The third floor is where the place really shines. Lots of old, odd, and unique memorabilia, alongside some interactive displays including a shot-trainer, hardest-shot booth, oversized table hockey, and a blades of steel arcade cabinet.
All in all it’s a homer gem thats worth the price of admission if you’re in the area and they’re open. ushockeyhall.com