Sandpaper Museum.

Sandpaper Museum

Field review by the editors.

Two Harbors, Minnesota

"Abrasives are a part of everyday life," declares one of the exhibits in this small museum, formerly known as the Museum of Sandpaper. It's housed inside the little building where the 3M Company began in 1902, and where sandpaper, 3M's first product, was invented. As part of the company's 100th anniversary the building was renamed the 3M Museum, which sounds less abrasive to corporate ears but has always rubbed us the wrong way.

The sandpaper part of the museum occupies two small rooms, with displays of natural raspy things (flint, emery), sandpaper samples, and examples of products that are sanded (shoes, tools, etc.). 3M executives visit, but they're interested in the company historical displays. You'll likely have the sandpaper rooms to yourself.

Sandpaper Museum

3M Museum

203 Waterfront Drive, Two Harbors, MN
Part of the 3M Museum. On the northwest corner of 2nd Ave. and 6th St./Waterfront Drive.
May-Oct. M-F noon-5 pm, Sa 11 am - 5 pm, Su 11 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$5, 3M employees $2
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