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Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of freshwater fishing in Minnesota.

  • Memberships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Donations
  • Collection Policy
  • Memorials
  • Related Links

Membership & Funding of the Minnesota Fishing Museum

The Minnesota Fishing Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We rely on the support of our valued members, industry partners, sports clubs, organizations and interested individuals. Our income comes from donations*, memberships, admissions, fundraisers and our O'FISH-L Gift Shop. As a non-profit organization we are also involved with charitable gambling (Pull-tabs) at several Central Minnesota locations.

We invite you to become a part of the Minnesota Fishing Museum by enrolling in one of our membership programs. Your support is essential to our growth, success and future!

*Donations are tax deductible.

Membership Benefits

Individual Membership Benefits
  • Season pass to visit the museum
  • Newsletter
  • Special event discounts ($1.00 per ticket) upon request
Family Membership Benefits
  • Season pass to visit the museum for immediate family members
  • Newsletter
  • Special event discounts ($1.00 per ticket) upon request
  • Member gift shop discount upon request
Business/Organization Benefits
  • Season passes to visit the museum
  • Your promotional materials in our museum display
  • Use of our newsletter to promote your events/promotions
  • Museum will host your group one time per year for meeting

Membership Categories


Individual $15.00 per year
Family $25.00 per year
Life $1,000.00 (one time fee)


Bluegill $100.00 per year
Regular – Bass $200.00 per year
Sustaining – Walleye $300.00 per year
Supporting – Northern $400.00 per year
Patron – Muskie $1,000.00 per year

How to Become a Member…

Becoming a member of the Minnesota Fishing Museum is very quick and easy. Print and complete the membership application, mail it along with your check to:

Minnesota Fishing Museum & Education Center
304 West Broadway
Little Falls, MN 56345

Or, call the museum. We will take your information and charge your membership on your credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

MFM Membership Application - Downloadable/Printable Form

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers are an integral part of keeping the Minnesota Fishing Museum open and operating. They support the MFM staff and board by assisting with:
  • Fundraising
  • Programming
  • Light Housekeeping & Property Maintenance
  • Giving Tours & Demonstrations
  • Helping at Various Events
  • Mailings, Advertising & Publicity
  • Secretarial Duties
  • Story Telling
  • Exhibit & Display Creation/Updates

If you love to fish you might help as a tour guide, assist at fishing events, clean artifacts and motors, tend to our aquarium, etc. Are you a storyteller? What better way to use your talents than to tell some “fish stories”? If you want to meet people from all over Minnesota and beyond, become a host at the museum, greeting people and showing them around.

If general cleaning is a fit for you, we have lots of gift shop items to keep clean, not to mention our collection of artifacts. Perhaps you like to scrapbook. We have years of clippings and pictures that need to be archived in a user-friendly way. We always need help at our special events, which are great ways to be involved when it’s convenient for you. Let us know your passion and we will find a way for you to make a difference!

IS there training involved?

MFM staff will show you what to do and how to do it. You may even have some helpful, time-saving suggestions for us.

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Becoming a volunteer at the Minnesota Fishing Museum is very easy. Either call, stop by the museum, or contact one of our board members to discuss your areas of interest, expertise and capabilities with regard to your health and time commitments. We have a short form for you to fill out to gather your contact information. We’ll give you a call when the need arises.

Check out our Events Calendar to see in advance which events you might like to plan for. When volunteering, we have a booklet for you to sign-in and sign-out so we can keep track of how many hours you are donating to the MFM. It’s that simple. Contact us today!


At the Minnesota Fishing Museum your generosity and donations are key; all of the artifacts and memorabilia found throughout the museum have been donated by individuals, sportsmen, anglers, organizations, clubs and businesses just like you. We accept donations of the following used fishing related items:
  • Anchors
  • Boats
  • Bobbers
  • Fish Hooks
  • Fish Nets
  • Fishing Ads & Publications
  • Fishing Reels
  • Fishing Rods
  • Flies
  • Knives & Fish Scalers
  • Lures
  • Minnow & Bait Buckets
  • Oars
  • Outboard Motors
  • Spearing Decoys
  • Spears & Gaffs
  • Tackle Boxes

Monetary donations are also accepted to assist with museum operations. To make a financial donation to the Minnesota Fishing Museum you can mail a donation, call and charge a donation on your Visa, Mastercard, or Discover, stop in, or donate directly online.


Fishing is a universal sport / activity. One can fish in solitude or with family and friends. One can be old or young, rich or poor, able bodied or having a disability and still enjoy fishing. Fishing connects us with nature, teaches patience, stewardship, resourcefulness and can provide relaxation.

Help us carry out our mission to preserve this heritage and pass it down to future generations through displays, curriculums, and hands on experiences for all ages. Whether your donation is a physical or financial one, we truly appreciate your generosity. The Minnesota Fishing Museum is a 501c3 non-profit  organization. Donations are tax deductible. Call the museum if you have any questions regarding donations of any kind.

Collection Policy

Please contact Minnesota Fishing Museum regarding any potential donations of artifacts for the
museum collection.


A contribution to the Minnesota Fishing Museum is a fitting way to honor the memory of a loved one who enjoyed fishing. Please contact the museum to discuss your individual request regarding memorials.
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