Holy smokes, my Own Dear One found out about a canoe museum before me!
The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum , or WCHM, in Spooner, WI (NOT to be confused with the WCHA, i.e., the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association) plans to open its doors to the public for the first time May 29, 2010. Already, the workshop is in use, and several canoes are being worked on by volunteers.
With only 5,500 square feet and two or three dozen canoes, this looks like small stuff compared to the Canadian Canoe Museum. But it seems like a nice start, and the website has the feel of an organization that knows what it's doing and is peopled by serious folks. It might be a while before it's worth a really long-distance trip, but it's only 75 miles from Duluth, Minnesota, and if you're in the area, I'd say it's worth checking out. (Feel free to report back here with any findings.)