Attractions Museum
Attraction Name Description
Alma Historical Society Museum Small local museum open seasonally on the weekends. Local area history museum housed in the historic Buffalo County Teachers College.
Anderson Dock and Museum Anderson Dock and Museum is a tribute to the history of Door County and small town life, specifically Ephraim. The Anderson complex is composed of four main buildings. Anderson Barn tells of Ephraim's past through photographs, artwork, artifacts, and stories, as well as changing exhibits. The Sva...
Ashland Historical Society Museum A non-profit volunteer organization, the Ashland Historical Society promotes the appreciation and pride of community through a visual connection to the past. This mission is accomplished by collecting and preserving memorabilia, artifacts, stories, and traditions, as well as functioning as an edu...
Bayfield Heritage Center The Bayfield Heritage Association (BHA), founded in 1974, opened the Bayfield Heritage Center in 2003. A historical museum and research facility, the Bayfield Heritage Center provides a venue for the BHA to schedule regular exhibits and programs. The programming highlights the facets of Bayfield'...
Bayfield Maritime Museum BAYFIELD MARITIME MUSEUM - Presenting 150 years of Bayfield's maritime heritage! The Bayfield Maritime Museum features hands on demonstrations and commercial fishing and boatbuilding exhibits, as well as exhibits on lighthouses, sailor crafts, shipwrecks, and much more!!
Beyer Home Museum Built in 1868 and the first brick home in Oconto County, today the Beyer Home Museum has been completely restored in Victorian era fashion. Several exhibits inside the house focus on the maritime history of the area, examining both ice and open water fishing practices on nearby Lake Michigan, dis...
Door County Maritime Museum Located on the west shore of the Sturgeon Bay Canal, the Door County Maritime Museum features exhibits on the maritime history of Door County. Open year round, exhibits of special interest include the pilot house from the Great Lakes steamer Elba, a replica of the Roen Steamship Company office, a...
Fountain City Historical Society Small local museum open seasonally on the weekends.
Gills Rock Maritime Museum When in the northern part of the Door Peninsula, be sure to visit the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock. The museum is open seasonally. Please call or visit their Web site for details. The newly remodeled facility features the fishing tug Hope built in 1930 by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works (cur...
Heritage Hill State Historical Park Located on the Fox River in Green Bay, Heritage Hill is a living history museum devoted to the preservation of its buildings and artifacts and the interpretation of the history of Northeastern Wisconsin and its people. There is always something new and fun to discover at Heritage Hill! Bring your...
Historic Indian Agency House The Historic Indian Agency House was built by the U.S. government for John Kinzie in 1832. Kinzie was the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk Nation (Winnebago), and he and his wife, Juliette Magill Kinzie, lived at the portage from 1832-1834. Juliette Kinzie would later write of the young couples exper...
Hixon House Historic house owned by the LaCrosse Historical Society. Homestead of a LaCrosse lumber baron who owned sawmills and lumberyards on the Mississippi.
Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum The museum is located in two former fishing sheds located in Jackson Harbor where fisherman continue in the commercial fishing trade. View artifacts, photographs and videos on local maritime history including commercial fishing, Coast Guard and area shipwrecks. Special programs available during t...
Jacobsen Museum Located on the south shore of Washington Island's Little Lake, the Jens Jacobson Museum houses an eclectic collection of natural and historical artifacts from the area, including ship models hand-carved by Jacobsen himself. Outside the museum you will find large artifacts salvaged years ago from ...
Kenosha Public Museum The Kenosha Public Museum has many exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the area. Archaeological and maritime highlights include replicas of mammoth remains found in the area and part of a 1,800 year old dugout canoe, the oldest watercraft found in the state.
Kewaunee County Historical Museum Built in 1876 as the local sheriff's office, residence, and county jail, today the Kewaunee County Historical Museum houses a wealth of historical photographs and artifacts from Kewaunee County. Displays range from a recreation of a pioneer family's late 19th-century living room to wood carvings ...
LaCrosse Visitors Center and Riverside Museum LaCrosse visitors center and riverside museum has large wooden Indian and riverboat tours LaCrosse Queen Cruises. The visitors center is at the north end of large riverside park with long riverwalk, grassy areas, and view of the river. The park is within walking distance of the downtown.
Madeline Island Historical Museum Founded in 1958 by several inhabitants of the island, the Madeline Island Historical Museum is today maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Exhibits of rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts, most of them found on Madeline Island or one of the surrounding islands that dot Chequamegon Bay, illu...
Marinette County Historical Soc. Museum The Marinette County Historical Society 'Logging' Museum offers a look into 130-years of local history. Though a main focus of the museum is on Marinette's long logging history, other displays include dioramas, hunting tools, weapons, clothing, musical instruments and the restored Evancheck log c...
Milwaukee Public Museum The Milwaukee Public Museum houses a multitude of exhibits, activities, and even an IMAX theater. Of particular historic interest is the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit, which recreates this waterfront city's past. The eclectic exhibits touch on many different subjects from history to geology, a...
Montello Historic Preservation  Society Montello Historic Preservation Society museum with a mural on the side of the building. Located in the historic Vaughn Hall.
Murphy Library Extensive archives on riverboats open to researchers.
National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Spread out over a four-building connected complex which surround lush gardens and giant sculptures of fish, the National Freshwater Fishing Museum is a truly unique Wisconsin maritime attraction. The highlight of the museum complex is a landmark 'Shrine to Anglers,' contained in a gargantuan conc...
Neville Public Museum The Neville Public Museum houses a variety of excellent exhibits, many of which illuminate the history of Green Bay. The permanent exhibit, On the Edge of the Inland Sea, takes visitors on a trip through history, beginning in a simulated glacier representing the last Ice Age, and ending with a lo...
Onalaska Historical Society Museum Located in the Onalaska Public Library, exhibits focus on Onalaska's lumbering past, early settlers, and railroad history.
Osceola Historical Society Museum Osceola Historical Society museum with rotating exhibits on the areas history.
Oshkosh Public Museum The museum preserves the heritage of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago Region of Wisconsin.
Paper Discovery Center Exceptional exhibits for children, families, and seasoned veterans of the paper industry alike! From historical photos of people, buildings, and machines to samples of pulp and paper, theres lots to touch, smell, and examine.
Pepin Depot Museum Small museum that has a history of steam boats on the river. Museum also contains a Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Marker. In the parking lot there is an anchor on display from the riverboat Phil Scheckel a steamboat that ran on the Chippewa river during the late 1800s.
Pepin Historical Museum The museum features artifacts from Pepin's past history as well as items relating to Laura Ingalls Wilder and that era. A well stocked gift shop is housed within the museum as well.
Port Wing Heritage Hall Newly constructed in 2001, the Port Wing Heritage Hall is a local history resource center, as well as the home of the Port Wing library. The museum features exhibits on the area's history, mainly focusing on the local lumbering and commercial fishing industries. Photographic displays of local fis...
Potosi Brewery The National Brewery Museum and Library is located on the site of the Potosi Brewery. The museum features historic beer and brewing memorabilia, including signs, advertisements, bottles, cans, and miscellaneous paraphernalia. Includes historic images of the riverboat Potosi and a description of i...
Prairie du Chien Museum at Fort Crawford Fort Crawford Museum is operated by the non-profit Prairie du Chien Historical Society. The museum boasts more than 50 exhibits in 3 buildings, which reflect the historical society's mission to tell the story of Prairie du Chien with emphasis on Fort Crawford, especially the amazing story of Dr. ...
Prescott Historical Society Museum Local historical society museum and chamber of commerce. Riverboat exhibits within the museum. In the old H. S. Miller bank building the arched windows were brought in an steamboat when the building was constructed and the building is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Racine Heritage Museum The Racine Heritage Museum offers three floors of entertaining and interesting exhibits celebrating the rich heritage of this unique community. Here the stories are told of Racine's people and their products including Hamilton-Beach, SC Johnson, Modine, Twin Disc, Case, Horlick's Malted Milk, Rac...
River Bluffs History Center Local history museum located within an old church.
Rogers Street Fishing Village Rogers Street Fishing Village is a museum village and heritage park located on the banks of the East Twin River, the traditional headquarters of the Two Rivers' commercial fishing fleet. They have four historic buildings that contain exciting exhibits on America's most dangerous profession--comme...
Solon Springs Historical Museum Features the history of the local timber industries, railroads, and water bottling company for which the town was named.
St. John Mine St. John Mine, originally a natural cave, was worked by Native Americans before Wisconsin's 1827 'Lead Rush.' Willis St. John, first Non-American to work the mine which now bears his name, made a small fortune here between 1828 and 1848. Learn how miners toiled 12-hour days, marvel at stalactites...
Stockholm Institute and Old Post Office Museum Small museum on river culture located in the old post office.
Swarthout Museum Part of the LaCrosse Historical Society's changing exhibits on the history of LaCrosse, emphasizing river life, industry, and commerce.
The History Museum at the Castle Explore history through hands-on activities at The History Museum at the Castle. Exhibits weave national and local events together to provide perspective and inspire an appreciation for history. One-of-a-kind artifacts, documents and photographs from the Museum's extensive collection helps increa...
Villa Louis Villa Louis has connections to fur trade through the Dousman family, who sent furs up the Wisconsin/Fox waterway to the Great Lakes. Mr. Dousman was also an owner of Mississippi riverboats and was partial owner of the sidewheel riverboat War Eagle.
Washburn Historical Museum The 1890's Brownstone building that houses the Historical Museum is a beautiful museum piece in its own right. The historic venue also contains the city's Cultural Arts Center. The museum features local history, including a wonderful collection of the area's maritime history. This collection incl...
Wisconsin Maritime Museum The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a 60,000-square-foot facility whose collection includes the U.S.S. Cobia, a World War II submarine of the same type as the 28 submarines built in Manitowoc during World War II. In addition to an extensive collection of exhibits and displays on Wisconsin's maritime...
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