From local history to Harry Houdini, The History Museum at the Castle offers a glimpse into Appleton and the Fox Cities. The stories told here have local and national significance and are sure to amuse, provoke and inspire.
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc., a registered non-profit organization located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates a vital house museum that preserves the legacy of the Pabst brewing family and their impact on the citizens, history, and culture of the Greater Milwaukee community. Additionally, the Mansion is home to a celebrated art collection, decorative arts collection, archives, educational programs and events.
The Chippewa Valley Museum connects people to the community and inspires curiosity by collecting, preserving, and sharing the region’s historical and cultural resources. Located beneath towering pines in Eau Claire’s beautiful Carson Park, this nationally recognized museum covers 300 years of history, starting in the 18th century when Ojibwe Indians met French traders and up to the present. The Farm Life exhibit explores the region’s rich farming traditions and History Quest lets children become history detectives. No one should miss the 1950’s ice cream parlor or the 23-room dollhouse. The grounds include the one-room Sunnyview Schoolhouse and the 1867 Anderson Log House, a rare Norwegian style log house constructed in the 1860s (both open from Memorial to Labor Day).
The East Troy Railroad Museum and tourist railway offers a scenic 14-mile round-trip train ride on historic electric trolleys, streetcars and interurban cars on the last remaining segment of the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company system. Visitors can experience the history of train travel as it was 100 years ago.
The Washington County Historical Society operates 2 museums and 1 historic site that preserve history of Washington County. Over 30,000 artifacts are part of the varied collections that tell the story of a county that harmoniously blended rural living and the industrial age. The History Center of Washington County Museum site includes the Old Courthouse Museum with nine exhibits and a restored 1889 Courtroom. The 1886 Sheriff Residence & Jail explores life and work of a Sheriff’s family. The Old Courthouse houses the Research Center.
The Civil War Museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the six states of the upper middle west: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that sent over 750,000 men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the northern states to carry on the war. Through the use of personal stories and narratives, the Museum explores how the Civil War impacted the people on the Western home front before, during, and after the war by connecting the prewar causes to the postwar effects.