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.
The Beloit Historical Society operates two facilities: Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett Street, Beloit houses the museum, library and archives. Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead, 2149 St Lawrence Avenue, Beloit, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a furnished 1857 stone house with outbuildings. (Access and guided tours are by appointment only.)
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is an accredited art museum located in the Fox Cities region of Wisconsin. The art museum opened in 1959 to house the most representative collection of glass paperweights in the world and now holds three additional glass collections including, antique Germanic drinking vessels, Victorian art glass and contemporary studio glass. The museum focuses solely on glass offering temporary exhibitions in this captivating medium. The Glass Studio at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass offers public instruction in flame working and kiln-formed glass making techniques throughout the year for youth and adults. General admission is free, always.
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 Dinosaur Discovery Museum is the only museum to focus on the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds. The museum collaborates with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology in ongoing field work, research and education. See our bone lab and the largest exhibit of meat eating dinosaur in the world .
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.
Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s four galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday through Thursday, noon–5 pm; Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm; and is closed on Mondays.
The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. The Museum’s four floors of over forty galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the Museum’s far-reaching Collection. Included in the Collection are 15th– to 20th–century European and 17th– to 20th–century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art. Among the best in the nation are the Museum’s holding of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. The Museum also holds one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe.
The Racine Art Museum (RAM) holds the largest and most significant contemporary craft collection in North America, with more than 8,000 objects from nationally and internationally recognized artists who create meaningful statements in craft media. RAM’s mission is to elevate the stature of craft to fine arts by presenting ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, polymer, and wood alongside paintings and sculptures. Exhibitions at RAM emphasize ideas behind the artwork, rather than following strict media categories.
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.
For over 55 years we have provided exiting opportunities for our community to participate in the visual arts. Through the founding gift of Dr. Monroe and Sandra Trout and continued support of many benefactors in our community, the growth continues. Regional art competitions, national traveling exhibits, our annual art festival – Art at the Park, studio classes, and educational opportunities for all ages reach tens of thousands of visitors and local residents each year.
The Racine Zoological Gardens, or Racine Zoo, is a zoo situated on 28 acres on the shore of Lake Michigan in Racine, Wisconsin. The zoo is operated by the Racine Zoological Society, a non-profit organization.