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Madeline Island Museum

226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
+1 715-747-2415
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A wonderful museum with way more to offer than at first glance

We stopped in while walking through town to duck out of the rain but spent several hours inside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brookfield, Wisconsin
via mobile
Good little museum

The staff at the museum were really friendly. They recommended a 20 minute video in the beginning... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dana L
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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May 24 - Jul 3: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm Jul 4 - Aug 23: Open daily 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Aug 24 - Oct 4: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm Jun 18 - Aug 27: Open Wednesday evenings until 7:00 pm Discover the magic that has drawn people to Madeline Island's legendary shores for centuries. Opened in 1958 through the efforts of summer residents Leo and Bella Capser, Madeline Island Museum was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 1960's. More than fifty years after opening, the original museum looks very much like it did back in 1958, chock-full of fascinating objects and artifacts from one of the richest historical collections in Wisconsin.
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226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
+1 715-747-2415
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in while walking through town to duck out of the rain but spent several hours inside learning about life on this island over the centuries. A scavenger hunt helped our 9 year old stay engaged longer as we wondered what some of the...More

Thank Kakyak
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff at the museum were really friendly. They recommended a 20 minute video in the beginning of our tour to get a history lesson of the island. It was helpful. The artifacts and information was neat to see. The only problem I had was...More

Thank Dana L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has a comprehensive history of Madeline Island as well as the Ojibwe tribe. The guides provide livable history but you can tour it on your own. I was surprised at a bill for a funeral and embalming in 1903= $7774. There is a small...More

Thank russlyna
Reviewed 9 July 2017

A must see for the island. Our kids had a great time & learned a lot! Watch the movie and then walk around looking at all the great historical pieces, especially all the Indian beading. Wow are those just beautiful! Then head on down into...More

Thank JessPem
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

The people running the museum are very friendly, and the exhibit does go thru several rooms, it's not very organized or specific. Most of the items are just old regional trapping or home items. Very few things were related to a historic family or event....More

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

The museum curators have done an excellent job of recreating early life on Madeline Island. They have a video to show put a little perspective on why Madeline Island was important not only to early fur traders, but also to the Ojibwe people. They are...More

Thank John N
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Very interesting museum with all the history of this tiny island. Kids also love it. Laid out very nice to appeal to everyone.

Thank MandySSS
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Enjoyed visiting the museum after taking ferry over to the island. Lots of neat artifacts and information about the area and local native american culture.

Thank stsm441
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

This museum does a great job showcasing the vast history of Madeline Island. Definitely watch the video presentation if you get a chance! Staff was super friendly and made great suggestions of other things to do in the area. Definitely recommend!

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Lovely museum of local culture and history going back to the french explores and missionaries. Good context for visiting the island and the region. Well informed guides and docents.

Thank Jonwal
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