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Mineral Point Railroad Museum

11 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI 53565-1302
+1 608-987-2695
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Great little Museum. The town has done a great job of restoring the building. The community has... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Jamie W
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Mukwonago
So Many Great Artifacts!

During our recent stay in Mineral Point, we were drawn to this lovely little depot museum - and... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Miswis
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Milwaukee, WI
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The Mineral Point Railroad Museum is open to the public Thursday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays noon-4pm from May through early October. The museum is housed in a two-story stone depot that is the oldest standing RR depot in Wisconsin. Our depot was built in 1856 for the Mineral Point Railroad, which was acquired by the Milwaukee Road RR in 1880. The depot was in use until approximately 1969, and the last train left Mineral Point in 1984. The depot was meticulously renovated and restored from 2000 to 2004 and reopened as a museum on September 2, 2004.The contents of the museum cover a wide range of aspects of the railroad's significance to Mineral Point and Southwestern Wisconsin, but our artifacts should appeal to adults and children of any age. We also have a 5'x11' model railroad that was professionally developed for us that reflects a scale replica of the area around the Mineral Point depot during its heyday - 1900 to 1920 - including an operating steam locomotive, water tank, lumber yard, turntable, and two engine houses. Pushing a button will cause a steam locomotive to move around the RR yard while related sounds play through a speaker. Our museum is conveniently located near other points of historical interest in Mineral Point, including other Commerce Street attractions, Shake Rag street, and Pendarvis. A comfortable tour of the museum might last 45 minutes and a visit to the museum and nearby shops (open seasonally) within walking distance would make a wonderful day trip. Mineral Point is located about 45 minutes from Madison or Dubuque. We welcome group visit inquiries - please leave us a message and we will respond. We may be able to offer your group a guided tour with adequate notice.Let us know if we can answer any questions and we hope that you visit us soon!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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11 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI 53565-1302
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+1 608-987-2695

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Reviewed 16 May 2017

Great little Museum. The town has done a great job of restoring the building. The community has donated a lot of historical items to make the place even more interesting.

1  Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 7 May 2017

During our recent stay in Mineral Point, we were drawn to this lovely little depot museum - and we're SO glad we stopped in! The restoration of the building is beautiful, and the artifacts and photos - and also, the scale model of the Mineral...More

1  Thank Miswis
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We found this museum very interesting as my husband worked for a railroad years ago and sold off surplus property and old depots for the Illinois Central and Gulf Railroad. We always go see old railroad depots during our travels and Mineral Point's depot is...More

2  Thank Patti2
Dave M, Manager at Mineral Point Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Hello, Thank you very much for your kind words about our museum. Our volunteers have invested so much time and heart into restoring the depot and maintaining the museum so hearing such nice comments from the community is very gratifying. Your comment about the staircase...More

Reviewed 20 August 2016

This museum provides a comprehensive history of railroading as it delevoped in the Mineral Point area. It looks at how role of mining and the connection it had to the railroad. Lots of excellent displays to take in.

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

The main thing about this museum is that it gives you a glimpse of what Mineral Point used to be. It's amazing to see what the town looked like 60 and 100 years ago

1  Thank RandR J
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Very interesting and nicely restored building, many photos of trains, and the people that operated them along with the history of the rail road.... a real gem for Mineral Point. There are two floors so it may not be accessible for all. Plenty of parking...More

1  Thank ADS1943
Reviewed 7 April 2016

If you are interested in early Railroads, this is the place for you. I wouldn't recommend it for causal tourists. No photographyMore

1  Thank Stephen C
Dave M, Manager at Mineral Point Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2016

Hello Stephen, Thank you for your comments on our museum. We hope that our museum is interesting for everyone - not just railroad fans - and we have received many positive comments from visitors that were not railroad fans. But, we welcome hearing that our...More

Reviewed 15 September 2015

Photos, artifacts, a large working model train and a great building! Also close to some great eateries and bars

1  Thank JLN20152015
Reviewed 21 July 2014

While our visit was specifically to see Mineral Point and the area, this museum would be worth a side trip. Very informative display cases professionally organized. Many old pictures and artifacts with descriptions and explanations. Recreated in the museum are a dispatcher's office and a...More

2  Thank 14clubs
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This museum has a beautiful restored stone depot of the 1850's with an excellent display of artifacts representing Mineral Point and it's railroad and mining heritage. The staff is very personable and willing and able to discuss the exhibits and museum at any interest level....More

3  Thank L F
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Response from Dave M | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your interest. We are a non-profit museum and do not have a mandatory admission price. But we ask for a $4 donation per adult and welcome accompanied small children without seeking a donation. We... More
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