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Wisconsin Historical Museum

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Address: 30 N Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703-2707
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+1 608-264-6555
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Bringing Wisconsin's history to life through exhibits on the material...

Bringing Wisconsin's history to life through exhibits on the material culture of the state and the Upper Midwest, from prehistoric times to present day.

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I stopped in to see the temporary exhibit but decided to visit the permanent exhibits as well. This isn't a large museum but the exhibits are interesting and well-presented. I was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017
Sarah S
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I stopped in to see the temporary exhibit but decided to visit the permanent exhibits as well. This isn't a large museum but the exhibits are interesting and well-presented. I was pleased to find a good deal of space dedicated to Native American history. This is a well-rounded collection of exhibits and very educational. It is appropriate for school-age children... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

I had some time to kill waiting for my daughter to finish her finals, so decided to give this museum a go. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of exhibits in this place. They had a lot of history of the native peoples of Wisconsin, up to current times. The floors, four of them, were packed with information. You... More 

Thank AndyB5542
Okawville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We enjoyed this museum immensely as it took you through the various stages of Wisconsin growth, from the days of pioneering to modern times. They have tons of artifacts, nicely displayed as well as life size dioramas depicting early life of Native Americans and early settlers. Most interesting and surprising were some of the industry associated with Wisconsin. I'm not... More 

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Hilliard, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Had it not been raining, we probably would not have ventured inside. If you're looking for a cold or rainy day activity, this fits the bill. If you're an outdoor person, keep walking outside. The four floors of the museum gave a nice overview of Wisconsin history. Young kids may be bored because there are not a lot of interactive... More 

Thank Thomas L
Fallbrook, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a great museum that starts with the indigenous peoples and goes into modern times. There is a wonderful timeline that shows the political direction of the country state by state. Very interesting to see how different areas of the country felt about the presidential candidates. Great artifacts, photos and descriptions. No charge, donations accepted. Wonderful gift shop.

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Holland, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I appreciated this museum about Wisconsin history. I thought the most interesting floor was about the Native Americans; being from Michigan, it was interesting to hear the Native American and fur trading stories told from a different angle. I also enjoyed the special exhibit on the history of elections in the US. Overall, I was glad we decided to visit.

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Fenton, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We are not from Wisconsin so this was a great way to learn about Wisconsin and its history. It is self guided so you can move at own pace. We could have used some suggestions for parking. We ended up parking several blocks away and walking. The street parking was labeled for permits. N

Thank Sue B
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This museum was a very pleasant surprise. We are new to the area and wanted to learn more about WI. We picked a perfect place to visit as this was so interesting and informative. Great exhibits which even the children enjoyed, and we came away with lots of knowledge.

Thank gr8passage
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I visited this attraction with my four children (8,11, 13 and 15). While they enjoyed the entire museum, everyone enjoyed the Indian exhibits the most. We are familiar with East Coast Indians, and these were different in many ways. Mine also liked all the voting on the top floor. Blue Star Museum We ate lunch (heavy sandwiches) at the Old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This museum spans 4 different floors and we need to go back to see the exhibits on the top floor more closely as we ran out of time. Very nice exhibits and a worthwhile stop for visitors as well as locals.

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