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Madeline Island Museum

226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI
+1 715-747-2415
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in La Pointe
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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 -... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We learned a lot about the area visiting the museum. We really enjoyed information about the lighthouse candle illuminator. I recommend stopping here to learn more about the island.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Given that my patience with museums is a half-day or less, this was one of the best, most informative times I've had in a history museum. It is filled with original artifacts from the rich history of the area which includes fur trading, logging, shipping, lighthouses, fishing, hunting and pioneer existence. I am not Native American so will differ final... More

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La Pointe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This museum is a must-see when you visit the island! Madeline Island has a unique history: it's the center of the universe for the Anishinaabeg who settled here after migrating from the east led by prophecy; it was one of the major centers of the fur trade under the French, British and Americans; it has been home to intrepid settlers... More

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Cleveland, WI
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Madeline Island Historical Museum is a great way to while away an hour or so and learn about the area and heritage of Madeline Island. I wasn't a great fan of the movie, but the museum itself had many wonderful, interesting artifacts. We talked to a local woman who worked as a guide at the museum and she was... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

There is a lot more going on in the museum than meets the eye. Although the exhibits are well-marked, the docent really brought it all to life. We also had the good luck to visit when Ojibwe crafts were being displayed and sold by the artists who made them.

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Zimmerman, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The movie they showed was way too long, but the museum was fun to see what life was like in the early days.

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Omro, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

It is a place you must visit when you come to the Island. It is nice to see that so many people loved the museum. I kind of think it lacked something. The movie told of the history of the island which was good, but it went a little fast for me since I had no prior knowledge of the... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Past and present, the people who have lived on Madeline Island have stories to tell. This museum is an important place to visit if you wonder what life on a definitely-not-tropical island is all about!

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a real treasure for those who like some history about the places they visit. It gives you great stories about Madeline and the surrounding area, along with some great art. There was also a very engaging young man working for the museum whose interpretation of the artifacts made the history even more intriguing. Don't miss this museum!

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Osceola, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

this museum has a nice collection of local history. the items are displayed very nice for all ages to see. The collection show a great history of the local area. Everyone should ask about the house that fell though the ice.

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