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Madeline Island Museum

Address: 226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI
Phone Number: +1 715-747-2415
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in La Pointe
Type: History Museums, 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...
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Type: History Museums, 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 - 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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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Might as well check it out if you're there! The workers there where really knowledgeable. The video at the beginning was very odd but besides that it was pretty good stuff to check out.

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Lots to see and do here for kids and adults. Displays on American Indians, fur trade, white settlers. Interesting interactive displays on shipwrecks. Good 20 minute introductory film. Kids can try on different clothes, play with some items. Nice small museum shop. Discount on admissions for people 62+ This is very well done and strongly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Put the Madeline Island Museum on your to do list .... A real treasure on the Island. ... Visit the Madeline Island Museum on FB for a list of special programs & events. Great for families too.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Madeline Island Museum is visible as soon as you leave the ferry dock when you arrive on the island. We spent about an hour learning about the history of the island and the museum itself. The museum had a nice combination of exhibits interesting to adults as well as child-friendly exhibits. The staff was very knowledgeable and clearly enjoy... More 

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sonoma county
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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The movie they show does not have closed captioning and the narrators spoke too fast . The songs and photos seemed disconnected. I have been to many videos and this was the worse. Not that informative. We discovered the artifacts after wasting time in the front of the museum. The docent there did not know what certain things were for.... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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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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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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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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