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Madeline Island Museum

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Address: 226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI
Phone Number: +1 715-747-2415
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Description: May 24 - Jul 3: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm Jul 4 - Aug 23: Open daily...
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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This fine museum is operated by the State of Wisconsin's Wisconsin Historical Society and is a very short walk from the ferry landing. It is a lively and varied museum, with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This fine museum is operated by the State of Wisconsin's Wisconsin Historical Society and is a very short walk from the ferry landing. It is a lively and varied museum, with bright, airy modern displays, a film, and an excellent gift/book shop in the newer wing. The current exhibits in this wing when we visited focused on pow wow traditions... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Staff very helpful and informative. A self guided tour around the museum explains the history of boating on lake superior.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

High quality throughout. Very interesting and well presenteded. Highly recommended. Good combination of media and artifacts.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We thought we'd stop by the museum before the ferry was to leave. What we didn't know is that it goes on into other sections and into a log home. Definitely allow more time for this visit. Very informative videos; they have a docent to explain articles and people of the area in the log cabin. Hand made American Indian... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is an interesting museum featuring a look at the Indian culture on Madeline Island and the history of the early settlers. Well produced video show. Some of the artifacts could be labeled better.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

There's not much to DO in La Pointe, other than eat, drink, and visit tiny galleries (not that there's anything wrong with that!). So we wandered over to this small museum, and were pleasantly surprised at their offerings. They had a nice array of artifacts, which I had expected, but the short film they show going over the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We enjoyed touring the museum it was our best part of the island. They have it well laid out and someone there to explain the history of the area

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We stopped in for a visit and was amazed at the exhibits. Very interesting and gave the history of the Island. A nice museum that is not very large to keep the interest of families with small children.

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La Pointe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a must see when visiting the Island - great museum, wonderful staff and gift shop is also fun! Great place to learn history of the area! Well organized, interesting with changing displays each year!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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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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