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Geneva Lake Museum of History

255 Mill St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
262 248 6060
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Lake Geneva
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: Showcasing a treasure trove of information and artifacts of the Lake Geneva area dating back to the 1880s, the Geneva Lake Museum is a must-see for... more »
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

After visiting the Smithsonian, you might find this a bit disappointing, but for a small town, it is quite well done. The building is a former mill (the town was built on a river and used water to power millworks), and has a variety of things from the city's history (going back to 1836 -- about the same age as... More

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Lindsborg, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was a good location and offered insights as to historic Lake Geneva attractions that no longer exist. Who knew there used to be a Playboy Club in the area?

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Des Moines, Iowa
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80 reviews 80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Lots to see and do for all ages. Nice use of technology throughout to illuminate the exhibits. (My favorites were the typewriter concert and the train display.). The Pickard Pottery display through Jan 2015 is exquisite! It is of exceptional quality. Volunteers are very friendly and informative. Thank you for this jewel!

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Wheeling, IL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is a must visit. The staff was great and took the time to explain every section of the museum. I mentioned that I home school my daughter and the staff went the extra mile to show my daughter some very interesting facts. They encourage children to touch their exhibits, very nice. Ask question when you go, they are very... More

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chicago
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Our family of 4 ranging in age from 7-93 loved this museum It was not easily handicap accessible but they went out of their way to accomodate my grandfather in his wheelchair. It was relatively inexpensive. kids under 11 are free. It was very informative and we enjoyed it. Great rainy day place to go. It was very interesting to... More

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lake county,illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A lot of local info about Lake Geneva up till the 1930's worth the admission, within walking distance of downtown, takes about an hour or so to see it all. Interesting facts about the wealthy people that established Lake Geneva as a resort town.

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Marion, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went to the museum one afternoon thinking we would be there for an hour. We were there over 2 hours. Wonderful history in there. Tom our guide was awesome.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I think this is a great little museum to get the history of the Lake Geneva area. It has exhibits that give you a feeling of how things use to be. They are honest about what happened to the Native Americans who were displaced. It is also a great place to cool off on a hot day while learning the... More

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Wood River, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Surprisingly large and well display exhibits in a small summer vacation town. Latest addition this year is a Woodland People (native American) exhibit and a great special exhibition of Pickard Chinaware. Enjoyed the main part of the musuem which features main street Lake Geneva from 1830 to 1930. But many other things to see, including a Ceylon room with beautiful... More

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Chicago
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

If this museum was not here it would have been a bit boring in lake geneva. The staff is amazing. They allow you to play with some of the bells and touch some items. Most items are not behind glass. We loved the kitchen of the 1800 and 1900. My 8 and 9 year old kids loved it. I highly... More

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