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Mineral Point Railroad Museum

11 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI 53565
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Owner description: The Mineral Point Railroad Museum is open to the public Thursday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays noon-4pm from May through early October. The museum is housed in a two-story stone depot that is the oldest standing RR depot in Wisconsin. Our depot was built in 1856 for the Mineral Point Railroad, which was acquired by the Milwaukee Road RR in 1880. The depot was in use until approximately 1969, and the last train left Mineral Point in 1984. The depot was meticulously renovated and restored from 2000 to 2004 and reopened as a museum on September 2, 2004.The contents of the museum cover a wide range of aspects of the railroad's significance to Mineral Point and Southwestern Wisconsin, but our artifacts should appeal to adults and children of any age. We also have a 5'x11' model railroad that was professionally developed for us that reflects a scale replica of the area around the Mineral Point depot during its heyday - 1900 to 1920 - including an operating steam locomotive, water tank, lumber yard, turntable, and two engine houses. Pushing a button will cause a steam locomotive to move around the RR yard while related sounds play through a speaker. Our museum is conveniently located near other points of historical interest in Mineral Point, including other Commerce Street attractions, Shake Rag street, and Pendarvis. A comfortable tour of the museum might last 45 minutes and a visit to the museum and nearby shops (open seasonally) within walking distance would make a wonderful day trip. Mineral Point is located about 45 minutes from Madison or Dubuque. We welcome group visit inquiries - please leave us a message and we will respond. We may be able to offer your group a guided tour with adequate notice.Let us know if we can answer any questions and we hope that you visit us soon!

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Chicago Burbs
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89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

While our visit was specifically to see Mineral Point and the area, this museum would be worth a side trip. Very informative display cases professionally organized. Many old pictures and artifacts with descriptions and explanations. Recreated in the museum are a dispatcher's office and a station masters office. Vintage maps provide insights to how the area used to look. A... More

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Mineral Point, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This museum has a beautiful restored stone depot of the 1850's with an excellent display of artifacts representing Mineral Point and it's railroad and mining heritage. The staff is very personable and willing and able to discuss the exhibits and museum at any interest level. Like the entire community of Mineral Point, this museum is well worth the visit.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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116 reviews 116 reviews
43 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The Mineral Point Railroad Museum is housed in the old stone depot. The tracks were pulled up long ago to create a pleasant bike trail and the roundhouse is now a parking lot. The people of Mineral Point donated artifacts, photographs, and family histories to this well-kept, orderly, and informative place. It's nicely painted and organized inside and includes such... More

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Linden, WI
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

They've done a wonderful job of restoring the old Mineral Point Railroad Building. If you like trains, there are some nice displays there and lots of historical information about the railroad. I remember riding the train from there on a field trip in first grade. In fact, our class picture in front of the train is in the museum. Great... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Items on display were impressive. First hand account stories displayed there were top-notch.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

It takes about 20 minutes. Great information and close to some good dining too.

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Chicago, IL
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122 reviews 122 reviews
46 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2010

This is a well thought out collection of railroad artifacts and history of the railroad in and around southwestern Wisconsin. According to the display this is the oldest depot in WI and one of the few surviving pre-civil war deposts. We enjoyed seeing the pictures, maps, artifacts and copy about the railroad. My granfather worked for the Milwaukee Rd and... More

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