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Address: Highway 45 & 32, Three Lakes, WI 54562
Phone Number: 715-617-0566
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Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.)...

Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.) from over 100 years of petroleum history. The museum is amazing and impeccably organized! The owner, Jake, is very knowledgable, having owned several gas stations for 30+ years.

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The second best thing to see in Three Lakes

Besides the Lakes, the Petroleum Museum is a "have to see" attraction. The owner collects gas station memorabilia and car related items. He shares some of his collection at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
David R
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Marco Island, Florida, United States
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Marco Island, Florida, United States
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Besides the Lakes, the Petroleum Museum is a "have to see" attraction. The owner collects gas station memorabilia and car related items. He shares some of his collection at the museum and gives great tours. During the summer, he hosts a car and bike show. All is free but highly recommend you donate on the way out. It is well... More 

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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

All kinds of gas station memorabilia including pumps, signs, clothing, toys, oil cans, racing things, and candy machine. There are also a lot of the loyalty reward things you could "earn".... remember the glasses and dishes and toys??

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Thank 86pointer
Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A wonderful place to see many, many of the items from gas stations of years ago. Gas and oil pumps, gas station give away items, toys...too many things to list them all!! FREE - although there is a donation container. We go a few times a year as Ed is always changing things up. He knows so much about the... More 

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Thank lkutchera
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I haven't seen an Amphicar in years! Many of the pumps, toys, models, etc. I grew up with. Easy access from Hwy. 45 and from the bike trail (a must!) between Three Lakes and Eagle River.

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Thank Jeff E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Nice little museum with enough to keep people entertained for a while. Includes full-sized cars, gas globes, photos, and plenty more. The owner is incredibly knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. Fun for the entire family; unless you're dull and you think is history is boring.

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Thank Brianna S
Cudahy, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

If you want to see some history about gas stations and oil companies and see a lot of memorabilia, this is a place to go to. The price is right, free but donations are accepted. The owner is very friendly and has a lot of stories to tell. Depending on your interest you can see this in an hour or... More 

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Thank Ray K
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A must-stop for anyone interested at all in old cars and the stuff that goes with it! Phenomenal, the amount of interesting things here. Nicely displayed. Everyone, car buff or not, will find something interesting here.

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Thank 5Martini5
Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

No charge...donations accepted and well worth a donation. The owner has collected tons of gas and oil memorbelia. Always changing it up too!!

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I can’t say enough nice things about this museum. It was really nice and my wife who usually has no interest in this type of thing seemed to enjoy it. I don’t know how long we were there but I expected for us to be in and out in less than 15 minutes, we spent way longer than that looking... More 

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Thank JeffS1977
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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194 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited on a rainy day. Like the other reviewers, we had driven by for years. What a treasure! Fascinating and really nicely done displays of classic car and gas station culture. (I work at a large museum and know the work that goes into a good display). The owner is just delightful and welcoming. Will please everyone, not just... More 

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