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Northwoods Petroleum Museum

Highway 45 & 32, Three Lakes, WI 54562
715-617-0566
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.) from over 100 years of...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Three Lakes
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great little museum for anyone interested in the history of petroleum and the gas industry. Friendly owner. And it is Free.

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Glencoe, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We have visited this very well put together and interesting museum on several occasions. You can walk from the center of town or bike there as it lies along the bike path. The gentleman who owns and runs the museum does it because it is his passion and it shows. Well worth the visit.

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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Went to the museum while they were hosting the annual car show outside. Its a fun thing to do fo 45 minutes to an hour. Mostly a guy thing so would leave the ladies at home unless they are into old gas station items.

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Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

You can reach this museum via the 3 Eagles bike trail or by car. It is a wonderful collection privately collected and impeccably displayed by Ed, a local resident and auto historian. Even if you think you are not interested in cars or petrol memorabilia, you will be amazed by this collection and will find at least 3 items that... More 

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Quite a collection of old petroleum related "stuff" gathered by the owner over the years. He had many stories to tell. He noted that one recent visitor said he would bring his grandson back. He suggested he should bring his father and grandfather! I agree. Much fascinating historical stuff.

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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Not sure if you will find another collection like this one anywhere else. Tastefully assembled and friendly owners. Definitely will take you back in time with some great days gone by memories. Very well done.

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Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews 110 reviews
18 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

We too have driven by this place for years and finally stopped. It is much bigger than you expect from looking at it outside. The owner is pleasant and entertaining. It is right on the Three Eagle bike trail. I would suggest that he sell drinks and he would make some $ for all those who 'pass by'.

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