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Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

Address: 101 West Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186-4811
Phone Number: (262) 521-2859
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Waukesha
Type: Museums
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Hartland, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Our family decided to visit the Waukesha County Historical Museum for their Halloween Night at the Museum - when its exhibits come to life. We learned this is the 3rd year the Museum has hosted this fun, theatrical and well played drama adventure through the museum at night. The theme this year centered around some Waukesha County history, but included... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's hard to miss this imposing building right on Waukesha's Main Street. Offering three floors of exhibits, the museum has an interesting Civil War section; a fascinating exhibit on Waukesha's past as a renown resort town where celebrities and others would come for the "healing" spring waters, with additional information on the bottling and extensive distribution of those waters; a... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

There is everything you wanted to know about Waukesha in this small museum. Also just added a small section on Les Paul.

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Glen Ellyn, IL
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79 reviews 79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We are musicians and came to the museum for this exhibit...it was very good...$7 well spent. Learned a lot about Les and how he came to invent the electric guitar from household objects. Loved Les's inspirational quotes, such as "I set my sights high and with determination. If you believe in yourself you need only reinforce all of your dreams."... More

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited during their "Night at the Museum" event. There were some interesting exhibits that I didn't expect for a small, local museum. The actors in the "Night at the Museum" show were working their hearts out to engage our somewhat-shy boys. I've recommended this museum to other moms in my neighborhood. It's a nice little diversion some weekend afternoon... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We are Les Paul fans, which drew us here for the special exhibit honoring "The Wizard of Waukesha," but enjoyed the other exhibits, as well. Very nice Civil War displays and a travelling program from Canada that chronicled the Underground Railway and some of the local contributions to that effort. Yes, it's a small museum, but, in our experience, sometimes... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The exhibits are okay but too much emphasis is put on the "City of Waukesha" rather than the "County of Waukesha" and I do believe the name of the museum is "County" not "City". Besides Les Paul, there were numerous other people of importance born, raised or lived in Waukesha County but there is no mention of any of them... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Enjoyed our visit and found there was much more to see and enjoy than we had anticipated. Worth the price of entry.

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Waukesha
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This museum has a little bit of everything - some exhibits better than others. Their featured exhibits are usually good like the current Les Paul exhibit. Last year we saw a biographical exhibit on Owen Gromme, a WI artist. Check before you go.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

After moving to this area and visiting the museum, I was amazed to learn the history of the "healing waters" of Waukesha. Apparently, people used to come to Waukesha from all over the world to drink and/or bathe in the water from the springs, which were thought to have healing properties. There are still one or two springs in the... More

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