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H.H. Bennett Studio

Address: 215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone Number: 608-253-3523
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Visitors learn about the life and times of the 19th-century pioneering photographer H.H. Bennett at...
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Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Visitors learn about the life and times of the 19th-century pioneering photographer H.H. Bennett at this historical learning center and museum.

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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I like seeing what the Dells once were - and this is the man that brought them into the public eye. The museum is tucked away between all the t-shirt and misc souvineer shops downtown, but is well worth the few buck to go through. Even just stopping in the shop gives you an idea of what the Dells were.

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

H.H. Bennett was a photographer whose photos of the Wisconsin Dells area were largely responsible for drawing throngs of tourists to the area. Visiting his studio and the exhibits are well worth the time.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The history museum & gift shop were top notch. Learned so much about the Dells area and also about photography history here. I wish I had found this place a little sooner in the vacation and had more time to spend here. It sure beat walking through all the other tourist store selling tourist junk you would expect to find... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We attended as part of a conference tour (otherwise the parking might be rather difficult). I think the guided tour adds to the understanding, but it probably isn't necessary. I found it interesting, and really liked browsing the books and photos for sale afterward.

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Mpls, MN
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253 reviews 253 reviews
89 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a museum that pictorially portrays the development of the Wisconsin Dells. The H. H. Bennett Photography Studio was the oldest business in Wisconsin Dells. It has been transformed into a fascinating museum that spotlights the history of the Dells through H.H. Bennett's photographs. We spent more time than we planned to at this museum. It is very well... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went on a Dells tour boat ride and discovered a back-story of the region more fascinating than all the water parks and amusement parks put together! What a fascinating individual Mr. Bennett was, and what energy and enthusiasm he imparted for this gem of a natural beauty this region is. This jewel of a museum and photo gallery is... More 

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Lodi, Wisconsin
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We had never been here before and decided to give it a try. The woman at the desk was quite pleasant and gave us great directions about not only the museum itself, but the new collection of photos upstairs. Well worth the $7.00 entry.

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Denver, Colorado
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Almost everything in the Dells is beyond tacky. It's sort of like the Branson, MO of Wisconsin. However, the H.H. Bennett Studio is a breath of fresh air. It is a great museum. Apart from it's successful preservation of an 1800s "frontier" photographer's studio, the museum displays much of Bennett's work. While he may be responsible for ushering in the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you want to see what the Wisconsin Dells looked like in the late 1800's before the dam was built, this is the place. Lots of original cameras, dark room equipment from over 100 years ago. Upstairs there are modern photos that are awesome of the Dells.

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Mandan, North Dakota, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a MUST see first thing on your trip. The museum shows you how one man's vision and love of the area helped shape it into what Wisconsin Dells is today. The museum was relatively inexpensive and well worth the stop. After you leave there, you will have a better feel for the area. Definitely don't miss stoping here!

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