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H.H. Bennett Studio

215 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Historic Sites
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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Mpls, MN
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256 reviews 256 reviews
89 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Washington Island, Wisconsin
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A great little stop for anybody interested in the history of photography or how the Wisconsin Dells used to be. Fairly easy to find greatly reduced admission price.

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

H. H. Bennett made the Wisconsin Dells famous by photographing the natural landscapes in the area. He was also a pioneer in perfecting and changing the way photographs were taken. His most famous image is of his son Ashley caught in mid leap to Stand Rock. In the museum you learn about the area he photographed as well as the... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

What a wonderful little museum showing the history of the photographer who made the Dells famous. I wasn't sure if our kids (age 12 & 6) would find this museum interesting enough, but it did keep their interest and we spent about an hour and had a great time! The hustle and bustle of the Downtown strip can be a... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Loved this tiny photographer's studio hidden nicely on the main drag. Delightful and informative about the area and about HH Bennett's contribution to the promotion of the Dells. Perfect place for the history lover to unwind and relax from all the waterparks.

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