I'm a history buff, and I concur with an earlier viewer about this being similar to the Milwaukee Public Museum's Streets of Old Milwaukee. The difference is that the Chudnow is Milwaukee between the wars, although there are some pre-WWI artifacts on display. MPM's Streets of Old Milwaukee is definitely turn-of-the-century and prior.
What I about the Chudnow and what make it different than Streets of Old Milwaukee is that each vignette is walk though; it's like you can walk into each 'shop,' be it the grocery store, or the ice cream parlor or the barber shop. They did not skimp on the displays. The immersion experience versus the behind the glass experience I think is great for any parent--especially you homeschoolers out there--that wants to get their kid to have a better feel for history.
I think the only thing I don't like are the mannequins. They're not creepy or anything like that, but clearly, this place is a labor of love and in this economy, may be running on a limited budget. As I said before, they did not skimp on the vignettes, but I kind of wonder if they ran out of money, as they fell short on the 'people' in the displays. Hopefully, as this place gets more visitors and makes some money they can replace the frumpy mannequins.
It costs just a few bucks and you can do the tour self-guided or with one of the staff members. I was fine with self-guided, but I also am familiar with Milwaukee history.
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