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“A New Take on the Streets of Old Milwaukee” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear
839 North 11th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
+1 414-273-1680
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Ranked #2 of 92 Attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Museums
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Owner description: A Milwaukee nonprofit organization dedicated to giving visitors a glimpse into Milwaukee life between the world wars with authentic items displayed in store settings. Guided tours are offered at no additional charge, and there is free off-street parking behind the building.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“A New Take on the Streets of Old Milwaukee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

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.

Visited February 2013
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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thank you for your review! Great to hear that you enjoyed walking through each exhibit! The immersion concept was a major concept we created to set us apart from others. The mannequins were originally intended to be more humorous than lifelike, but thanks to the useful feedback of visitors like yourself we are actively modifying that idea now in April.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Step back in time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The Chudnow Museum is a great new addition to the already unbelievable history scene in Milwaukee! I discovered this museum last weekend and saw such a large collection of Milwaukee memorabilia I will have to go back again to make sure I didn't miss anything. Great price, great collection, friendly staff.

Visited March 2013
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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for discovering us! We have future events that showcase our collection as well.
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“Great find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Looking for something different to do on a rainy, late winter Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee, we came across this little museum with high Tripadvisor marks, and the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear did not disappoint. It was a wonderful find, with an extensive collection of early to mid 20th century, Milwaukee centered memorabilia, with historic interest ranging from popular culture to politics. The staff is not only very accessible, enthusiastic and friendly, but, in the opinion of this product of a multi-generation Milwaukee family, also knowledgeable about their collection. It's definitely a terrific addition to the Milwaukee museum scene, and for those looking for something other, or more manageable to do, than one of the larger museums, this is a winner.

Visited March 2013
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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
We are glad you made the trip! We love to give guided tours of our collection.
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“Great little place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

We had a personal tour arround the gorgous house. The price was great to get in and there was a collectables to see!

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“Enjoy a Slice of Yesterday, Today!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear on the edge of the Marquette University campus is a hidden delight! It offers a nostalgic yet educational exhibition of artifacts that represent life in Milwaukee during the inter-war period of the 1920 and 1930s. I love the ambiance of the house-made-museum. It features 18 rooms/spaces depicting "lifescapes" that range from a general store to a hooch parlor. The little theatre on the second floor is a real plus; including authentic, period theatre seats, this room features a short film about the era the museum celebrates. It also hosts speakers including historians and authors, who discuss topics related to Milwaukee. I've returned to the museum several times to enjoy two lectures --and even a viewing of the original film version of "Frankenstein."

As a historian and lover of all things Milwaukee, I heartly recommend a stroll through the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear!

Laura A.

Visited November 2012
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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
"Lifescapes"- what a great term, thank you! We're still showing nostalgia movies once a month.
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