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Address: 226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI
Phone Number: +1 715-747-2415
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May 24 - Jul 3: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Jul 4 - Aug 23: Open daily...

May 24 - Jul 3: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Jul 4 - Aug 23: Open daily 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Aug 24 - Oct 4: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Jun 18 - Aug 27: Open Wednesday evenings until 7:00 pm

Discover the magic that has drawn people to Madeline Island's legendary shores for centuries. Opened in 1958 through the efforts of summer residents Leo and Bella Capser, Madeline Island Museum was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 1960's. More than fifty years after opening, the original museum looks very much like it did back in 1958, chock-full of fascinating objects and artifacts from one of the richest historical collections in Wisconsin.

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Excellent Historical Venue

This place chronicles the history of the island and the enduring lives of the Ojibwa Native American to maintain their identity in their struggle to keep their ancestral land from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jeofrey B
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Naperville, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place chronicles the history of the island and the enduring lives of the Ojibwa Native American to maintain their identity in their struggle to keep their ancestral land from the encroachment of the white settlers in exchange for reservations. Their experience remain the darkest chapter in U.S. history. Theirs remain a struggle! Our voice is their voice to keep... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did not plan to go to the museum, but it was the highlite of our excursion to Madeline Island. My granddaughter was amazed at the differences in life styles from the 1800 to present times. She loved the free handouts, especially the paper dolls!

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Chisholm, Minnesota
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want the history of the Island, stop in here and you will not be disappointed. Lots of interesting stuff for a decent price.

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Cascade, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there were a lot more hands on activities in here than what i had expected. everything was beautifully displayed and explained. very educational for kids, and interesting for the art lover.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a weekend when they were having a special fur trading event. We engaged with all of the participants as they explained about their particular "job" during the fur trading hey day. They knew so much information and it was clear they loved history! The same can be said for the staff who were inside the "older" section... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a Thursday afternoon. Not crowded. Displays are not overwhelming but plentiful. Bravo to the folks who had the vision to establish the museum. Bravo to the staff who are clearly passionate about their islands history. You enter the 'new' addition to the museum but do not miss walking down the hallway to the original museum! Outstanding! So glad... More 

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative. This is a small but very interesting museum. Lots of small artifacts and pictures with explanations. It appears that several small historic buildings were moved to this site and incorporated into the display area. The 15-20 minute movie presentation was excellent. A very enjoyable hour or so for a small admission fee. Don't pass this up.

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Thank BC W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

A great glimpse into the history of Madeline Island. We learned a lot from the video & enjoyed both the traveling exhibit as well as the artifacts in the old museum area.

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Woodstock, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

During Visitor Appreciation weekend, you get free ferry passes back to the mainland if you purchase tickets for the museum. Plus tickets were half off and kids 17 and under are free. So of course we did this. It is small, quick museum on the histories of the island. Lots of photos and artifacts in the local Indian tribes that... More 

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Galesville, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Enjoyed the short film history. My kids still sing the songs they heard on this film and giggle! Also, the native American history was interesting -- especially the history of the pow-wow and the displays of authentic antique beadwork clothing.

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