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Northwoods Petroleum Museum

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Address: Highway 45 & 32, Three Lakes, WI 54562
Phone Number: 715-617-0566
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Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.)...

Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.) from over 100 years of petroleum history. The museum is amazing and impeccably organized! The owner, Jake, is very knowledgable, having owned several gas stations for 30+ years.

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Do Not Miss This Museum

This is probably the most surprising, WOW, museum we have ever visited. If you are nostalgic about anything on wheels, the petroleum industry, old gas station signs, pumps, all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
SteveandBeverly
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Springfield, Missouri
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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably the most surprising, WOW, museum we have ever visited. If you are nostalgic about anything on wheels, the petroleum industry, old gas station signs, pumps, all things gas and oil, this is your kind of place. A great trip down memory lane!! The owner of the museum is very helpful and loves his collection and talking about... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Went here during open hours but the lights were out and no one was there. Looking through the front window it looked interesting and worth a visit. It would be nice if businesses would follow hours of operation. Maybe next year, maybe not!

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Thank Bill S
Pecatonica, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

I passed this place just north of Three Lakes Wi. for years. Kinda blew it off, it looks like nothing much. Then when I finally road my bicycle by it and drove by it, I got curious. After a couple years of always missing the owner, I got my kids to go in. Remarkable place! The owner collected gas station... More 

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Marco Island, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Besides the Lakes, the Petroleum Museum is a "have to see" attraction. The owner collects gas station memorabilia and car related items. He shares some of his collection at the museum and gives great tours. During the summer, he hosts a car and bike show. All is free but highly recommend you donate on the way out. It is well... More 

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Thank David R
Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

All kinds of gas station memorabilia including pumps, signs, clothing, toys, oil cans, racing things, and candy machine. There are also a lot of the loyalty reward things you could "earn".... remember the glasses and dishes and toys??

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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A wonderful place to see many, many of the items from gas stations of years ago. Gas and oil pumps, gas station give away items, toys...too many things to list them all!! FREE - although there is a donation container. We go a few times a year as Ed is always changing things up. He knows so much about the... More 

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I haven't seen an Amphicar in years! Many of the pumps, toys, models, etc. I grew up with. Easy access from Hwy. 45 and from the bike trail (a must!) between Three Lakes and Eagle River.

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Thank Jeff E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Nice little museum with enough to keep people entertained for a while. Includes full-sized cars, gas globes, photos, and plenty more. The owner is incredibly knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. Fun for the entire family; unless you're dull and you think is history is boring.

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Thank Brianna S
Cudahy, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

If you want to see some history about gas stations and oil companies and see a lot of memorabilia, this is a place to go to. The price is right, free but donations are accepted. The owner is very friendly and has a lot of stories to tell. Depending on your interest you can see this in an hour or... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A must-stop for anyone interested at all in old cars and the stuff that goes with it! Phenomenal, the amount of interesting things here. Nicely displayed. Everyone, car buff or not, will find something interesting here.

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