Jacobsen Museum

Jacobsen Museum, Washington Island: Hours, Address, Jacobsen Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Jacobsen Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Stephanie A
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Couples
We had the absolute BEST time in this museum—given the free nature of the museum and its location on Washington Island, we were so overjoyed to discover how many gems there were in this genuine, original construction of a Washington Island cabin. The guide working on-site was incredibly knowledgeable and more than happy to share information with us, including answering questions we had. Her love of history and the island was so clear it made the experience even more positive.

Now, to be clear this is not a gigantic museum on par with MKE Public but what it is—is a gem on the shores of Little Lake rich in history. You’ll want to check it out while you’re on the island and see all the things you can. Put it on your Washington Island list!
Written June 8, 2022
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megghin
36 contributions
The Jacobsen Museum is a quaint historical place to stop by to better understand the history and founding of Washington Island. It isn't a must see, but it is interesting. The museum sits on a calm lake.
Written June 1, 2021
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Stephen M
Manitowoc, WI435 contributions
Couples
This place is worth finding. Albeit it is kind of dusty as it is old. There are a lot of interesting artifacts here. If you are not observant and curious, you will lose interest quickly. The highlight of our visit was the docent. As we were the only customers there, she spent a good bit of time with us. I look forward to our next trip to the island, I'd like to talk to her again. She was a sweet person with the knowledge of an encyclopedia. Washington Island is a national treasure. This museum will help you understand why this is so. Cannot wait for our yearly trip (car and ferry or our own boat), as this island is like a cool foreign country. The museum is free; but we always donate a couple of bucks. You should, too.
Written July 28, 2016
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Scott077
Saint Louis, MO340 contributions
There are some outdoor exhibits of pioneer life, but the museum itself is currently closed due to Coronavirus.
Written July 18, 2020
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SirKeithD
Madison, Wisconsin13 contributions
Family
I enjoy somewhat obscure, out of the way places with interesting histories where I can learn things, and this place meets all of those criteria in spades. This well cared for little spot offers unique insights into elements of Washington Island history served up nowhere else. We are only talking about an hour or two at most, but worth the minimal effort to find and visit.
Next time I am on W.I., I will return, to see what I might have missed! :)
Written June 25, 2018
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Linda_66666
Janesville, WI87 contributions
Couples
Worth a stop to meander around and see a Danish man's passion for this area. He built horizontal log cabins. Interesting history. Walk up the road a half block to People's Park. Great views of the bay.
Written July 12, 2017
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Nicholas K
Perth, Western Australia, Australia171 contributions
Friends
Near Little Lake, tucked away almost out of sight, is the Jacobsen Museum. It's not far from a small restored log cabin that once belonged to Jens Jacobsen, a mannequin of whom stands staring out through the glass front door - at night, it'd frighten the bejesus out of you if you happened to walk by. But by then you might already have broken your neck by stumbling in the dark over the strange-looking ice cutter - a bit like a thin-bladed plough - or the anchor or other artefacts of times gone by.

Not to worry - you came during the daylight. Which is just as well because the museum, at the top of a long flight of stone steps, is dingy inside. It's also very dusty because there's so much stuff - cramming the long log building chockablock, giving any vacuum cleaner a nervous breakdown. And the museum probably hasn't felt the lick of a feather duster since Jens built it in 1931, doing so using long vertical logs.

But forget all that - just sneeze delicately into tissues from a fast depleting box - as you explore the many historical collections of native fossils, rocks, Indian artifacts .... There is also delicate and intricate scroll work by the man himself. So, too, are ship models, sketches, poems and God only knows what else. The place is jammed full of interesting stuff.

After his death in 1952 at the age of 85, his family donated the museum to the people of Washington Island. Since then, other islanders have donated even more artifacts and antiques to the museum. Take the time to check it out - you're bound to find things of interest. Just remember to take a big box of tissues with you. Enjoy!
Written August 17, 2014
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Gwen B
Chicago, IL207 contributions
Couples
The Jacobsen Museum is a quirky little log cabin packed full with neat artifacts, from Native American tools and objects, to the objects an early settlers of the area might need to live there. It’s in a beautiful, woodsy setting. If you’re visiting Washington Island, stop by to see this neat little place.
Written June 18, 2019
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Julie G
Chicago, IL86 contributions
Family
Loved this little log cabin museum! Not just Island history. Interesting, Kitchy history! And the museum worker made it really come to life! There are Indian artifacts, cool old photos, crazy devices that are now outdated or dangerous, local antique posessions, intricate, jigsaw, lathe art, carved, local ships, and a magical rock map of the area, used by the Indians.
No fee, donations appreciated. And it is just off a beautiful spot on a little lake with picnic tables and a park setting.
Written March 11, 2018
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mpg0815
Appleton, WI349 contributions
Couples
Wasn't sure what to expect!
Old rustic, log building! Built in 1931!

I was surprised by its outstanding, regional collection of natural and historical artifacts.

Had so much fun taking my time looking, reading and learning!

Pieces of history of the island on display including Native American (Potawatomi) artifacts found in the area!

If you love history this is a "must see"!
Take your time... hidden gems are abound!
Look up and down and all around!
Written August 22, 2017
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Jacobsen Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM