Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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See, hear, and honor the stories of Wisconsin veterans from the Civil War era to present day. Learn where Wisconsinites served and why their sacrifice still matters today.
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1-2 hours
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  • AndrewFromMadison
    Madison, Wisconsin3,292 contributions
    One of the main attractions in Madison
    This museum, along with The State Historical Museum and Chazen Museum of Art, are the must-see trio in Madison. Beautifully reconstructed dioramas, as well as plentiful historical firearms, are at the core of this museum. The story line goes from war to war in chronological order, and covers some little-knnown conflicts as well as major wars that everyone is aware of. My only grudge here is they don't allow flash photos, so it's hard to make good photos while visiting (hence four stars instead of five in ratings)
    Visited October 2019
    Written January 15, 2020
  • Betty
    2,773 contributions
    Educational and respectful!
    This museum is very well put together and a great educational experience for all ages. The exhibits go through the different wars. There were videos that showed the experiences of the veterans. Lots of interactive displays - check out the periscope and view the Capital. Definitely a must see. The museum is free and you can leave a donation.
    Visited October 2021
    Written November 10, 2021
  • Madeline K
    Wisconsin14 contributions
    Quick and Free
    This is not a large museum so you don’t need a ton of time to go through it. Everything is extremely well organized chronologically making it easy to understand how things change over time. There are a lot of really interesting artifacts and it is neat to see how Wisconsin fits into National or global events! I was also pleasantly surprised that there was no admission cost!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
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Charles H
Lincoln, NE144 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
I was a Madison resident for 22 years. I had seen two earlier iterations of this museum but somehow never made it to this "new" site. I moved away but was back for a visit and determined to get over here. Wow! It's hard to believe the curators have managed to pack so much into so little space, including tanks and aircraft. Its emphasis is on Wisconsin vets but it covers all bases from the Civil War on. One of the most impressive things to me is the quality of the mannequins: they are all portraits and look as if they are ready to speak. I don't know if they are portraits of real people but there seems not to be a single duplicate in the whole museum. Every one is different and very lifelike without being at all "creepy," like a wax museum. One of my favorite tableaus is of the young American nurse with two wounded men in a rear area somewhere in France in WW1 (picture attached). The doughboys are laughing and joking and talking and singing with the young woman as she plays the piano. It's heartwarming just to see it. You can almost hear them. GO to this museum. It's suited to all ages, beautifully curated and maintained, and tells the story of American arms.
Written November 30, 2017
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SEMkap
Waukesha, WI48 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Amazing museum with great exhibits for FREE! Would visit every day. Only downside is the cost of parking. Also, can something be done about the homeless people on the side of the building? I was very uncomfortable walking by and one of them tried to sell me urine scented soap.
Written August 28, 2017
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Johnl3d
Milwaukee, WI33 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Looked over the exhibits on wars where americans were involved. Interesting some done better than others but allwere good
Written April 10, 2019
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Tim D
Canton, SD9 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
If you would like to learn about Wisconsin Veterans of our Nations Conflicts this is the place to go. If your goal is to teach your children about their ancestors who fought in these conflicts this is also the place to go. If your interest is in Military History you will not be disappointed. One of my relatives fought in the Civil War and Homesteaded in Dunn County Wisconsin. I make sure I visit anytime I am in town and this trip made a pilgrimage to bring my father and brother to see our Great Grandfathers name on the Civil War Roll Call that they have here. As a lover of history, I typically stop at any museum like this. I have never seen such a tribute in traveling through, (So Far) 46 of our United States. The staff is helpful to the extreme and I can only thank the citizens of the state of Wisconsin for this wonderful asset. I am astounded that it is open to everyone for free! I always make a donation but never have I been asked or felt pressure to do so. Thank you for this jewel in this incredible city!
Written January 23, 2019
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Diane P
Irma, WI50 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We got there just as guided tour was finishing. Next time we will have a guide. Lots information from the guide. This place has displays that are very realistic. It has things from the Civil War up to the War on Terror. If there is room it would be nice to recognize some of the other smaller operations. My son Army Ranger (A/2/75) John Mark Price was killed in Operation Just Cause, December 20, 1989. He was the only one from Wisconsin that was a KIA.
Written September 12, 2018
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Charles B
Montreal, Canada33 contributions
Nov 2017 • Business
This is a small, 2-room museum in an unremarkable building across the street from the Capitol and the Wisconsin Historical Museum (also recommended) in the middle of downtown Madison. In those 2 rooms, however, is an excellent review of the military history of Wisconsin and, by extension, of the larger conflicts in which Wisconsin military personnel have been involved, from the Civil War to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The biggest emphases, quite naturally, are the Civil War and the two World Wars, but all of the conflicts are portrayed with both artifacts (weapons, uniforms, etc.) and life-sized and highly realistic dioramas, with succinct and well-written text to accompany them. The slightly larger room featuring the more recent conflicts is dominated by actual aircraft suspended from the ceiling, a tank in one diorama, and, appropriately, a beautiful model of the battleship USS Wisconsin. The military history buff could spend several hours here, but the casually interested will cover it in about 30-45 minutes; in any case, admission is free, so you don't have to worry about value for money. The gift shop has a nice selection of books,DVDs, toys, t-shirts and other souvenirs.
Written November 6, 2017
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Ron H
Rockford, IL540 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
One of the best military museums we've encountered. The realistic displays will "take you there" with dioramas depicting conflicts from the Spanish American war up through present day events. The museum is full of armaments, rifles, and equipment, along with audio and visual recordings. And don't forget to look up to see an actual Japanese Zero, a navy aircraft and a helicopter in action from Vietnam. This is the most extensive display we've encountered and worth your time. There is no cost, but donations are accepted and there's a wonderful gift shop with a host of military related clothing, toys and remembrances. I rate this an A++ and highly recommend visiting.
Written December 14, 2016
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divindi
Madison, WI17 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
they welcomed us in gave a brief history and were able to answer questions-the propaganda display was neat -i see some posters that sounded like my mothers words hmm i see they got her in her youth-donation box there no fee-nice history of america-
Written August 22, 2016
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buckyfanWi
WI153 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
A nice museum that does not charge, but asks for donations. It is a smaller museum as everything is on one floor, but the exhibits are done very well.
Written July 26, 2016
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Gpackergal
Lancaster, WI323 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Were at the Capital for a tour and we had some extra time so we stopped at the Veterans Museum. The kids were impressed and so was I. It does not take long to go through the Museum but worth stopping and learning more about our past. I was impressed on their displays, they look so real. They have a great gift shop, if you are looking for something for a veteran. I would say it will take you about 45 min. to 1 hour to go through this, that is if you read everything.
Written December 17, 2014
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