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“Nice Place To See Midwest Culture”

Chippewa Valley Museum
Ranked #7 of 33 things to do in Eau Claire
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Have your own adventure in history at Eau Claire's nationally recognized Chippewa Valley Museum, open year-round. The museum offers award-winning exhibits, beautifully preserved historic structures on the grounds, fun activities, a 1950's ice cream parlor, a museum store, and more. A visitor favorite is the multi-media object theater "This Day." The Chippewa Valley Museum sits beneath towering pines in Eau Claire's beautiful Carson Park, a 134-acre peninsula nestled inside horseshoe-shaped Half Moon Lake. The Chippewa Valley Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is located by the downtown area. It offers Midwest culture from around the area. I would visit when all of the outdoor exhibits are open. I visited back in grade school many years ago and not much has changed. When I have hosted visitors from other countries I have brought them here. Staff is mostly volunteer that tend to chat way too much if you let them. You won't see any ancient Egypt or Mayan exhibits here but worth the trip. Young children may get bored.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

I like to take my family for something to do it eats up a few hours and it's a good value. Wish they would change out the items every so often. I feel it's somewhat small for the area.

Thank Jay W
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Chippewa Valley Museum is located in beautiful Eau Claire's Carson Park. Exhibits Like Settlements & Survival, Paths of the People, Farm life, Object Theater, Art & Children Gallery Make for a wonderful time at this Entertaining and Enriching Museum that "Tells Stories" about American History. I really liked "The Glenn Curtis smoot Library" Thousands of Historic Images, Documents and More. The Kids Loved The Historic Buildings and the Ice Cream Parlor that sit on the Museum Grounds.(love the Malts). And they have a Museum Store With Gifts,Cards,Postcards and Photo's. This is a Good sized Museum for a medium sized Town, Come and see,Do that, And Discover Everything, From Exhibits to Ice Cream. Go online to get Museum Hours and Admissions. tell Them Larry sent You!

3  Thank Larry M
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

The Chippewa Valley Museum has more than you'd expect. My husband and I recently took our ten month daughter on National Museum Day, 9.28.13, for which we received free admittance! It was quite enjoyable and will be even more eventful as she enhances her vocabulary and begins to read. Everyone was very kind, the ice cream cheap and we found the exhibits to be informative and interesting. We look forward to returning for years to come to encourage her to learn about Chippewa Valley's history and the different cultures which have made this area unique.

1  Thank Alex G
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Nestled in a beautiful natural setting called Carson Park surrounded by the waters of Half Moon Bay - This museum has the small-town charm, but big on Chippewa Valley history! I grew up in the Eau Claire area as well and enjoy visiting the Museum for an afternoon of history and reminiscing. My mom loved the farm/Milking Parlor since she grew up on a farm south of here. It's a great place to take the kids and teach them the valuable history of our cities founding fathers and what made it great. I heard that they will be updating the major exhibit hall next year - I can't wait to see and explore the new attraction inside. Be sure to visit the old-time Ice Cream Parlor before you leave - so yummy!

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