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Wonderful small town museum...really depicts well the Sturgeon area. Docent most kind and... read more

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Door County Treasure

The generosity and cooperation to donate items that unfold the story of Door County citizens is... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

This place is packed with everything from a fire house (with a truck you can sit on), to an old telephone operators station. There is something here for everyone.
Kids will find the complete firehouse and jail exhibits interesting and fun, with a bell you can ring (once per person, thank you), to jail cell to investigate, and a few fire trucks to poke around in.
Adults will find... wow, just about everything else. This place is PACKED with stuff. From the fish boil exhibit and Native American archeological findings upstairs, to an amazing array of historical things downstairs.
If you really want to investigate everything in this museum, be prepared to spend the better part of a day there. I've been there four or five times, and I still find something new every time I go.
In fact, that's the down side to it all. There is SO MUCH stuff here, that seeing it all and really reading and learning about all the exhibits can be daunting.
Just in the entry way, you have stained glass windows, a four seasons tree with tons of taxidermy, an auditorium with interesting (if a little dry) historical films, a fully set up 19th century hearth with household items and tools, Native American artifacts, a music player that must be heard, glass bottles, jars, and other household items from many different times, and guides that will be happy to talk with you about everything in the museum, and really know their history. All this, and you haven't even stepped into either part of the museum proper.

Take a good day, perhaps a rainy one where you don't mind being inside, and plan to spend a couple of hours. The place is much bigger than it looks, and with everything that's on display, you're going to want to take your time. Take an elder, too! There's enough stuff that everyone will have a story related to an item on display.

Don't miss this one. It's free (with a suggested donation, that I happily give), and though a little intimidating at first, it can be a great way to connect to history and appreciate the present.

2  Thank bhavin p
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Nearly passed it by last spring, but saw an add and went. HUGE FUN - great little museum - the building is beautiful - and the diorama is beautiful and educational.

Thank architect1961
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Surprisingly interesting. I don't usually enjoy museums but this one kept my intrest every where I looked.

Thank donnagustin2
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

This is one of best free museums you'll every see. It has lots of character and artifacts. Kids will love it. Best of all is that it's FREE!

Thank Nancy T
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Reviewed August 24, 2017 via mobile

Interesting place with so much to see. The taxidermy is amazing with so many types of birds,animals and even a salamander. That is just the beginning with a lot of items and photos going back to the earliest settlements in the peninsula. All the items of everyday life and many inventions from those in the area. The fire equipment and history including the great fire that killed so many was quite a display. The hearse and other items from the funeral service was so interesting because it not something one usually see. This place is a must see for those who love history.

Thank ddsplitts
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