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“Amid the Dust” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jacobsen Museum

Jacobsen Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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112 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Amid the Dust”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

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!

Visited August 2014
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English first
Omro, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

This was a very interesting museum. The guide was polite and very informative. This island is quite amazing, and it's great they have saved so much of the history and are so willing to share it with everyone!

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lots of history and artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

We almost missed this little gem as it's kinda tucked away, glad we stopped. Lots of information about the island and it's history. They are renovating a few small one room cabins to show what life was like in the 1800's. Lots of donated old items including a switchboard that was used in the 1940's. Old tools, textiles, books, photos and a wonderful gentleman that was giving detailed information and stories about what we were seeing. A fun stop.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Sharon M
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Saint Paul
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60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cool - quaint”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was really out-of-the-way even for Washington Island but the uniqueness and friendliness of the staff made our visit worthwhile.

Visited July 2014
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wheaton IL
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351 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Great stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Washington island a handful of times never knew of this place...you must stop.
It's very charming, small but very informative. They have preserved this very well, and have a little house that has a man there who will tell you all about Washington island, what you should see thank god we spoke to him and he makes sure not only do you know about his museum but things all around the island. They kids will get a kick out of it!

Visited July 2014
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