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Address: 407 Merchants Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-2249
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Small, but good for local history

This museum covers an interesting variety of topics, from the history of dairy farming in the state and local area, to the Blackhawk and Civil wars, as they relate to both the... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This museum covers an interesting variety of topics, from the history of dairy farming in the state and local area, to the Blackhawk and Civil wars, as they relate to both the nation and the Fort Atkinson area, as well as glimpses of prehistoric native culture, 19th and early 20th century life in the town. The exhibits are well presented... More 

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Hoard Historical Museum is a great place to visit any time of year. A wonderful look into the history of the area. They also have a great research room for use and a wide variety of events.

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amyz7890
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Visited here during the Christmas open house. The place was busy for a special event. Visited with a sportsman who enjoyed the exhibits with taxidermied birds and history of duck hunting in the area. I most enjoyed learning about the Native American mounds. The Christmas open house was a great time to visit with a piano player playing Christmas music,... More 

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Fall River, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I took my grandkids, ages 13 and 11, to visit this museum. We thought it would be entirely about the dairy business but there were some other interesting things, as well. We learned about the Indian effigy mounds. And there is a nice little gift shop, too.

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Thank pennyannette
Aurora, Colorado
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384 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

My wife and I stopped in here during our vacation in WI and we loved it. There are several sections to the museum and a small parking lot out front. There are several rooms dedicated to the dairy industry. One room has old dairy equipment and pictures and info on various cattle and people influential in the industry. Another room... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

The Hoard Historical Museum is a very well curated eclectic collection of information. It is as if multiple themed museums were combined. It contains: - Information on the Hoard family and their influence on the dairy industry and Wisconsin politics. - Information on the Wisconsin dairy industry. (This section is pretty much shamelessly self-promoting, but still very interesting, particularly if... More 

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Thank Bill W
Cambridge, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 March 2016

So much to see with the dedicated dairy museum area, native american area, and the well stocked and comfortable historu library.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Located in the restored home of one of Wisconsin's first Governors, this museum is a gem. Beginning with the history and artifacts of the mound builders long before the early white settlers, and continuing with the native Americans that interacted with those early settlers, sometimes adversely, as in the Blackhawk Indian wars, when a general named Henry Atkinson, led several... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

For a smaller museum it is very impressive. It covers the history of Fort Atkinson and the surrounding area very well. It also houses the Dairy Shrine. The area is known as the Land of Blackhawk and the museum has a section devoted to that, and Abe Lincoln.

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Thank Kathy K
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

As someone born in Wisconsin with family roots there, I was thrilled with all the exhibits teaching me about Wisconsin history. I was not aware of all the contributions made by the Hoard family. I loved all the old photos and newspaper clippings. I also enjoyed seeing the old family home, in part because it was so much like the... More 

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