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Address: 400 Oconto Ave, Peshtigo, WI 54157-1226
Phone Number:
+1 715-582-3244
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Fire Museum is open from Memorial Weekend through October 8. On October...

The Fire Museum is open from Memorial Weekend through October 8. On October 8, 1871, a firestorm roared through Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas, killing over 2,000 people and destroying the entire city and its livelihood. The Peshtigo Fire Museum preserves this heritage through storytelling, exhibits of artifacts from the fire, displays of the lifestyle at the time of the disaster, and a cemetery to memorialize those who died.

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This museum hadn't been part of our original plan but we decided to stop since we were driving by. This museum was fascinating. There was a gentleman volunteer for the museum... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

This museum hadn't been part of our original plan but we decided to stop since we were driving by. This museum was fascinating. There was a gentleman volunteer for the museum telling the history of the fire. The displays and history were most interesting.

Thank Belashmoo
Dousman, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Lots of stuff to see in this museum. Our guide was Pauline and she knew quite a bit about the fire and trivia about the people that lived in the area at the time of the fire. Some actual artifacts from the fire. Also the museum was featured on Diggers TV show not long ago and they also found many... More 

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Effingham, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

The Peshtigo Fire Museum, which is housed in a former church, has many artifacts from the period that are interesting. There are two movies available to sit and watch about the local people, and the forest fires that occurred at the same time as the great Chicago fire, however the Peshtigo Fire resulted in much more damage and casualties. One... More 

Thank moonstone0005
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

If you are interested in the Chicago Fire, Peshtigo Fire, and the half-dozen or so that occurred in Michigan all on the same night, this is a must-see. While there are only a few items that are actually from the Great Peshtigo Fire, the museum is full of items from the period. The volunteers were most helpful and knowledgeable. We... More 

Thank David A
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Relics, pictures and news articles tell the astounding story of the 1871 Peshtigo fire, the same day as the more famous Chicago fire, in which at least nine times as many people perished. State officials in Madison did not even learn of the fire until 3 days later, because the only telegraph line was burned. A wide array of historic... More 

Thank Robert L
Peshtigo, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

The volunteers go out of their way to help visitors understand what happened on the night of October 8, 1871. There are some artifacts from the fire, but remember that the city was destroyed, there is not much. However, there are letters, stories, pictures, books, and primary resources there for those who just want to know about this event. The... More 

Thank Martha S
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Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

Even though I have lived in the area many years, I had never taken the time to visit the Peshtigo Fire museum. I found they have a wonderful collection of items mainly from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.I enjoyed my visit

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Springfield, United States
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

We were up near Antigo on vacation and we always go on an adventure. A friend asked if we knew about the fire that was on the same day as the great Chicago fire but was larger with more lives lost. We'd never heard about it so we went to learn more. Not much survived (obviously), but there are a... More 

Thank David W
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Stopped in at the museum on our way through Peshtigo. Glad we stopped it was very interesting and enjoyed the whole experience.

Thank avalanchjoe
Madison, Wi
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

The museum is housed in a former church. The space was well used. Museum was not cluttered and easy to navigate. Volunteers were welcoming and helpful. Be sure and visit the cemetery and read the markers.

Thank lovethebayarea

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