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Wisconsin Historical Museum

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Address: 30 N Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703-2707
Phone Number: +1 608-264-6555
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

Bringing Wisconsin's history to life through exhibits on the material...

Bringing Wisconsin's history to life through exhibits on the material culture of the state and the Upper Midwest, from prehistoric times to present day.

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We went inside because it was raining

Had it not been raining, we probably would not have ventured inside. If you're looking for a cold or rainy day activity, this fits the bill. If you're an outdoor person, keep... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Thomas L
Hilliard, Ohio
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Hilliard, Ohio
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69 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Had it not been raining, we probably would not have ventured inside. If you're looking for a cold or rainy day activity, this fits the bill. If you're an outdoor person, keep walking outside. The four floors of the museum gave a nice overview of Wisconsin history. Young kids may be bored because there are not a lot of interactive... More 

Thank Thomas L
Fallbrook, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a great museum that starts with the indigenous peoples and goes into modern times. There is a wonderful timeline that shows the political direction of the country state by state. Very interesting to see how different areas of the country felt about the presidential candidates. Great artifacts, photos and descriptions. No charge, donations accepted. Wonderful gift shop.

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Holland, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I appreciated this museum about Wisconsin history. I thought the most interesting floor was about the Native Americans; being from Michigan, it was interesting to hear the Native American and fur trading stories told from a different angle. I also enjoyed the special exhibit on the history of elections in the US. Overall, I was glad we decided to visit.

Thank stellarsong
Fenton, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We are not from Wisconsin so this was a great way to learn about Wisconsin and its history. It is self guided so you can move at own pace. We could have used some suggestions for parking. We ended up parking several blocks away and walking. The street parking was labeled for permits. N

Thank Sue B
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This museum was a very pleasant surprise. We are new to the area and wanted to learn more about WI. We picked a perfect place to visit as this was so interesting and informative. Great exhibits which even the children enjoyed, and we came away with lots of knowledge.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I visited this attraction with my four children (8,11, 13 and 15). While they enjoyed the entire museum, everyone enjoyed the Indian exhibits the most. We are familiar with East Coast Indians, and these were different in many ways. Mine also liked all the voting on the top floor. Blue Star Museum We ate lunch (heavy sandwiches) at the Old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This museum spans 4 different floors and we need to go back to see the exhibits on the top floor more closely as we ran out of time. Very nice exhibits and a worthwhile stop for visitors as well as locals.

1 Thank buckyfanWi
Holladay, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

While waiting for our late flight we had some time so my teenage son and I wandered through. Don't be fooled when you walk in the actual historical displays are on floors 2-4. There were only a person or 2 on each floor while we went through so it was quiet and peaceful. Typically Museums aren't really my thing but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is a small museum but has a lot of interesting things to see Each floor tells a different story of the state There is no real charge but a donation is requested The section on the early days of the Indians is very informative

2 Thank bradyboy2
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

The museum had some awesome collections especially some of our home, a Keck design. The museum has housed many of the pics, documents, and blueprints. This is a real treasure. The staff was very helpful in finding the information and sharing what they knew. They were interested in what we knew as well.

1 Thank Terryl D

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