As the weather starts to cool, it’s a great time to explore history. These three museums offer fascinating collections that will take you back.
Old Courthouse Museum
320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend, WI 53095
This museum is worth visiting for its impressive historical architecture alone. Built in 1889, the Old Courthouse Museum is a superb example of Richardson Romanesque Revival architecture. It originally served as the county courthouse and it later housed other county offices. In the 1990s, community members, county officials and the Washington County Historical Society saved and renovated the building to its 1800s splendor. Today the museum features hands on and interactive activities and exhibits that tell the story of Washington County from the age of the glaciers to the industrial age.
Oshkosh Public Museum
1331 Algoma Blvd.,
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Located in Oshkosh’s historic downtown, this museum is home to exhibits that showcase the rich history of the Oshkosh area, including the lumbering and logging industries that helped build Oshkosh into the city it is today. The museum features 10,000-square-feet of exhibit space and it regularly hosts world-class traveling exhibitions and events. The museum’s hands-on and interactive local history exhibits appeal to visitors of all ages. Several of the museum’s galleries are located in the historic Sawyer family home, a 1908 English Tudor Revival residence built in 1908.
106 Albertson Learning Resources Center
UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
Explore the richness of natural history at the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History. The museum opened in 1968 to exhibit portions of UW-Stevens Point’s research and teaching collections and to acquire specimens related to its areas of research. Today the museum holds collections featuring 11 areas of natural history including anthropology, archaeology, botany, entomology (the study of insects), geology, herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), ichthyology (the study of fish), mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology and paleontology. The museum focuses its collection efforts on the Upper Great Lakes and adjacent Great Plains.