Visit these fun and sometimes quirky historic attractions
Wisconsin is full of interesting museums and historic sites. Some of these attractions chronicle local lore. Others showcase artifacts and exhibits about important local figures. If you’re looking for something to do this fall, take a drive through Wisconsin and stop at these one-of-a-kind museums.
Located in West Bend, the West Bend Company Regal Ware Museum tells the stories of two cookware companies that helped to build the community of West Bend and shape the way Americans cooked. The museum is a fascinating study of American consumerism and Twentieth-century industry.
Oshkosh is home to the outstanding Oshkosh Public Museum, one of the finest local history museums in Wisconsin. The contents of this well-designed museum are centered around the Lake Winnebago Region. You’ll learn about the area’s wetlands, early European settlers and history as an important industrial center during the lumber boom of the late 1800s.
Located just minutes from Madison, Middleton is home to the excellent Middleton Historical Museum and Historic Train Depot. Together, these two buildings in downtown Middleton house a treasure trove of artifacts from Middleton’s past, including one of the best Depression glass collections in the Midwest.
In Black River Country, you’ll find the Little Falls Railroad and Doll Museum. See a fantastic model railroad layout as well as a set of dolls portraying Presidents’ wives in their inaugural gowns. Kids can play on a 40-foot train and toddlers can ride the “Toddler’s Trike Trail.” It’s a fun, family-friendly museum you don’t want to miss.
In the small community of Manitowish Waters in Vilas County, you’ll find the site of the shootout between FBI agents and John Dillinger’s gang. John Dillinger escaped, but the bullet holes left by the FBI agent’s guns remain. Today, the lodge is a restaurant. Have breakfast, lunch or dinner at Little Bohemia and imagine the era of gangsters and G-men.
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