August 12, 2013

Three Museums to Visit this Fall

This fall, discover the fascinating history of Wisconsin. These three museums tell the story of Native Americans, fur traders, loggers, European settlers and others.

Old Courthouse Museum

Head to Oshkosh to learn the fascinating history of the Lake Winnebago Region of Wisconsin. The Oshkosh Public Museum collection includes 60,000 historic photographs, 1,080 linear feet of archival records and 250,000 objects illustrating the region’s past and the broader context of national history.  Visitors to the museum will see exhibits devoted to the ecology of the Fox and Wolf river systems as well as the history of the community of Oshkosh. It’s a museum that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

In West Bend, there’s one building that stands out more than all the others. This majestic, red-brick courthouse was built in 1889 and is now home to the Old Courthouse Museum, one of the finest local-history museums in the Midwest. You’ll learn the complete story of Washington County, from the glaciers to the gilded age. Hands-on, interactive exhibits make it a great place to take the kids.

The Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center in Vilas County is the perfect introduction to Ojibwe culture. For generations, the Ojibwe have called the Northwoods of Wisconsin their home. The museum includes a four-season diorama, a 24-foot dugout canoe, birch-bark canoes, a French fur-trading post, a world-record lake sturgeon and a variety of Ojibwe arts and crafts.

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