When the wind is howling outside, head indoors and discover some of Wisconsin’s most interesting attractions.
Housed in a dramatic new building on the banks of the Milwaukee River, West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art is a great place to spend a cold winter’s day. West Bend is located less than an hour northwest of Milwaukee in the rolling, green hills of the Kettle Moraine. The museum features art by Wisconsin artists. It’s the largest collection of its kind and includes a definitive collection of paintings by the Milwaukee-born artist Carl Von Marr. Don’t miss the breathtaking exhibit of Native American photographs, “Edward S. Curtis and the Vanishing Race,” which runs through January 5.
EAA AirVenture Museum
See more than 250 airplanes on display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. Each of the planes housed in this enormous museum is an important piece of the story of experimental aviation. You’ll find planes on the floor, ceiling and walls of this exciting and colorful museum. There’s also a section devoted to children – you’ll find exhibits that teach about the physics behind flight as well as piloting an airplane and air-traffic control. You’ll leave with an appreciation for the amazing technology behind flight and the brave men and women who dared to pilot these machines.
One of the strangest museums in Wisconsin is the National Mustard Museum, located in downtown Middleton. This one-of-a-kind shrine to the ubiquitous sandwich topping is pure fun. If you’re a lover of mustard, you’ll be thrilled by the sheer size of the collection – thousands of jars, tubes and bottles adorn the walls. But, even if you’re merely neutral when it comes to the subject of mustard, you’ll leave with a sincere appreciation of the condiment. Don’t miss this quirky and creative collection.