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Art Preserve

The fantastic new Art Preserve, created by the Kohler Foundation, is a continuation and culmination of their long-running work to preserve outsider art. The JM Kohler Art Center has displayed works of outsiders for decades. The Kohler foundation has preserved… Continue Reading →

Cana Island Lighthouse

The Cana Island Lighthouse takes a bit of getting to. A shallow channel runs between the mainland and island. Visitors can made over some large rocks, or catch a ride on a wagon hitched to a tractor. Neither are the… Continue Reading →

State Historical Museum

Galleries show recreations of native-American homes and clothing, clothing and tools brought by early settlers, photos of a changing Wisconsin and even a Wisconsin tavern, complete with mounted deer head.

Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

Stop by to see small, changing shows by national and local artists.

Minneapolis Institute of Art

The entire world of decorative art is here. Fantastic and endlessly amazing.

Minnesota Museum of American Art

The “Minnesota Museum of American Art” is a most grandiose and inaccurately named location. The small, one-room gallery is dwarfed by the size of the outer ante-chamber and shop. Additionally, the one show on display when we visited was of… Continue Reading →

Bell Museum of Natural History

The new Bell has the warmth and appeal of an airport. Too little actual content, too much faux puffery.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

The Minnesota Center for Books Arts is primarily a place for book-art related classes and workshops.

The Museum of Russian Art

The subject matter ranges from Soviet posters, embroidered clothing, notable Russian painters – even photos of Chernobyl. While small in size, the shows are of excellent quality and very unique.

Pavek Museum

Massive, elaborate radios from the 1920s share space 1970s television cameras, metal tape machines, a working morse code station and vintage Apple IIe.The vast number of changes in communications in a relatively short amount of time is staggering.

Museum Louvre It Or Leave It

The quirky and eclectic collection of art was a donation of Joann and Gary Fink and include sculptures, paintings, photography, cartoons and prints.

Goldstein Museum of Design

However, the pieces that are publicly available are of exceptional quality – from top couture names to examples of the most common, such as the ghastly Earth Shoe.

American Museum of Asmat Art

The Asmat people are a native community living on New Guinea, an island in the Pacific north of Australia.

The History Museum at the Castle

A diverse, if odd, collection of displays worth visiting if you are in downtown Appleton.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a tiny museum with a breath-taking collection of art. Despite having only 5 galleries, its permanent collection contains many of the biggest names in art. Wander among Klee, Monet, Cezanne, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Gogh, O’Keefe.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee’s Natural History museum is a safe bet for entertaining a group of people with diverse interests. There’s dinosaurs, live butterflies, very dead bugs,  minerals and shells, ancient cultures, the rain forest and dioramas galore.