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Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Tucked in a quiet, hilly, neighborhood of Wausau is one of Wisconsin’s most interesting museums. The Tudor home that was the base building was donated by the Forester family in the 1970s. It has been expanded greatly since then, with… Continue Reading →

UW Madison Geology Museum

Tucked on a side-street towards the south end of the UW-Madison campus is the UW Madison Geology Museum. A science museum/hall has been part of the campus since its inception. While small, like most university museums, it has many excellent… Continue Reading →

National Mustard Museum

Let’s be clear here, this is the National Mustard Museum, mmm-kay? This isn’t just some local, small-time mustard museum. Nope, national. Top of the line, leader of the pack, far out-ranking any other mustard museum in the country. That is,… Continue Reading →

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

Evangeline Bergstrom was fascinated with glass paperweights from childhood. Her passion, combined with her personal “pedigree” and her husband’s money, allowed her to amass a world-class collection of glasswork. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Begstrom and her fellow glass enthusiasts… Continue Reading →

Gills Rock Maritime Museum

If you’ve got a bit of time to kill before the arrival of the Washington Island Ferry, head on over to the Gills Rock Maritime Museum. The museum contains a number of local artifacts and displays on the local shipping… Continue Reading →

Miller Art Museum

The Miller Art Museum is tucked in the Sturgeon Bay public library. While not large, it is an attractive open space with plenty of room to admire the work. A central reading area offers visitors a comfortable spot to peruse… Continue Reading →

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, is a top go-to spot when visiting the Twin Cities. With floors of hands-on activities, the whole family can easily spend a day being amused. Areas include the human body, natural sciences, paleontology… Continue Reading →

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is likely the most ornate house in the midwest open to the public. The original owners, the Turnblad family, made their fortune with a Swedish language newspaper. The mansion has every feature de rigueur to the… Continue Reading →

Weisman Art Museum

Clinging to the banks of the Mississippi, the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum looks like it landed, rather than was built. One of famed architect Frank Gehry’s designs, the museum is a convoluted, twisting silver mass reminiscent of one of… Continue Reading →

Bell Museum of Natural History

While modern museums with hands-on demos, touchpads of information and shiny new displays certainly have their appeal, there’s definitely something to be said for the traditional museum display. The Bell has all the appealing touches of an old science museum… Continue Reading →

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