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Madeline Island Museum

226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
+1 715-747-2415
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Very nice Museum

This museum is small but full of history of Madeline Island. History of trapping, hunting, logging... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2018
Tina D
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Wisconsin
Loved the diversity of displays

The local Great Lakes history was described in the interesting displays, almost like storyboards... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2017
ColletteC99
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Grass Valley, California
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May 24 - Jul 3: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm Jul 4 - Aug 23: Open daily 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Aug 24 - Oct 4: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm Jun 18 - Aug 27: Open Wednesday evenings until 7:00 pm Discover the magic that has drawn people to Madeline Island's legendary shores for centuries. Opened in 1958 through the efforts of summer residents Leo and Bella Capser, Madeline Island Museum was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 1960's. More than fifty years after opening, the original museum looks very much like it did back in 1958, chock-full of fascinating objects and artifacts from one of the richest historical collections in Wisconsin.
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226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

This museum is small but full of history of Madeline Island. History of trapping, hunting, logging and the national people who used to live there and some still do. There were people demonstrating how to make baskets, etc. there was a lady who had lots...More

Thank Tina D
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Reviewed November 10, 2017

The local Great Lakes history was described in the interesting displays, almost like storyboards. Also, the staff were friendly and well informed, open to questions and sharing.

Thank ColletteC99
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Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum for the second time today and we loved it again! It provides a great history of the island and the people that inhabited here over time. There are some great interactive displays with costumes and games that my children really enjoyed....More

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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in while walking through town to duck out of the rain but spent several hours inside learning about life on this island over the centuries. A scavenger hunt helped our 9 year old stay engaged longer as we wondered what some of the...More

Thank Kakyak
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Reviewed August 11, 2017

The staff at the museum were really friendly. They recommended a 20 minute video in the beginning of our tour to get a history lesson of the island. It was helpful. The artifacts and information was neat to see. The only problem I had was...More

Thank Dana L
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

It has a comprehensive history of Madeline Island as well as the Ojibwe tribe. The guides provide livable history but you can tour it on your own. I was surprised at a bill for a funeral and embalming in 1903= $7774. There is a small...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

A must see for the island. Our kids had a great time & learned a lot! Watch the movie and then walk around looking at all the great historical pieces, especially all the Indian beading. Wow are those just beautiful! Then head on down into...More

Thank JessPem
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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

The people running the museum are very friendly, and the exhibit does go thru several rooms, it's not very organized or specific. Most of the items are just old regional trapping or home items. Very few things were related to a historic family or event....More

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

The museum curators have done an excellent job of recreating early life on Madeline Island. They have a video to show put a little perspective on why Madeline Island was important not only to early fur traders, but also to the Ojibwe people. They are...More

Thank John N
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Reviewed June 25, 2017

Very interesting museum with all the history of this tiny island. Kids also love it. Laid out very nice to appeal to everyone.

Thank Steven S
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