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Madeline Island Museum

226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
+1 715-747-2415
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Excellent Historical Venue

This place chronicles the history of the island and the enduring lives of the Ojibwa Native... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2016
Naperville, Illinois
via mobile
Opened my granddaughter's eyes.

We did not plan to go to the museum, but it was the highlite of our excursion to Madeline Island... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
+1 715-747-2415
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This place chronicles the history of the island and the enduring lives of the Ojibwa Native American to maintain their identity in their struggle to keep their ancestral land from the encroachment of the white settlers in exchange for reservations. Their experience remain the darkest...More

1  Thank je0freyb
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We did not plan to go to the museum, but it was the highlite of our excursion to Madeline Island. My granddaughter was amazed at the differences in life styles from the 1800 to present times. She loved the free handouts, especially the paper dolls!

Thank Val715
Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you want the history of the Island, stop in here and you will not be disappointed. Lots of interesting stuff for a decent price.

Thank mcdonapa
Reviewed 14 July 2016

there were a lot more hands on activities in here than what i had expected. everything was beautifully displayed and explained. very educational for kids, and interesting for the art lover.

Thank klunx71313
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We visited on a weekend when they were having a special fur trading event. We engaged with all of the participants as they explained about their particular "job" during the fur trading hey day. They knew so much information and it was clear they loved...More

Thank Dgbtravels
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Visited on a Thursday afternoon. Not crowded. Displays are not overwhelming but plentiful. Bravo to the folks who had the vision to establish the museum. Bravo to the staff who are clearly passionate about their islands history. You enter the 'new' addition to the museum...More

1  Thank lmsgroup
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Very informative. This is a small but very interesting museum. Lots of small artifacts and pictures with explanations. It appears that several small historic buildings were moved to this site and incorporated into the display area. The 15-20 minute movie presentation was excellent. A very...More

Thank BC W
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

A great glimpse into the history of Madeline Island. We learned a lot from the video & enjoyed both the traveling exhibit as well as the artifacts in the old museum area.

Thank Nola D
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

During Visitor Appreciation weekend, you get free ferry passes back to the mainland if you purchase tickets for the museum. Plus tickets were half off and kids 17 and under are free. So of course we did this. It is small, quick museum on the...More

Thank Jamie M
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Enjoyed the short film history. My kids still sing the songs they heard on this film and giggle! Also, the native American history was interesting -- especially the history of the pow-wow and the displays of authentic antique beadwork clothing.

1  Thank Untame
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