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Surprisingly interesting

I'd been to dozens of restored 18th and 19th century restored villages and wasn't expecting much... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Annapolis, MD
Good review of the Swiss heritage of New Glarus

While located on a relatively small lot, there was a lot to see and learn. They village is... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Luis M
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This 14-building compound presents the story of the founding of New Glarus in 1845 and traces the colony's growth into a dairy farming community that continues to keep alive its ethnic heritage.
612 7th Ave, New Glarus, WI 53574-9581
+1 608-527-2317
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd been to dozens of restored 18th and 19th century restored villages and wasn't expecting much from this one. But once we got past a fairly boring introductory video, I found the buildings to be surprisingly interesting. May not be worth a detour but is...More

Thank Watsson
Reviewed 16 July 2018

While located on a relatively small lot, there was a lot to see and learn. They village is comprised of a number of buildings (some restored originals and others replicas) of the types of you might have found in the early days of New Glarus....More

Thank Luis M
Reviewed 9 July 2018

I had no idea what to expect, but was very impressed with our experience. Tours can be joined at any time, which is very convenient. We were heading out of town, so we took in a bit of tour and walked the rest ourselves. There...More

1  Thank pantone808
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This heritage museum keeps the story of the first settlers of New Glarus alive and interesting. For $9, either you can tour the 14 buildings and artifacts on site on your own following a pamphlet or you can have a guide show you the buildings...More

2  Thank lark77
Reviewed 9 June 2018

We decided to stop to view this village on our trip to New Glarus brewery. For $9 the tour was well worth the time as a local retiree guided us through the village history of how the Swiss emigrated to the area in the 1840's....More

1  Thank rlfman
Reviewed 6 June 2018

For a small historical site, this place manages to give you a lot of history and a real feel for the life of the early settlers in New Glarus. We learned a lot from the museum-style exhibit in the center and then had a nice...More

1  Thank Whitney S
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Who knew there was so much history right in the middle of the small neighborhood of New Glarus? History is so important and the folks here really work to preserve it. The care and attention that is given to this museum and the way the...More

3  Thank ManderleyAgain
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We lucked out and were there when they had a harvest fest, so I don't know if all the activities are usually there. There were demonstrations at every building, with knowledgeable, friendly re-enactors. It was fun for young and old alike!

1  Thank Bellinghamster64
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

A small but interesting collection of building dating back to the Founding of New Glarus by Swiss immigrants. Each building provides original artifacts from more than a century ago. I recommend the print shop and the cheese making building as must see spots. It would...More

1  Thank KPatt
Reviewed 3 October 2017

New Glarus is a quaint Swiss-style village in SW Wisconsin. A short distance from Madison, it is easy to do in an afternoon. The brewery there is also a key attraction not to be missed.

1  Thank FreeSpirit250
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