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Peshtigo Fire Museum

400 Oconto Ave, Peshtigo, WI 54157-1226
+1 715-582-3244
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Great little museum

There is some great information on the Peshtigo fire here. The staff hold as much information as... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
sally c
Marinette, Wisconsin

Everyone knows about the Great Chicago Fire. But not the GREAT Peshtigo Fire that killed over 800... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
Delmar M
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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The Fire Museum is open from Memorial Weekend through October 8. On October 8, 1871, a firestorm roared through Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas, killing over 2,000 people and destroying the entire city and its livelihood. The Peshtigo Fire Museum preserves this heritage through storytelling, exhibits of artifacts from the fire, displays of the lifestyle at the time of the disaster, and a cemetery to memorialize those who died.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
400 Oconto Ave, Peshtigo, WI 54157-1226
+1 715-582-3244
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is some great information on the Peshtigo fire here. The staff hold as much information as the displays at times. My children asked a ton of questions and the ladies very patient.

Thank sally c
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Everyone knows about the Great Chicago Fire. But not the GREAT Peshtigo Fire that killed over 800 people. And it was the same day. This museum is FREE and a GEM. They did a terrific job telling the story and if your into antiques, you...More

Thank Delmar M
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This museum hadn't been part of our original plan but we decided to stop since we were driving by. This museum was fascinating. There was a gentleman volunteer for the museum telling the history of the fire. The displays and history were most interesting.

Thank Belashmoo
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Lots of stuff to see in this museum. Our guide was Pauline and she knew quite a bit about the fire and trivia about the people that lived in the area at the time of the fire. Some actual artifacts from the fire. Also the...More

1  Thank Monica58860
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The Peshtigo Fire Museum, which is housed in a former church, has many artifacts from the period that are interesting. There are two movies available to sit and watch about the local people, and the forest fires that occurred at the same time as the...More

Thank moonstone0005
Reviewed 21 July 2016

If you are interested in the Chicago Fire, Peshtigo Fire, and the half-dozen or so that occurred in Michigan all on the same night, this is a must-see. While there are only a few items that are actually from the Great Peshtigo Fire, the museum...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Relics, pictures and news articles tell the astounding story of the 1871 Peshtigo fire, the same day as the more famous Chicago fire, in which at least nine times as many people perished. State officials in Madison did not even learn of the fire until...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 26 October 2015

The volunteers go out of their way to help visitors understand what happened on the night of October 8, 1871. There are some artifacts from the fire, but remember that the city was destroyed, there is not much. However, there are letters, stories, pictures, books,...More

Thank Martha S
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Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

Even though I have lived in the area many years, I had never taken the time to visit the Peshtigo Fire museum. I found they have a wonderful collection of items mainly from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.I enjoyed my visit

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Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

We were up near Antigo on vacation and we always go on an adventure. A friend asked if we knew about the fire that was on the same day as the great Chicago fire but was larger with more lives lost. We'd never heard about...More

Thank David W
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Can park on street