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Madeline Island Museum

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Address: 226 Colonel Woods Avenue, La Pointe, WI 54850
Phone Number:
+1 715-747-2415

May 24 - Jul 3: Open daily 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Jul 4 - Aug 23: Open daily...

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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Great Detail on the Island and Region

Lovely museum of local culture and history going back to the french explores and missionaries. Good context for visiting the island and the region. Well informed guides and... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
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150 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Lovely museum of local culture and history going back to the french explores and missionaries. Good context for visiting the island and the region. Well informed guides and docents.

Thank Jonwal
Rochester, NY
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435 reviews
197 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a great way to learn about the history of the island--I recommend you start with their introductory film and then tour the museum. There was an exhibit about Pow-wows when I visited and, on the day I visited, some Ojibwe basket weavers were doing a demonstration and selling baskets-super cool! One of the best aspects of this museum... More 

Thank sazoram
Stoughton, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Friends and I took the ferry which cost $13.50 each to the island specifically to see this museum. It was supposed to be open, but was closed. We went in a couple of shops and asked about it and the response was that this is not an usual occurrence. I would suggest you call before making this trip to be... More 

Thank Nancy229
Burbank, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

The best part of Madeline for us. Good story telling, very informative staff with interesting exhibits.

Thank Deborah D
Hudson, Wisconsin
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582 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This is a good little museum. It doesn't take much time to go through all the little building that have been attached together. I think we were in and out in about 45 minutes and that included the movie we watched on the history of Madeline Island. I hate to rip on such a neat place, but the movie, while... More 

Thank Jilly070
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67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Wonderful museum specializing in the history of the island, lots of artifacts and the staff was able to answer our many questions. Worth a visit.

Thank Ohana6
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped by on a rainy day with three small children. Kids are free, there are some cool artifacts and good historical information.

Thank Cj7148
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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131 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Stumbled across the museum while walking around Madeline Island. Very well done. Had no idea of the rich and varied history of the island. The Native needlework is absolutely stunning.

Thank JanieD67
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The Madeline Island Museum is a great local museum. It provides a great look at the Native American and European history of the island. It is well worth a visit.

Thank blarson1204
Rochester, Minnesota
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53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon the museum by accident and we're so glad we did! We are a family of history nerds, and it added to our vacation to learn about the history of the area. Wonderful exhibits and something for everyone. My kids enjoyed playing museum bingo, and dressing up in the historic clothing. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and we... More 

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