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Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

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Address: 839 N 11th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1401
Phone Number: +1 414-273-1680
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A Milwaukee nonprofit dedicated to giving visitors a glimpse into Milwaukee...

A Milwaukee nonprofit dedicated to giving visitors a glimpse into Milwaukee life between the world wars with authentic items displayed in store settings. Handicap-accessible guided tours are offered at no additional charge, and there is free off-street parking behind the building.

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Jonathan K

A lot of history is packed into each interesting exhibit. The exhibits also can change between visits. Might even find an item to take home with you.

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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Racine, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

A small, interesting museum. My favorite part was the documentaries in the theatre upstairs. Many local items, nicely displayed, only takes about an hour to get around.

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Thank Dee M
Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

The documentaries can also be viewed on our website and youtube channel. We hope to make some more in the future. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review! More 

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

A lot of history is packed into each interesting exhibit. The exhibits also can change between visits. Might even find an item to take home with you.

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! Yes, we change at least a quarter of the collection on display over 12 months. The gift shop also has a lot of different items for sale. More 

Waco, Texas
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I didn't know physicians could write prescriptions for medical alcohol during prohibition. What a fantastic find. I don't care for guided tours but this was an exception. Our guide was engaging and great at telling historical stories. Thank goodness Mrs. Chudnow gave Mr. Chudnow an ultimatum to move his wonderful hoarded collection out of their house.

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Chudnow Museum! There are often loopholes to laws and that one for "medicinal liquor" was probably abused a little. Mrs. Chudnow was very sweet but I can't imagine the state of any house if it was holding 300,000 collectibles. We appreciate you writing a review. More 

Central Florida, Florida
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33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We just lived this museum, we had a wonderful guided tour and learned so much about this great city on the 1920's.

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

We thank you for visiting and are glad that you enjoyed learning about our city's past! More 

Trenton, New Jersey
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154 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is a 'small' museum with a collection of items from the 1920's and 1930's that were collected by Mr. Chudnow. The museum is arranged into 'shops' that reflect the era. This is a great, quick take in. You'll need an hour and $5. It is worth the trip.

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

We appreciate you visiting us. Our museum is in a historic house and is about 2000 square feet of space. We welcome many visitors who are looking for something involved but not to take up their entire day. Thank you for your review! More 

Miami, Florida
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This tiny museum is full of surprises. I wasn't expecting much upon my first visit, truth be told. However, the way in which the museum has been renovated while respecting the age of the home is actually impressive and charming. There's so much information presented at this little museum, but done so in a way that you can really enjoy... More 

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us while in Milwaukee! We have attempted to use our small space to an advantage by creating a total immersion theme where you can easily walk through the rooms and view the items easier. As noted, there is enough information to enjoy it at your own pace by reading the signage or you can have a... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We have lived in Milwaukee our whole life but learned so much we had never known. Beautifully displayed memorabilia of our city from the early 1900. Friendly and knowledgeable curator gave us a great tour. We will definitely bring our family!

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

I appreciate you taking the time to write a review! Milwaukee's industrial and mercantile high points were in the 1920s to 1940s, which is what we cover. Our curator gives the majority of the guided tours. Hope to see you again! More 

Burlington, Vermont
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158 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

An interesting little trip through a slice of Milwaukee history. You can walk around yourself but I think you will want to walk around with one of the knowledgable guides. Our guide was a wealth of information about, not only what was in the museum, but also Milwaukee in general. Inexpensive, only takes about 2 hours and totally worth it.

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us during your time in Milwaukee! We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. The majority of the tours are given by our director and curator, both of whom have many years of Milwaukee history knowledge. We appreciate you leaving feedback for other potential visitors, it is very helpful. More 

Racine, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I went to this museum for the first time today. I loved that the rooms were decorated like the period of the '20s and you could go into each individual "shop" making it feel like I I lived then. There was so much to see in the little house. There was a small movie theater where one could watch movies... More 

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

Glad you loved your tour of our museum and our concept of immersing yourself in the time period. Thank you for writing a review and we hope to see you again as we frequently change up the shops! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I can't even begin to describe how charming, sweet, and fun the Chudnow Museum is. Only after stumbling upon it's advertising card at the Pabst Mansion, I was surprised and amazed at the flood of tidbits and anecdotes provided by our tour guide. After the tour and enjoying free time in the museum, I actually said out loud in the... More 

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Chudnow M, Public Relations Manager at Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, responded to this review

We are pleased that you found out about us and visited! Our curator, Joel, gives most of the tours and enjoys learning Milwaukee and the time period history and sharing with visitors. That is wonderful praise you gave to us and we try to replicate it with every visitor. Thank you for your savory review. More 

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