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Mineral Point Railroad Museum

11 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI 53565-1302
+1 608-987-2695
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MUST SEE in Mineral Point

staffed by a very knowledgeable volunteer this is a wonderful place to visit. VERY clean and well... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Katyevee
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Plymouth, Minnesota
Great museum

Thought this was a great little railroad depot museum. So much history to read & I especially... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Connie G
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Roland
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The Mineral Point Railroad Museum is open to the public Thursday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sundays noon-4pm from May through early October. The museum is housed in a two-story stone depot that is the oldest standing RR depot in Wisconsin. Our depot was built in 1856 for the Mineral Point Railroad, which was acquired by the Milwaukee Road RR in 1880. The depot was in use until approximately 1969, and the last train left Mineral Point in 1984. The depot was meticulously renovated and restored from 2000 to 2004 and reopened as a museum on September 2, 2004.The contents of the museum cover a wide range of aspects of the railroad's significance to Mineral Point and Southwestern Wisconsin, but our artifacts should appeal to adults and children of any age. We also have a 5'x11' model railroad that was professionally developed for us that reflects a scale replica of the area around the Mineral Point depot during its heyday - 1900 to 1920 - including an operating steam locomotive, water tank, lumber yard, turntable, and two engine houses. Pushing a button will cause a steam locomotive to move around the RR yard while related sounds play through a speaker. Our museum is conveniently located near other points of historical interest in Mineral Point, including other Commerce Street attractions, Shake Rag street, and Pendarvis. A comfortable tour of the museum might last 45 minutes and a visit to the museum and nearby shops (open seasonally) within walking distance would make a wonderful day trip. Mineral Point is located about 45 minutes from Madison or Dubuque. We welcome group visit inquiries - please leave us a message and we will respond. We may be able to offer your group a guided tour with adequate notice.Let us know if we can answer any questions and we hope that you visit us soon!
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“scale model” (2 reviews)
“artifacts” (6 reviews)
“restoring” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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11 Commerce St., Mineral Point, WI 53565-1302
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+1 608-987-2695
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Reviewed 3 days ago

staffed by a very knowledgeable volunteer this is a wonderful place to visit. VERY clean and well planned out, the upstairs train diorama was fascinating. Plan on about 45 - 60 min.

Thank Katyevee
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Thought this was a great little railroad depot museum. So much history to read & I especially loved looking at all of the pictures. The scale model of the railroad yard was fascinating...you could look at it & picture where everything was many years ago....More

Thank Connie G
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Great little Museum. The town has done a great job of restoring the building. The community has donated a lot of historical items to make the place even more interesting.

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

During our recent stay in Mineral Point, we were drawn to this lovely little depot museum - and we're SO glad we stopped in! The restoration of the building is beautiful, and the artifacts and photos - and also, the scale model of the Mineral...More

1  Thank Miswis
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We found this museum very interesting as my husband worked for a railroad years ago and sold off surplus property and old depots for the Illinois Central and Gulf Railroad. We always go see old railroad depots during our travels and Mineral Point's depot is...More

3  Thank Patti2
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Dave M, Manager at Mineral Point Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2016

Hello, Thank you very much for your kind words about our museum. Our volunteers have invested so much time and heart into restoring the depot and maintaining the museum so hearing such nice comments from the community is very gratifying. Your comment about the staircase...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

This museum provides a comprehensive history of railroading as it delevoped in the Mineral Point area. It looks at how role of mining and the connection it had to the railroad. Lots of excellent displays to take in.

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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The main thing about this museum is that it gives you a glimpse of what Mineral Point used to be. It's amazing to see what the town looked like 60 and 100 years ago

1  Thank RandR J
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Very interesting and nicely restored building, many photos of trains, and the people that operated them along with the history of the rail road.... a real gem for Mineral Point. There are two floors so it may not be accessible for all. Plenty of parking...More

1  Thank ADS1943
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

If you are interested in early Railroads, this is the place for you. I wouldn't recommend it for causal tourists. No photographyMore

1  Thank Stephen C
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Dave M, Manager at Mineral Point Railroad Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Hello Stephen, Thank you for your comments on our museum. We hope that our museum is interesting for everyone - not just railroad fans - and we have received many positive comments from visitors that were not railroad fans. But, we welcome hearing that our...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Photos, artifacts, a large working model train and a great building! Also close to some great eateries and bars

1  Thank JLN20152015
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Response from Dave M | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your interest. We are a non-profit museum and do not have a mandatory admission price. But we ask for a $4 donation per adult and welcome accompanied small children without seeking a donation. We... More
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