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“A 100 year step back in time”

Historical IXL Museum
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

A highly interesting little museum where time has stood still since the early 1920's.
We went there because we were traveling through Hermansville and had some time to spare, but it turned out to be a beautiful gem.
The museum encompasses the administrative section of IXL company, which from 1880 or so set the standard in the US for producing hardwood floors, and also, on the second floor, the rooms the company owner and his family lived in. Everything seems to be frozen in time. A truely amazing experience.
The staff is very knowledgeable and gave us an impromptu tour of the whole building.
The museum has no entrance fee, but operates on a donation basis. Highly recommended! Take your time to take it all in.

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Reviewed 29 October 2015

Friendly docents more than willing to show you around, help you find family history and expand your knowledge of area history. A great experience.

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Reviewed 11 September 2014

What a find! This museum is a complex consisting of several buildings, the main attraction being the office building of the Wisconsin Land and Lumber Company. It was built in the 1880's and used as the company headquarters for nearly a century with few modifications. As you enter, you really feel like you are in another century. So little has changed, it's almost spooky. The old office equipment, furniture, documents, photos, and other furnishings are just as they were left when the company closed. You can tour the entire building, including the basement with its old tools and materials, and upper floor which was used as a residence for a time. I've been to many historical buildings and homes, but never one like this that seems frozen in time, it is so completely unchanged. It's not restored, it's in the original condition - as if someone just left work for the day and planned on coming back the next day. The docent that showed us around was very knowledgeable and showed us as much as we wanted to see - no closed doors, nothing off limits. In addition to the main building there is a barn-like warehouse, a train depot, and one or two smaller buildings. We toured the UP for 10 days, and this was one of the most memorable things we did. I highly recommend it. It's on the National Register of Historic Places. It is only open in the summer, Thursday thru Sunday afternoons. Hermansville is about midway between Iron Mountain and Escanaba, just south of US2. I honestly can't remember if there is a charge to enter, but if there is, I can assure you it's well worth it.

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