Madeline Island Museum

Madeline Island, historically the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, became an important fur-trading center for the French in the 17th century. Over the next 300 years the island saw the arrival of missionaries, loggers, fishermen, boat builders, miners and -- by the early 20th century -- summer tourists. The log museum building and the Capser Center exhibit hall capture the island's long and colorful history. Musical orientation slide show; museum store.

Hours of Operation

Open daily May 24 through Oct 4, 2014. Open 10am-3:30pm May 24 through July 3; open 10am-4:30pm July 4 through Aug 23; open 10am-3:30pm Aug 24 through Oct 4. Open other times by appointment.


On Madeline Island two blocks from the ferry landing in the historic village of La Pointe, three miles offshore from Bayfield in Northern Wisconsin's Apostle Islands (accessible by ferry from Bayfield)


  • Disabled Access

History/Heritage Type

  • State Historic Site
  • Wisconsin History
  • Transportation Heritage

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Historical

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes