Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum

The Exhibit Hall features displays comprised of canoes and canoe related ephemera from the collection of Jill Weber Dean and Jeff Dean. This eclectic assemblage of boats is exciting in its diversity, and includes significant craft from the golden age of North American canoeing as well as work by important contemporary builders. The building traditions of the eastern seaboard, the mid-west, and Canada are all represented, providing the museum visitor a fascinating opportunity to experience the evolution of canoe design and manufacture in proper historical context. The Canoe Shop is a 2,500 square foot, state of the art facility designed to celebrate the rich legacy of canoe craft while inspiring and educating a new generation of builders. Participants in canoe shop programs experience traditional and contemporary construction and restoration techniques through formal (and sometimes informal) instruction by skilled mentors.

Hours of Operation

The museum is open weekends in September. Please call ahead for group tours and to verify hours.

Runs Memorial Day through Labor Day

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History/Heritage Type

  • Transportation Heritage
  • Wisconsin History