Fan Favorites: Wisconsin Museums

When it comes to Wisconsin museums, the writing’s on the wall: you’re going to be moved, amused or amazed by what you can discover.

We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorites, and they came through with some great picks:

Bergstrohm-Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah

Fans love the glass paperweight collection, the range of antique through to contemporary glass pieces, as well as the free admission. The Glass Studio offers classes to the public throughout the year.

Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

There’s a lot of Harley history to take in, all the way back to Serial Number One, the very first Harley. Visitors to the Experience Gallery get to sit on a Harley and take a virtual ride down America’s great roads.
+ The Harley-Davidson Museum is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified.

House on the Rock, Spring Green

This one is a top favorite, for its striking architecture and mix of delightfully bizarre collections, including the Doll Heritage Room, the world’s largest indoor carousel, and the Heritage of the Sea – which includes a sea creature that’s as long as the Statue of Liberty is tall.

Milwaukee Public Museum

Walk among live butterflies, stroll the Streets of Old Milwaukee, learn about dinosaurs, explore a rainforest, and glimpse behind the scenes in a scientist’s lab. That’s just the first floor…there are three more.

National Brewery Museum, Potosi.

The “breweriana” collectibles on show include bottles, cans, coasters and advertising materials. Visit the adjacent Transportation Museum and Great River Road Interpretative Center for a museum hat trick. 

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland.

Lake lovers endorse the exhibits, interpretive boardwalk trail and five-story observation tower overlooking Lake Superior.  

Packers Hall of Fame, Green Bay.

Housed at Lambeau Field, this museum is a slice of Packer Backer Heaven. Among the 80 exhibits are four Super Bowl trophies and a re-creation of Vince Lombardi’s office.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc (pictured)

Interactive exhibits for all ages let you get hands-on in exploring Wisconsin’s maritime history. The highlight for many visitors is a tour of the USS Cobia, nation’s most fully restored WWII submarine.

Thanks to all our fans who suggested Wisconsin museums for our list. A special tip of the cheesehead goes out to Sonia M, who voted for Mars Cheese Castle, explaining, “it’s a museum to me.” Sonia, we like your style.

Start your exploration of Wisconsin’s amazing museums with a visit to the Museums & Galleries section on

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