Local Museums To Visit This Winter
Wisconsin is home to a wide array of museums with many right in our backyard.
Hours and admission fees were gathered in October 2016 and are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm details.
Museum of Wisconsin Art
205 Veterans Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) explores the art and culture of Wisconsin. Founded in 1961, MOWA is one of the top museums of regional art in the United States, with almost 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists. Through rotating exhibitions and educational programs, MOWA provides an innovative forum for the culturally engaged. They also have wonderful children’s programs! Pay a one-time member fee and visit as much as you want, for one full year.
Closed: Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
One person $12
Two people $24
Three people+ $50 (Up to four adults and children 17 and under)
**Admission includes unlimited access to the museum for one year
Americanism Center Museum
W4200 School Road
Waubeka, WI 53021
(Intersection of Valley View Drive and School Road)
The Americanism Center Museum in Waubeka, the birthplace of Flag Day, is an ideal place to visit for anyone interested in history and the American Flag. Features include: the Hall of Flags, galleries dedicated to the military and local history. Be sure to visit Stony Hill Schoolhouse also!
Open only by appointment, so be sure to call ahead.
1860 Lighthouse and Light Station Museum
311 Johnson Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
Visitors can tour the restored quarters that depict the life of a lightkeeper and his family in the 19th century and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Michigan and surrounding area from the light tower. The former watch shack/backup generator building has additional museum exhibits that feature maritime and local memorabilia and historic artifacts.
Open Memorial Day through mid-October
Fridays and Sundays 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Saturdays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cedarburg Art Museum
W63 N675 Washington Ave
Cedarburg, WI 53012
The Cedarburg Art Museum provides a community gathering place for the celebration of the arts in Cedarburg. Come and enjoy changing exhibits, take an art class or join a club.
Wednesday – Friday, 10am-4pm & Sunday Noon-4pm
Wisconsin Automotive Museum
147 N. Rural St
Hartford, WI 53027
History comes alive at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Showcasing transportation history, the museum is Wisconsin’s largest auto museum, featuring an ever-changing display of classic and vintage autos and artifacts plus the largest assembled group of Hartford-built Kissel luxury automobiles.
May 1 – September 30
Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon – 5pm
October 1 – April 30
Wednesday-Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon – 5pm
5 and under: Free
Ages 6-16: $6
Ages 17-61: $10
Ages 62+: $8
Bast Bell Museum
N128W18780 Holy Hill Rd
Germantown, WI 53022
You will marvel at the 5000+ bell collection from Sila Lydia Bast who was born and raised in Germantown, WI 1900-1992. Bells collected from all over the world are displayed in a restored barn that dates back to 1870. View a vintage Seagrave in our Fire Hall 1880/1910. The museum is nestled in the heart of 9 acre Dheinsville Historic Park, where you can see the 1,063 pound bell atop of the original silo-made-bell-tower. Keep strolling through Dheinsville to experience a unique ethnic history & its exhibits.
Open June 1 – November 1
Friday – Sunday, 1-4pm
Children 5-12: $2
Old Falls Village Museum
N96 W15791 County Line Rd
Menomonee Falls, WI
Nestled on the grounds of a beautiful 17-acre park, Old Falls Village invites you to step back in time and glimpse life as it was from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. Featuring a variety of historic homes and buildings, this living history museum includes a log home, school house, barn, railroad depot, log cabin, and dairy. The centerpiece of Old Falls Village is the 1858 Miller-Davidson House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each of the buildings also feature antiques and artifacts from the time.
Children 6-16: $2
5 and under: Free
EAA Airventure Museum
3000 Poberezny Rd
Oshkosh, WI 54902
With a collection of more than 200 historic airplanes along with world-class galleries and displays, the EAA AirVenture Museum is a year-round destination, combining the passion of aviation’s past with the promise of its exciting future.
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day
Adults (18+) $12.50
Seniors (62+) $10.50
Children (5 and under) FREE
Family Rate $31.00
118 N. Franklin St
Port Washington, WI 53074
The Port Exploreum is a sustainable, world class museum experience that explores and orients families and visitors to Port Washington’s rich historical past. The Exporeum creates opportunities for inspirational discovery and joyful learning through hands-on exploration of the rich history of the area.
Mondays & Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Ages 5-17: $5
Under 5: Free
Family Discount (for families with children 5-17): 15%
Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
902 North 8th St
Sheboygan, WI 53081
A special place for children and their families, where education and fun connect through exploration & discovery. Over 10,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits for those of all ages to enjoy. Provide a positive learning environment for children through captivating exhibits that exceed our childrens’ wildest dreams and imagination.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm
$6 per person
Children’s Museum of Fond Du Lac
75 W. Scott St
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935
The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is a place where discovery and curiosity are brought to life through a touchable learn-by-doing atmosphere designed to foster creativity and a passion for lifelong learning. In a children’s museum, children and adults play, learn and have fun together with classes, programs, events, and more
Tuesday – Thursday, 9am–5pm
Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am–4pm
Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
$6 per person
Infants (Under 1): Free