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Top 5 Unique Museums to Visit in Wisconsin

We can all agree that Wisconsin is a unique state. Whether you’ve had the opportunity to travel around Wisconsin or not, anywhere you go in this state offers something for everybody! On my adventures, I’ve stopped by a few places that have caught my eye. This is my list of the top 5 unique museums to visit in Wisconsin.

Established in 1986, Middleton is home to the National Mustard Museum. This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia. You’ll find mustards of all different textures and colors among the more than 5,676 different mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries! The Museum is open every day except Tuesday from 10am-5pm, and admission is free.

Up Nort’ in Hayward, Wisconsin is the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. The highlight of this museum is the 143-foot long fiberglass muskie sculpture, tokened as the world’s largest muskie! The lower jaw of the giant muskie features an observation deck, that has been used in the past for weddings and other events. The museum also consists of 7 buildings filled with freshwater fishing history, over 400 mounted fish, an education center, a store, and info on Hall of Famer inductees. 

Most visitors outside of the Midwest have never heard of The House on the Rock in Spring Green, but it’s one of the most visited destinations in the state. Construction started in 1945 on this complex and additions are still being constructed. Take a tour of this home, featuring interior like none you’ve seen before and enjoy stunning views of the Wisconsin folandscape below. Then continue on a stroll down the Streets of Yesterday, a recreation of an early twentieth century American town, followed by a walk to the Heritage of the Sea, which boasts a 200-foot model whale. Along the way, learn about the history of all of these things, along with old time antiques, many collection of random items, and the tour concluded at the world’s largest carousel. This is definitely a place worth visiting!

One of Milwaukee’s most unique buildings is the Milwaukee Art Museum! This architectural landmark, located on the shores of Lake Michigan is a series of galleries housing over 30,000 works of art! The most famous building in the complex is the Quadracci Pavilion, also known as “the Calatrava”, which was constructed in 2001 and features a wing-like structure that opens up 217 feet during the day and closes at night or during bad weather. This Milwaukee landmark is great for all ages.

May all your days be Circus days! At Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, they are! Explore the history of the Ringling Brother’s and see exhibits from past circuses as well as over 50 authentic circus wagons that have been restored to their original condition. Now a National Historic Landmark, Circus World Museum was originally the Winter Headquarters of the Ringling Brothers Circus. In the summertime, the museum offers many shows, acts, and live animals to entertain kids and adults of all ages.

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