Captain Fredrick Pabst Mansion
2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Jodi Rich-Bartz,Curator email@example.com
Tel. #: 414-931-0808
Fax. #: 414-931-1005
May 11: Full Access Tour of the Pabst Mansion, 12-4pm.
The Pabst Mansion will offer a full access self-guided tour of the Mansion from basement to attic and all stops in between. Discounted tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under (regular rates are $20-$25 per person). No reservations required. Last entry will be at 3:15pm.
Children's Museum of La Crosse
207 5th Avenue South
La Crosse, WI 54601
Christine Knudsen, Project Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. #: 920-784-2652, x 226
May 13-17: $1.00 off Regular Admission
Ask for the Wisconsin Museums Week discount and get $1 off regular admission
Chippewa Valley Museum
PO Box 1204
1204 Halfmoon Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Liz Reuter, Community Programs Manager, email@example.com
Tel. #: 715-834-7831
May 18: Buy One Get One
Buy One Adult Admission, Get One Adult or Child admission free. There will also be a free exhibit scavenger hunt.
EAA Airventure Museum
3000 Poblrezny Rd.
Amy Reese, Marketing Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. #: 920-426-4800
May 15: Free Program and Tour
The general public will receive free admission to the Aviation Adventure Speaker Series program "Landing a C-97G at Dodgeville," 7:00-8:30pm and includes a "Beyond the Ropes" tour of the museum immediately following the presentation.
Fort Crawford Museum
717 S. Beaumont Road
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Mary Elise Antoine, President of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society email@example.com
Tel. #: 608-326-6960
Special Exhibit, Battle of Prairie du Chien in the War of 1812, will be on display throughout the 2014-2015 seasons and includes original objects from the War of 1812 in Prairie du Chien.
Permanent exhibits include Fort Crawford, Wisconsin in the Civil War, and History of Prairie du Chien and the upper Mississippi River. Self-guided tours from 9am - 4pm daily, May-October.
Flyways Waterfowl Museum
S5780 State Road 123
Baraboo, WI 53913
Contact: Nichol Swenson, Director
Phone: (608) 225-7732
May 15-18: Free Laser Arcade Game
Visitors will receive one free laser arcade game with admission to the museum.
New exhibits for the 2014 season will revolve around our newly acquired mottled duck and tundra swan displays.
Geneva Lake Museum
255 Mill Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Karen Jo Walsh, Director
Tel. #: 262-248-6060
May 17: History Loves Company Celebration and Free Admission Day
The Geneva Lake Museum will be celebrating Wisconsin Museums Week and International Museum Day by hosting our "History Loves Company" celebration from 10am - 4pm. This is a free admission day for everyone.
Visitors can tour Main Street, Lake Geneva 1830-1930, bringing to life 100 years of History of the Geneva Lake Area. Walk through our beautiful Victorian rooms and see the Woodland People exhibit and our newly redone 1880 schoolhouse.
There will be games and fun activities for children as they learn about life back in the 1800's.
There will be food, fun and fantastic surprises as we honor "History Loves Company"....and we hope you do too!
The History Museum at the Castle
330 E. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
Matt Carpenter, Executive Director
Tel. #: 920-735-9370 x113
May 13-16: Buy One Get One
The History Museum at the Castle will offer a buy-one-get-one-free admission package. Buy one regularly priced admission and get the second admission, of equal or lesser value, free.
May 11: Free Day for Families
To celebrate Wisconsin Museums Week and Mother's Day, the museum will offer a free day for families to come and view the exhibits. In addition to its weekday hours, the JMM is open on Sundays from noon - 4 pm.
The temporary exhibit which will be on display is, Jews Who Rock: A Musical History Tour (April 27 - August 10, 2014). The exhibit features educational and biographical panels, photographs, concert posters, books and artifacts. In connection with this year's WMW theme - Museum Collections Make Connections - some of the items being featured in the exhibit are from the JMM collection and some are on loan from local collectors.
Kenosha Public Museums
5500 First Ave .
Kenosha, WI 53140
Contact: Kristine Camilli
May 11: Exhibit Opening Reception at the Kenosha Public Museum, 1-4pm
Kenosha Public Museum, Transparent Watercolor Society of America Exhibit Opening Reception
May 13: Dino Discussion at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 1-4pm
Dr. Pete Makovicky, Curator of Dinosaurs at the Field Museum, will discuss the latest research and discoveries in the field of paleontology. His research focuses mainly on the evolutionary history of dinosaurs and has taken him around the world.
May 17: Soldiers Life Program at the Civil War Museum, 12-4pm
Check out family friendly renactors in character as Civil War soldiers. Ask them about their gear, Civil War battles, and what it took to be a Civil War Soldier. Join us at noon for a 45 minute interactive presentation designed for families or just stop by anytime to chat.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
700 N. 12th St.
Wausau, WI 54403
Amy Beck, Marketing & Communications Manager)
Tel. #: 715-845-7010
Fax. #: 715-845-7103
ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd
Artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd creates couture fashion from recycled materials, lacing each garment with conservation consciousness. Glamorous, shimmering evening gowns, appearing as fine couture and refined garments, are made from crushed glass and salvaged upholstery fabric. This exhibition is organized by Nancy Judd and is circulated through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions.
Salvage & Selvage: Artwork by the Fiber Artists Coalition
Diverse, unexpected objects incorporated into colorful textiles offer surprises that delight. Artworks created from recycled commercial fabrics incorporate a wood chopstick, dryer sheets, plastic deer fencing, poker chips, drywall tape, and candy wrappers. The Fiber Artists Coalition, a group of Midwestern textile artists - all members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) - promotes the art of quilting through traveling exhibitions.
Nature Composed: Insect Artistry of Jennifer Angus
Elaborate patterns of meticulously pinned insects created by UW-Madison professor and artist Jennifer Angus suggest Victorian designs and textiles and highlight environmental issues such as rainforest deforestation and habitat loss. Angus' insect arrays point out the intrinsic beauty of lacy-winged cicadas and iridescent beetles, for example, and encourage viewers to consider these creatures commonly dismissed as pests in a new way.
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is always free and offers these three exhibitions from April 12 - June 15, 2014.
Logan Museum of Anthropology
700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511
Tel. #: 608-363-2677
The Logan Museum of Anthropology is always free, open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 am-4pm, offering exhibits, self-guided tours, and scavenger hunts.
Marathon County Historical Society
410 Mcindoe Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Christine Martens, Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. #: 715-842-5750
May 14: Bring Your Own Book Club, 9 am at the Woodson History Center
May 15: Opening reception for exhibit "Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam" 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Woodson History Center
May 16: "Big For A Night" with Big Brothers /Big Sisters of North Central Wisconsin, 7 pm at the Woodson History Center
May 18: Vietnam lecture at 1:30 pm at the Woodson History Center
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Contact: Dawn Scher Thomae
Phone: (414) 278-6157
Fax: (414) 278-6100
May 18: Free admission and Special International Museum Day Events
Free admission day for foreign visitors, admission into the Body Worlds exhibit is excluded
Exhibit interpreters will be in the exhibit halls from 10am-2pm
See Collection Highlights at the top of the Grand Staircase from 10am-2pm
Clue Crew activity sheet
A Clue Crew activity sheet will be available for guests ages 6-12 (pick up at the Membership Desk)
An International lunch special will be offered in the café
May 8th: HO-CHUNK PROGRAM AT THE HISTORY ROOM
“The Ho-Chunk people express their remembered past in the songs, stories, effigy mounds, rock art, and place names that dot the landscape of their ancestral home,” according to author Patty Loew. For hundreds of years, Monroe County has been home to the Ho-Chunk, meaning, "People of the Big Voice."
On Thursday, May 8th at 7pm, the Monroe County Local History Room will host, “History of the Ho-Chunk People: Past, Present, and Future,” a public history program presented by Bill Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
The Ho-Chunk program runs from 7-8pm at the Monroe County Local History Room, located at 200 West Main St. in downtown Sparta. The public is also invited to the Monroe Co Historical Society Annual Meeting preceding the program at 6pm. There is no admission charge for the program, but a donation of $1.00 per individual is appreciated to help defray costs. Please call 608-269-8680 for more information.
National Railroad Museum
2285 S. Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54304
Daniel Liedtke, Operations Manager,
Tel. #: 920-437-7623 x14
May 12-16: Behind the Scene Tours
The Dwight D. Eisenhower locomotive on loan to the National Railway Museum of York, England, will be returning home this summer. To prepare for its arrival, the two passenger cars that were used by Gen. Eisenhower in World War II are undergoing restoration. For Wisconsin Museums Week, behind the scenes tours of the restoration will be held at 10:30am and 2:30pm on May 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. Learn about the history of the railcars and the restoration process.
New London Public Museum
406 South Pearl St.
New London, WI 54961
Contact: Christine Cross, Director
May 12 Museum Job Fair, 3:45-5:30pm
Stop by the Museum Jobs Fair - Curious about a career in museums? Meet with professionals from a variety of Wisconsin museums and find out more. Open to students or anyone thinking of a career change.
May 14 Municipal Munch, 11am-2pm
NLPM invites area municipality leaders to the museum for a tour and lunch. Get to know this hidden asset in the New London Region!
New Richmond Heritage Center
1100 Heritage Dr.
New Richmond, WI 54107
Tel. #: 715-246-3276
May 16: Planting an Immigrant Vegetable Garden
Visiting school groups will have the opportunity to plant a vegetable garden similar to what may have been planted by early immigrants to the Midwest. Students will also visit the Norwegian Cabin to learn about how immigrants lived and slept.
May 11-17: Free Poster
Each visiting class this week will receive an historic poster of New Richmond to take back to school.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Sharon Cybart, Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator email@example.com
Tel. #: 608-246-4716
Fax. #: 608-246-4719
Conservatory Exhibit (March 22 - July 13): Light Gaps. Monday -Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.
The trees are trimmed, the bushes pruned, and it's time to see the light in the forest. Learn how plants develop and change as light fluctuates. When a gap in the forest is created naturally or by a clipping from Olbrich's staff, growth develops at an exceptional rate. General admission to the Bolz Conservatory is $2, free for children 5 and under. The conservatory is free on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am-noon.
May 11: Mother's Day Concert at 2 pm in the Evjue Commons.
Wander through flower gardens blooming with spring and enjoy a Mother's Day concert by the New Horizons Concert Band. The band includes more than 60 members and plays everything from traditional classical music and marches, to Broadway hits and show tunes. Suggested admission donation for the concert is $1.
May 16: Children's Class, Toddler Story & Stroll: Down by the Pond-Terrific Turtles, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Admission is $9 general public / $7 Olbrich members.
Learn and play with your youngster in this hands-on series that focuses on the wet and wild world around Olbrich's pond. Class includes a story, a walk to Olbrich's pond, and theme-related activities designed for you and your preschooler. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Space is limited; register early. The registration deadline for this course is May 8.
May 17: Adult Class, Guest Author Thomas Mickey Presents America's Romance with the English Garden, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
$15 general public / $18 Olbrich member.
Hear the story of how Americans came to love the English garden, especially the lawn, and how seed and nursery catalogs fed this romance, at this illustrated presentation by author Thomas Mickey. Thomas Mickey's new book, America's Romance with the English Garden, is the story of tastemakers and homemakers, of savvy businessmen and a growing American middle class eager to buy their products. It's also the story of the beginnings of the garden industry, which seduced the masses with its images and fixed the English garden in the minds of striving Americans. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and author's book signing follows the presentation. Space is limited; register early. Registration deadline for this course is May 8.
May 17: Bulk Mulch Sale, 9 am - 1 pm
Olbrich Leaf Mulch is made from leaves collected by the City of Madison that are delivered to Olbrich where they're composted outside during the winter. Starting in March, the leaves are shredded and bagged. Leaf mulch is beneficial for annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and in vegetable gardens. It cuts down on watering and weeding, recycles local leaves, and is credited for Olbrich's healthy looking gardens. This leaf mulch is available only at Olbrich. Bulk mulch is $40 per tractor scoop (~8-10 bags) + tax. For more information about the Leaf Mulch Sales and Olbrich's mulch, please visit:olbrich.org/events/leafmulch.cfm.
To register for classes, call (608)246-4550 or visit: olbrich.org/education/classes.cfm
Paper Discovery Center and Paper Industry International Hall of Fame
425 W. Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Contact: Kathleen Lhost, Executive Director
Phone: (920) 380-7491
Website: www.paperdiscoverycenter.org and www.paperhall.org
May 12-17th: Special Exhibit
View the newly refreshed exhibit Paper Making Memories – Voices from the Past with photos and recollections of what it was like to work in a paper mill in the late 1800’s. A special exhibit of rarely seen artifacts will also be on display May 12 – May 17 and will be included in the regular price of admission
Racine Heritage Museum
701 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
Cheryl Maraccini, Educator
Tel. #: 262-636-3926
Fax. #: 262-636-3940
Uncover Racine: Celebrating Museums---Scavenger Hunt (Offered through May)
Visitors ages 8 and up will enjoy searching through the museum to find answers to questions such as: Who was the Racine woman taken hostage by the Dillinger gang? What is the connection among the Titanic, Jennie Hansen, and Racine?
First Time Hunters (Offered through May)
Visitors younger than 8 will enjoy this hunt that searches for artifacts like Malty the Mummy and astronaut gear.
The Racine Heritage Museum is always free. Visit the Racine Heritage Museum's website for more information on programs for students and adults
Vernon County Museum
410 S. Center St.
Viroqua, WI 54665
Kristen Parrott, Curator
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. #: 608-637-7396
May 12-16: Scavenger Hunt
Spend an afternoon learning about local history in our research room and exhibit halls. Kids will enjoy doing a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Visit our Facebook page for the latest information on upcoming activities. The museum will be open Monday - Friday, noon - 4pm
Wade House Historic Site
W7965 Highway 23
Greenbush, WI 53026
Bridgitt Zielke, Manager - Marketing, Public Programs and Event Services
email@example.com Tel. #: 920-526-3271
At Work & At Play, May 17 & 18
Help Wade House get ready for spring! Prepare and plant the gardens, fill straw ticks, air out quilts, made beds, black the stove, and sweep the floors. Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather by creating and flying kites. On Sunday only, take in the sights and sounds of vintage baseball. Cost is $11 per adult; $9.25 per senior and students; $5.50 for children 5 - 17 years of age, and free admission for children under 5. Family admission is $30 (2 adults & children through age 17).
Waukesha County Museum
101 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Kristen Hoeker, Director of Education and Programming firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. #: 262-521-2859 x224
May 13: Les Paul's Guitar Grab, 6:00-6:50pm (age 16 and younger) and 7:00-7:50pm (age16+)
Have you always dreamed of learning to play the guitar? Then this is the program you have been waiting for, so come to the museum and grab a guitar! In honor of Les Paul's legacy, the Waukesha County Museum and White House of Music have teamed up to provide basic guitar workshops for adults and children of all ages. Participants will use a provided guitar to learn basic cords from a certified instructor, and you will even play a song by the end of the session! Fee is $10 per person per session and includes instructor led session, use of a guitar during the program, and a goodie bag with coupons and an admission ticket to the museum to see the Les Paul exhibit during regular museum hours. Also included with the registration fee will be a free guitar book from Hal Leonard Corporation. Registration is required by the Saturday before each program date. Register for one of the workshops, or multiple to build your guitar skills throughout the year. Please call the museum's Education Department at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email at email@example.com. Program will be held at the Waukesha County Museum.
May 14: Lunch and Learn, "Happy 100th Anniversary to the Museum!"
The museum is turning 100 years old! Join Historian John Schoenknecht and the museum staff from 11:30am-1pm as they present the hidden stories of the museum's first 100 years. See exclusive images, documents, and artifacts in the museum's collection, and discover how the museum has grown with the county since 1914. Cost is $8 per Member and $9 per Non-Member and includes lunch and museum admission. Registration is required by May 10th. To register, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext 224 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17: Waukesha Preservation Day
The city of Waukesha will celebrate our community's historic buildings and treasures all weekend long. The Museum will host a special program from 10am - 3pm as we take visitors through our historic courthouse building to see it like never before. Please visit our website for all the details.
Weis Earth Science Museum
1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952
Joanne Kluessendorf, Director email@example.com
Tel. #: 920-832-2925
May 11-17, 2014: Free Admission
Receive free admission to the Weis Earth Science Museum for Wisconsin Museums Week, May 11-17, 2014.
Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 N. Carroll St.
Madison, WI 53703
Tel. #: 608-264-6555
May 13-17: Special Tour
Celebrate Wisconsin Museums Week with the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Visitors are invited to participate in a special self-guided tour of the museum that will reveal connections between artifacts that may not be obvious at first glance. Hours are 9am-4pm.
May 17: Free Admission and Store Discount
Enjoy free admission and a 10% discount in the Museum Store from 9am-4pm. Tour four floors of exhibits to learn the stories of native people, settlement days, immigrants' experiences and lively politics of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Dr.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Wendy Lutzke, Education Curator firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. #: 920-684-0218 x115
Fax. #: 920-684-0219
May 17: 38th Annual Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display
Modelers from the United States and Canada will fill the museum's Riverview Room with exquisite models. A modelers' symposium, roundtable, outdoor r/c model pond, and banquet are all part of the festivities. All visitors to the museum May 17th can vote for their favorite model! Viewing of the indoor models is included with the cost of museum admission; hours are 9am-5pm. More details can be found on our website or by calling the museum.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum
30 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703
Contact: Kevin Hampton, Curator of Research & Public Programs
May 17: Make a clothespin bi-plane, 10am-12pm
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I. In recognition of the centennial commemoration stop in and try your hand at making a clothespin bi-plane.
Museum week activities throughout the week-keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for more updates!
All activities and discounts are at the discretion of the hosting institution and are subject to change. Please contact the specific institution if you have questions or would like to confirm an activity. WFM cannot be held responsible for inaccurate postings, changes to the event list or schedule. For questions pertaining to Wisconsin Museums Week, please email email@example.com or call 608.264.6099. We look forward to this great event!