The 10 Best Museums in Wisconsin!

Wisconsin is home to a number of incredible museums throughout the state!

Check out specific museums that hit on history, science, or ancient artifacts for a day filled with intellectual stimulation.

Take the kids to some of the best interactive museums in the state, giving them plenty of educational opportunities.

Wisconsin has plenty of history, so plan to check out the 10 best museums in Wisconsin for an informative yet fun weekend activity.

1. Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is home to over 4.5 million artifacts for your viewing. Departments range from zoology, botany, geology, anthropology, history, and photographs. The MPM has an enormous theater and planetarium so make sure to check out what's scheduled when you plan your visit.

2. Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI

This museum is a great place to take the kids. It is located about 13 miles south of the Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo. Tickets for the circus show range in price depending on age and season, but children under five are always free! There are all sorts of animals that get involved in the show from elephants to tigers, and even dogs. Plus during specific times of the year your children are allowed to ride the elephants.

3. EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, WI

This museum is dedicated to the preservation and information of aviation aircrafts throughout time. This is a year-round attraction, but every year the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosts an annual AirVenture in the summer that has been named the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. View tons of cool planes, watch fireworks, take some workshops, bring the kids for arts and crafts, take tours of planes, and meet other aviation fanatics.

4. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Green Bay, Wi

Oh so appropriately located in Green Bay, the Packers Hall of Fame is open on game day, the day before game day, and of course has their standard hours of operation too. This is a great way to get the Lambeau experience. Visitors are able to view team trophies, listen to the legends explain the game, and view a replica of Vince Lombardi's office. Combined ticket prices are available for the Hall of Fame entry and stadium tour.

5. Discovery World Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Discovery World Museum is a science and technology museum in Milwaukee. Check out their touchable aquarium where you can reach out and touch the fish. There are so many interactive sections at the Discovery World Museum like the Music Factory, the Wind Leaves, and the Machine Shipyard. This is an awesome field trip or day activity in the Milwaukee area-tickets range from $12-$18 depending on age.

6. Madison Children's Museum, Madison, WI

It's only about a five-minute walk from the state capital to the Madison Children's Museum. This is one of the best interactive museums for young kids. They have an art studio to keep your child's creative mind spinning, they have hands on water and gear exhibits, and an outdoor three season deck that hosts their signature Urb Garden.

7. National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI

Located in Cooke Park in Green Bay, the National Railroad Museum is a great stop for the historian of the family. From tours, to theater presentations, to wall art, the Railroad Museum is a great place to travel back in time. Plus, they even have train rides! They hold many collaborative events that are open to the public as well as host private events for any type of occasion.

8. House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI

While the House on the Rock isn't dubbed an official museum there are so many cool artifacts that are inside. The House on the Rock is home to beautiful views, attractions, exhibits, and collections. You can find historic items, a beautiful butterfly collection, and seasonal attractions. Come see the world's largest carousel and a 200-foot sea creature model up close and personal. The House on the Rock offers a convenient resort and inn for the perfect weekend getaway.

9. Wisconsin Veteran's Museum, Madison, WI

The Veteran's Museum is dedicated to the citizen-soldiers of the Wisconsin. The exhibits show illustrations and tell the stories of Wisconsin's men and women who served in our country's wars starting as early as the Civil War era. The museum highlights are artifacts, an oral history, and battle flag collections from all time periods.

10. National Mustard Museum, Middleton, WI

Introducing one of Middleton's newest museums-the National Mustard Museum. This abnormal museum displays over 5,500 bottles of mustard and is a completely free adventure. Wake up your taste buds by visiting their Tastings Bar with special mustards from all 50 states and over 70 different countries. Don't forget to celebrate the national Mustard Day on August 5!

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