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Historical mansions, museums, and more.

Fall Creek Historical Society Museum

See items from Fall Creek's history including a doctor's office, a drugstore, dresses, and military uniforms. Also on the grounds are a washhouse, kitchen, and jail. Open weekends from Memorial to Labor Day, or by appointment (call ahead).

E111940 County Road J
Fall Creek

 fcHistoricalSociety.com
 (715) 877-2850

Historical Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts

The Mabel Tainter building includes a lavish 313-seat "crown jewel" Victorian theatre and a historic reading room. It is a premier example of a restored vintage American Theater. Take a self-guided tour to inspect the intricate hand-stenciling…

205 Main St. E
Menomonie

 MabelTainter.com
 (715) 235-0001

James Sheeley House

The James Sheeley House is a local hot-spot for supernatural explorers and ghost hunters. Built in the 1860s, is allegedly haunted by the spirits of its original owners. Currently operates as restaurant serving up-scale dining in a historical…

236 West River St.
Chippewa Falls

Leinenkugel's Brewery Tour

Tours and beer tastings cost $5 for those 21 and older and includes a souvenir glass. A portion of our sales will be donated to water conservation efforts for Little Lake Wissota, our hometown lake.

124 E. Elm St.
Chippewa Falls

 leinie.com
 (888) 534-6437

Old Courthouse Museum and Jail

Wisconsin's last remaining woodframe courthouse features an iron-latticed cellblock in the jail, upstairs courtroom in near-original condition, railroad room, bridges of Durand, century-old paintings, doctor and dentist office equipment, and antique…

315 W. Madison St.
Durand

 OldPepinCountyCourthouse.org
 (715) 672-5423

Wilson Place Mansion

Wilson Place was built in 1859 by Capt. William Wilson, a principal in Knapp, Stout, & Co. lumber company, founder and first mayor of Menomonie, and the area's first state senator. Three generations of Wilsons remade it from a colonial house to a…

101 Wilson Circle
Menomonie

 facebook.com/wilsonplacemansion
 (715) 235-2283

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum

Featuring displays comprised of canoes and canoe related ephemera, plus a 2500 square foot canoe shop. This eclectic assemblage of boats is exciting in its diversity, and includes significant craft from the golden age of North American canoeing as…

312 N. Front St.
Spooner

Wisconsin Logging Museum

Take a step back into time when you visit the Wisconsin Logging Museum. Begin your tour with an introductory movie on logging in the 1890s and then visit their barn, blacksmith shop, cook shanty, bunkhouse, and heavy equipment shed to experience a…

1110 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

 wisconsinlogging.org
 (715) 835-6200