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1. Wisconsin Veterans Museum
This free museum aims to humanize the stories of war that you likely learned about in school. In addition to mounting exhibits that tell the stories of Wisconsin soldiers who fought in wars from the 1800s onward, the museum also oversees an extensive oral history project that can be accessed online. (Museum was closed over winter due to COVID-19, check for updates at wisvetsmuseum.com.)
2. The Museum of Wisconsin Art
If you’ve never been here, you’re overdue for a trip. The MOWA is devoted to art by Wisconsinites past and present in an ever-changing roster of exhibits. “Warhol and the Portfolio of Fame: The Photography of Doug Edmunds” – a retrospective of work by a local photographer who spent years snapping shots of celebrities – is on view now through May 2.
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3. The EAA Aviation Museum
Even visitors who aren’t especially interested in aeronautics will be wowed by the EAA’s collection of 200-plus historic planes. The KidVenture Gallery features lots of interactive exhibits, including a half-scale model of an F-22 that pint-sized pilots can climb right into.
SPECIAL INTEREST MUSEUMS WORTH CHECKING OUT:
- The National Railroad Museum, Green Bay
- Circus World, Baraboo
- Children’s Museum of La Crosse
- National Mustard Museum, Middleton
- A World of Accordions, Superior