Museums and Theaters in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial at Port Edwards

Theater and opera houses

Amarican Players Theater in Springgreen
The American Players Theater includes the 1148-seat Up-The-Hill Theater, an open-air amphitheater and the smaller Touchstone Theater with 200 seats. Every year the theater counts around 100,000 people and is the second largest open-air theater in the country.

Broadway Theater Center in Milwaukee
The Broadway Theater Center is home to the Skylight Opera Theater, founded in 1959. The building was built in 1907 and did not become a theater house until 1993. It houses a theater with 358 seats, which was designed in the Italian Baroque style, and a small studio theater with 99 seats.

Florentine Opera Center in Milwaukee
This is the home of the Florentine Opera Company. Works by various masters from different eras are performed and the Florentine Opera Center also offers space for external events.

Grand Opera House in Oshkosh
This historic opera house was built in 1883 and was restored in 2009 and 2010. A new large lounge was added for smaller events. The opera house now offers space for 600 spectators, annually around 25 public events take place, to which numerous other events, such as weddings or the like, are added.

Overture Hall in Madison
The Overture Hall is a theater that provides around 2250 seats, making it the largest within the walls of the Overture Center in Madison. This is an art center with various stages and exhibition areas for art in all forms, which was opened in September 2004. The organ installed by a German organ manufacturer is worth mentioning. Overture Hall is home to the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Opera and the Madison Ballet. In addition, the stage is booked by many artists on their tours.

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Pabst Theater in Milwaukee
The Pabst Theater was built in 1895, making it the fourth oldest continuously operated theater in the United States. It was built after the New German City Theater, opened in 1890, was destroyed by fire. The theater has space for 1345 spectators and is the stage for around 100 events of various genres such as music, comedy, opera, dance and of course theater performances per year. A special feature is the hydraulically adjustable orchestra stage and the approx. 2 ton chandelier from Austria as well as the remarkably good acoustics. The Pabst Theater played a major role in German-American culture in Milwaukee. Many of the most innovative technical innovations at the time, such as the iron curtain, a fire protection curtain, fully electric lighting, air conditioning,

Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake
This is a small local theater stage from 1910, which was used for traveling theater groups and in the beginning for the screening of films. The building was completely renovated in 1997 and has since been available to many artists, musicians, comedians and classical concerts.

Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison
The theater opened in 1939 and is located in the Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It offers space for numerous performances of various genres such as the annual Madison World Music Festival, the Isthmus Jazz Festival, various concert events and other events.

Museums and exhibitions

America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee
This is a museum dedicated to the history of slavery and injustice to African Americans in the United States. The museum was temporarily closed in 2008 due to a lack of funds, but unfortunately has not been reopened since.
2233 N 4th Street

Discovery World at Pier Wiscosin in Milwaukee
This is a science and technology museum, which is located directly on the shore of Lake Michigan. In addition to various salt and freshwater aquariums, the three-master in the adjacent harbor, which is approved for climbing, is a delight here. 500 N Harbor Drive
Opening times
daily except Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: US $ 17, reduced US $ 13

Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design in Milwaukee
This museum houses exhibitions on how today’s culture is influenced by the media world. This includes exhibits such as historical advertising materials and designs. 208 N Water ST
Opening times
daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 8pm; Saturday from 12 noon; Sunday from 1 p.m.
Admission: US $ 5, concessions US $ 3

Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee
When William Harley and Arthur Davidson sold their first Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Milwaukee in 1903, as we know today, that was the cornerstone for a long and successful company history.
The Harley-Davidson Museum exhibits hundreds of motorcycles of various styles from all decades, including highlights such as the real Harley from Elvis or from
Evel Knievel.
400 W Canal Street
Opening times
May to October 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday until 8 p.m. November to April 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm
Admission: $ 16; reduced US $ 10

Harley-Davidson Factory
The Harley-Davidson Factory can also be visited and is another highlight for motorcycle fans. It is located 20 minutes west of Milwaukee in the suburb of Wauwatosa. This is where the motors of the cult motorcycles are made. To visit, you take part in a one-hour tour, which is admittedly slightly technical. In the end, you get the opportunity to sit in the saddle of a real Harley classic car.
11700 W Capitol Drive
opening times
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in summer
: Free

Milwaukee Art Museum
A visit to this house could also be worthwhile for museum muffle! Of particular interest here is the wing construction designed by the Spanish star architect Santiago Calatrava, which opens and closes every day at 12 noon. Inside the museum, in addition to the permanent exhibition on architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who is considered one of Wisconsin’s popular heroes, there are various exhibitions on folk art and outsider art.
700 N Art Museum Drive
Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 5pm, Thursday until 8pm
Admission: $ 12; reduced US $ 10

Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison
This museum is an art museum with impressive works by various artists, including masterpieces by Frida Kahlo and Claes Oldenburg. There is also a sculpture garden, a martini lounge and a cinema on the roof of the museum.
227 State Street
Hours of
Operation Daily 12pm to 5pm; Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Museum of Woodcarving at Shell Lake
This museum, with more than 100 life-size wooden Bible scenes, houses the largest man-made collection of wooden sculptures. The creator of these works was Joseph T. Barta, who resided here and created the collection within 15 years. The works also include formative scenes such as the evening meal or the suicide of Judas. In addition to the life-size sculptures, around 400 miniatures can be admired here.
539 Highway 63
Hours of Operation
May to October 9 am to 6 pm daily

National Mustard Museum in Middleton near Madison
The National Mustard Museum has long been called the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum and houses the world’s largest mustard collection with more than 5,300 exhibits from all states and from over 60 countries. The museum is on the list of unusual museums in the United States. In the in-house shop you can buy a variety of mustard specialties and take part in free tastings.
7477 Hubbart Avenue
Opening times
daily 10 am to 5 pm; Closed on public holidays

National Railroad Museum in Green Bay
Here you can marvel at the largest locomotives, both steam and diesel, that have ever entered Green Bay’s huge freight station. It is also particularly worthwhile to take part in one of the train journeys offered in summer.
2285 S Broadway
Hours of Operation
May to September 9 am to 5 pm daily, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: US $ 9; reduced US $ 6.50

State History Museum in Madison
This museum deals with the history of Wisconsin. Starting with the Native Americans through the period of settlement to the immigration flows in the late 19th century and local political issues. The facts are made accessible to everyone with over 110,000 historical documents and objects as well as over 400,000 archaeological finds.
30 N Carrol Street
Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission: $ 4, concessions $ 3


Lakefront Brewery
There are daily tours of the brewery in the afternoon, but it is advisable to visit this brewery on Friday evening, as in addition to the 16 different beers, you can also enjoy fried fish, while a polka band all over the place connected festival hall with musical accompaniment. The one-hour tours usually take place once at 2 p.m. and once at 3 p.m.
1872 N Commerce Street
Hours of Operation
Monday through Saturday
Admission: $ 6

Miller Brewing Company
Preserves the legacy of Milwaukee’s many breweries. Even if the bottled product of this brewery does not suit everyone, a visit to this factory is worthwhile. The incredible size of the system alone is enough to leave you speechless. 2000 cans are filled here every minute and there are around half a million boxes in the refrigerated warehouse. The highlight of the free guided tours is the subsequent tasting, where you can try three full-size samples.
4251 W State Street
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm
Admission: Free

Spokesman for Brewing Company In
addition to a beer garden filled with brass music, this small brewery also has a museum in which memorabilia from long-closed brewers in the region are exhibited. Reservation is required to visit.
701 W Glendale Avenue
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 12pm to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 2pm
Admission: $ 4

Monuments and memorials

Sheboygan Hmong Memorial in Sheboygan
This is a memorial to honor the Hmong (East Asian indigenous people) from Laos who fought for the United States in the Lao Civil War (1959-1975). It is located in Deland Park in Sheboygan, a town on Lake Michigan approx. 80 km north of Milwaukee, which was one of the first towns in the 1970s to grant Hmong refugees asylum.

Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial at Port Edwards
This is a memorial to honor the firefighters of the state of Wisconsin who were killed during an operation. It is located in Ben Hansen Park in central Wisconsin north of Port Edwards. The main part of the memorial is a life-size statue that shows three firefighters during a rescue mission.

Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial at Port Edwards