WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Madeline Island Museum

Closed for the season

Madeline Island Museum is closed for the season. Thank you to our members and guests for your support during the 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2022 season. In the meantime, you can check out our Holiday events at Old World Wisconsin, Villa Louis, Wade House, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum. Continue exploring Wisconsin history year-round at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Save the Date!

Island Boutique

Saturday, Nov. 27 | 10 AM – 3 PM

FREE EVENT!

Jump-start your holiday shopping season at the Madeline Island Boutique, hosted at the Madeline Island Museum. Browse unique items crafted by local artisans and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. The museum gift shop is also open for shopping. Guests will enter the front door on Colonel Woods Ave. The event takes place in the Capser Gallery.

A soup lunch served by the La Pointe School PTO is available for purchase, with proceeds supporting local school programming. Guests who make a purchase on the island can pick up a return ferry ticket at the museum, good for that day only.

La point tree and neighborhood covered in snow

Explore the Site

Guest views the Pioneer Room in the historic buildings section of the Madeline Island Museum

The largest of the Apostle Islands, Madeline Island, has been home to many cultures throughout history. The Ojibwe (Chippewa) and other tribes made their home here for hundreds of years before European contact. The island was also one of the earliest areas of European exploration and settlement in the interior of North America, serving as a post for the fur trade, commercial fishing, and missionary activities.

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For Your Health & Safety

reserve a spot. advance registration

Advance
Registration

Advance registration is required for some events

Face Masks required

Face Mask
Policy

Required for guests indoors if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Recommended for guests indoors if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Daily cleaning & sanitizing

Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning & sanitizing enhanced at all facilities

Maintain Social Distance. Two people 6 ft apart.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing while on-site

2021 Site Protocols

Effective Aug. 5, in accordance with current state guidelines

To protect your safety and ours:

  • If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we recommend you wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you are required to wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • Please practice social distancing at our historic sites and museums.
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site.
  • All facilities will adhere to increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building.
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom.
  • Staff and guests, per CDC guidance, are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Site Accessibility

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to some of our historic sites & museums for general admission and special experiences. Click the button below for more information on how you can explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

MADELINE ISLAND MUSEUM

Voyage Back In Time

Step off the Madeline Island Ferry and into the stories that made this island the enchanting place it is today. Make cultural connections from the Ojibwe to European fur traders and discover island life through exhibits that explore the communities that made the island home.
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"One amazing lighthouse lens from the Raspberry Island Lighthouse!"

GUEST REVIEW

CALENDAR

Use our online calendar to see all the exciting events, activities, and programs happening at Madeline Island.
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Interpreter cooks food within the stockade

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Ojibwa Lodge


ABOUT US

Learn how Leo and Bella Capser preserved the island’s history.
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SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Discover the evolution and multitude of uses for birch bark in the new exhibit: “Wiigwaazii” at the Madeline Island Museum.
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PERMANENT COLLECTION

Explore a vast collection of artifacts that share the stories of the island and the people.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip today! Tickets, Hours, Directions and more.
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A digital banner that reads "550+ The age of our dugout canoe on display."
a digital flyer that reads "183 the age of the american fur company warehouse, which is part of the original museum"
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