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Thanks for another great season! We reopen for general admission in May 2024. Our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more. 

See You in Spring 2024!

Thanks for another great season! We reopen for general admission in May 2024. Our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more. 

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Wisconsin Historical Society members receive unlimited free admission to our 11 historic sites and museums, a complimentary annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, merchandise discounts and more. Join at the Family level and above for added benefits and discounts at over 1,200 organizations nationwide! 

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Lake Superior Stories that Continue Today

A visit to the Madeline Island Museum is an adventure through time, exploring the stories of the diverse peoples who have called the island home. Your immersive journey traverses four historic structures that combine to form the heart of this modern museum featuring fascinating artifacts and engaging exhibits telling Ojibwe, French, British, and American stories. 


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With indoor and outdoor spaces, we have a beautiful and intimate place for you to host your private event. Connect with nature and the past as you celebrate your new life together at the Madeline Island Museum.

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We are pleased to announce Mike Wiggins Jr. has been appointed as the interim site director of the Madeline Island Museum!

Mike previously served as Tribal Chairman and Executive Director of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for 12 years, ending his final term in November 2023. Prior to his tenure as Tribal Chairman, he served as a conservation warden for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), home-school coordinator for the School District of Ashland, and led the Bad River Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program. In 2019 he was honored as an Outstanding Alumni of University of Wisconsin Superior.

Mike’s first day with the Wisconsin Historical Society was Tuesday, January 16. His first day at Madeline Island Museum will be Thursday, January 18.
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We are pleased to announce Mike Wiggins Jr. has been appointed as the interim site director of the Madeline Island Museum!

Mike previously served as Tribal Chairman and Executive Director of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for 12 years, ending his final term in November 2023. Prior to his tenure as Tribal Chairman, he served as a conservation warden for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), home-school coordinator for the School District of Ashland, and led the Bad River Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program. In 2019 he was honored as an Outstanding Alumni of University of Wisconsin Superior.

Mike’s first day with the Wisconsin Historical Society was Tuesday, January 16. His first day at Madeline Island Museum will be Thursday, January 18.