WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Interpreter demonstrates for visitors

Plan Your Visit


Plan Your Visit

Begin your Island exploration at the Madeline Island Museum, a half block up from the Island ferry docks on Colonel Woods Avenue. Experience over 500 years of Island history as you wind your way through engaging exhibits until you find yourself back in time exploring what life was like on Madeline Island in the original 1958 museum.

HOURS & DIRECTIONS

CURRENT HOURS

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • From Madison

    Take I-39N/I-90W/I-94W. Take I-39 North (Exit 108B) toward Wausau. Merge onto US-51 North. Take US-2 West. Take the WI-13 N toward Red Cliff Exit. In Bayfield turn right on Rittenhouse Ave. and left onto Front St. Turn right onto Washington Ave. until you reach the Madeline Island Ferry dock. Take the ferry to Madeline Island (20 minute ride). Madeline Island Museum is one block up from the ferry dock on Col. Woods Ave.

  • From Milwaukee

    Take I-94 West. Merge onto I-39N/I-90W/I-94W. Take I-39 North (Exit 108B) toward Wausau. Merge onto US-51 North. Take US-2 West. Turn right onto WI-13. In Bayfield turn right on Rittenhouse Ave. and left onto Front St. Turn right onto Washington Ave. until you reach the Madeline Island Ferry dock. Take the ferry to Madeline Island (20 minute ride). Madeline Island Museum is one block up from the ferry dock on Col. Woods Ave.

  • From Duluth

    Take US-53 South and cross into Wisconsin. Stay on US-53 South until it merges with US-2 East. Continue to follow US-2 East. Take the WI-13 N toward Red Cliff Exit. In Bayfield turn right on Rittenhouse Ave. and left onto Front St. Turn right onto Washington Ave. until you reach the Madeline Island Ferry dock. Take the ferry to Madeline Island (20 minute ride). Madeline Island Museum is one block up from the ferry dock on Col. Woods Ave.

  • From Minneapolis

    Take I-35 North. Merge onto US-53 South (Exit 255B) and cross into Wisconsin. Stay on US-53 South until it merges with US-2 East. Continue to follow US-2 East. Turn left onto WI-13. In Bayfield turn right on Rittenhouse Ave. and left onto Front St. Turn right onto Washington Ave. until you reach the Madeline Island Ferry dock. Take the ferry to Madeline Island (20 minute ride). Madeline Island Museum is one block up from the ferry dock on Col. Woods Ave.

ADMISSIONS

Adults (19-64): $8
Students/Seniors (18 & age 65+): $7
Children (through age 17): FREE
Wisconsin Historical Society Members: FREE

We accept all forms

Museum admissions counter

ACCESSIBILITY

Madeline Island Museum’s Capser Center exhibit hall is accessible by wheelchair. Due to the scale used in our other historic buildings, access is somewhat limited. Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. For more information regarding access to site buildings, grounds and programs please contact Madeline Island Museum at 715-747-2415.

While no pets are allowed on the museum grounds, service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

No firearms or weapons allowed on the premises.

NEARBY HOTELS

  • ASHLAND COUNTY

    Photo of Madeline Island cliffs

    Madeline Island is located in north Ashland County, just across the channel from Bayfield, Wisconsin.

    Home to the Apostle Islands National lakeshore, vibrant arts communities, cultural venues, and plentiful recreation spots, experience pine forests and the power of Lake Superior.

    Find places to stay in the Chequamegon Bay area.

  • IN THE AREA

    For general information on Madeline Island tourism, contact the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce.

    Travel WisconsinFor more information on restaurants, hotels and other attractions near Madeline Island Museum, visit our sister site Travel Wisconsin.

    For information on bed & breakfast options in the area, visit the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association.