Museums in Wisconsin with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in Wisconsin, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in The Badger State offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in Wisconsin…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Northwoods Childrens Museum

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    Eagle River

    24 fun interactive exhibits in this Wisconsin children's museum! Gadgets and hands-on fun are waiting for the family to enjoy and play - parents that includes you!

  • Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock

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    Sturgeon Bay

    When in the northern part of the Door Peninsula, be sure to visit the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock. The newly remodeled facility features the fishing tug Hope built in 1930 by Sturgeon ...

  • The Fairfield Contemporary Art Museum

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    Sturgeon Bay

    The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art occupies a landmark 1907 building in the historic center of Sturgeon Bay, WI. It houses a permanent collection of over 200 works of art as well as ...

  • Oshkosh Public Museum

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    Oshkosh

    A kid-friendly local history museum. Travel back in time with family-friendly exhibits that bring the region's history to life, watch the famous Apostles Clock chime the hour, stroll through the 1908 ...

  • Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology

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    Chippewa Falls

    Welcome to CFMIT! We interpret a rich, varied history of manufacturing and processing that began here in the 1840\'s and continues today. As we relate the story of industry, we teach about the area ...

  • Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bike Museum

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    Sparta

    The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing an understanding and encouraging an interest and appreciation in the career of Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton, History of ...

  • Circus World Museum

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    Baraboo

    A fun and interesting collection of fascinating circus artifacts - it might even be the largest in the world! Historic circus fun for the whole family in Wisconsin!

  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum

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    Manitowoc

    Welcome to a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers ...

  • Childrens Museum of La Crosse

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    La Crosse

    Learning and fun rolled into one! Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday parties, gift shop, field trips, summer day camps, special programs, and more. For ages 1-12 with adult companions.

  • National Railroad Museum

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    Green Bay

    At the National Railroad Museum we strive to introduce visitors to a chapter in national history that brought wealth and modernity to millions of Americans. Learning about the history of rail allows ...

  • Chippewa Valley Museum

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    Eau Claire

    the exciting and intertwining stories of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley is to visit the nationally recognized Chippewa Valley Museum, located in Eau Claire. We offer award-winning exhibits, ...

  • Railroad Memories Museum

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    Spooner

    THE RAILROAD MEMORIES MUSEUM is housed in the former Chicago & Northwestern Railway depot and has been transformed into a museum packed with artifacts and memorabilia of railroad history and is ...

  • The History Museum

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    Appleton

    Inside the walls of the History Museum, the past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of the Fox Valley. Our mission is to inspire appreciation for the rich history of ...

  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum

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    Milwaukee

    Active and creative kids up to 10 years can learn through play at this Milwaukee children's museum!

  • The Building for Kids

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    Appleton

    Amazing interactive experiences for kids of all ages that inspire, teach, and allow those imaginations to flow! From dragons, to towns and storybook characters.

  • Milwaukee Public Museum

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    Milwaukee

    From dinosaurs to the hall of shells this is a fascinating and child friendly stop covering a vast range of specialist topics with an ever changing selection of exhibitions.

  • Madison Childrens Museum

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    Madison

    Features include art studio, interactive gear and water exhibits, restored log cabin with period activities, and two unique and highly imaginative eco play areas with one for under 5s and one for ...

  • MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

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    Poynette

    Feaures include hands on in and outdoor live wildlife exhibits, self guided nature trails, museums, a fire tower and large picnic area.

  • Plymouth Arts Center

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    Plymouth

    A cultural day out with the family at this Arts Center in Plymouth. With art galleries and exhibits for kids to explore and take in, it can make a relaxing and artistic family day out.

  • UW Geology Museum

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    Madison

    Take a journey into the deep history of Wisconsin at this fascinating Geology Museum, with hands-on learning for kids!

  • Mid Continent Railway Museum

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    North Freedom

    Experience this outdoor, living museum recreating the "Golden Age of Railroading" back in the 19th century! Locomotive fun for kids in Wisconsin!

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  • Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame

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    Green Bay

    Go Packers! Head behind the scenes of the Green Bay Packers and re-live all the exciting moments from their football history. Fun tours for those sports loving children!

  • Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center

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    Warrens

    Visit the Cranberry Discovery Center where you can learn all about this “berry” unique crop. Through storyboards, video, sound recordings, static and interactive displays. One of the many fun ...

  • House on the Rock

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    Spring Green

    The House on the Rock is the grand vision of Alex Jordan, who believed that sights and sounds were the most effective means of stimulating the senses. He wanted guests to question his creation, to ...

  • Bay Beach Wildlife Emporium

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    Green Bay

    The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 700-acre urban wildlife refuge. We are one of the largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Sites in Wisconsin. We are also Green Bay's largest city park. The ...

  • Wildwood Wildlife Park

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    Minocqua

    Looking for an unforgettable family adventure? Visit the one and only northwoods zoo. Everyone from tots and teens to couples and seniors, WILDWOOD WILDLIFE PARK guarantees the best entertainment ...

  • Wilderness Walk Zoo and Recreation

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    Hayward

    This 35 acre animal farm and recreation center has farm animals, a picnic area, wild animals, a maze, playground and walks. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Milwaukee County Zoo

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    Milwaukee

    More than 2,275 creatures are waiting in this family friendly zoo, with workshops, concerts and food festivals too! A fun animal filled day out for all ages in Milwaukee!

  • Timbavati Wildlife

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    Wisconsin Dells

    Experience an up close and personal encounter with a variety of animals guaranteed to give you memories for a lifetime. Enjoy the new Camel Ride or a take stroll around the Storybook Gardens, this ...

  • Mulberry Lane Petting Farm

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    Sherwood

    Animal time! Kids will love spending the day in this sweet Wisconsin petting farm where they can take a guided tour and meet all the friendly farm animals!

  • New Zoo

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    Green Bay

    Live animal encounters, an adventure park with zip lines, and education on conservation? Must be NEW Zoo & Adventure Park!

  • Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue

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    Rock Springs

    Offering self guided tours of the rescue facility, plus 3 varying led-tour types for a more intensive experience, including Morning Feeding and the thrilling Night Tour.

  • Henry Vilas Zoo

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    Madison

    Free entry family zoo including multiple children's zoo features, discovery centre, herpetarium, plus train and carousel rides.

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    East Troy

    A fun and educational animal petting zoo with interactive animal experiences, pony rides, hay rides and even kittens!

  • Special Memories Zoo

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    Greenville

    This sweet small zoo has a big heart for animals and welcomes animal loving kids who want to spend the day around these beautiful creatures!