The Waukesha County Museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1915 -- the 1893 castle-like structure at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha, WI. The Museum’s 75,000 square foot building is a complex of three structures. The oldest portion is the shell of Waukesha County’s second jail built in 1885. With its stunning turrets, the 1893 Richardson Romanesque courthouse captures the attention of all. Connecting the two older buildings is a 1938 WPA structure, stark by contrast in its Art Moderne/Art Deco style architecture. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975.
Three floors of exhibits cover such topics as the Civil War, early settlement in the county, architecture, toys, and technology. The Museum offers dynamic educational programs throughout the year. The Research Center contains over one million printed documents and over 250,000 photographs for scholarly researcher and hobbyists to reference. Travelling exhibits visit the second floor throughout the year. The current exhibit is the national tour of 'Memories of WWII: Photos from the Associated Press Archives.' Programs surrounding WWII include a monthly 'Lunch & Learn' each second Wednesday at noon, and the 'Michael Best & Friedrich Spring Speaker Series' held each month at 6:30pm on the second Thursday. Visit the museum's website for details.
Exhibits and the Museum Store are open regularly from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors aged 62 and above, $3 for children 6-17 and college students with ID and free for children 5 and under.
For additional information, call (262) 521-2859 or visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.org
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