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Welcome to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Website

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum encourages people of all age groups and backgrounds to visit our award winning facility. We serve the public in four unique areas. The museum offers instructive exhibits that highlight important events in Wisconsin military history from the Civil War to the present. The museum has received national recognition for its displays. Secondly, the museum develops educational programs often focusing on specific themes such as World War II or Korea. Thirdly, the museum also operates a Research Center where books, photographic materials, oral histories, and archival collections can be accessed. In addition, the Research Center provides online reference assistance. Finally, the museum cares for and safeguards a large collection of artifacts associated with Wisconsin’s military history.Accredited by the American Association of Museums logo

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an active member of the area community. The museum hosts school tours, veterans group meetings, commemorative events, special programs and participates in activities sponsored by its governing agency, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. The message of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is one of affirmation. The museum recognizes, acknowledges and affirms the role of state veterans in America’s military past. We believe that our educational programs, exhibits, and services contribute to the quality of life Wisconsin citizens enjoy.

Did you miss a program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum? Visit our YouTube and Vimeo channels to watch our award-winning programs or find links to select past events here.

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Point of View: The Veteran Print Project — Eight Veterans, Eight Artists, One Legacy

Friday, May 6 through Monday, July 31, 2011

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Lobby

Angelets Vets Print imagePoint of View connects a new generation of Wisconsin veterans with their community by inviting them to share their stories with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and a group of local artists. This new exhibit, based on the oral histories of Wisconsin's veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Desert Storm, will bring artist and veteran together to share an artistic interpretation of the last two decades of veteran experience. Point of View is a collaborative venture between the Wisconsin Veterans Museum oral history program, the talented artists of the Madison Print Cooperative, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Vets for Vets student organization. The exhibit includes an autobiographical print of a veteran artist, as well as a print interpretation of the historian who interviewed the veteran participants. From Desert Storm to Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan to Iraq, the exhibit is an invitation to the community to experience the stories of eight Wisconsin veterans and the artistic interpretation of eight local artists.


Story hour in the Civil War Gallery

Thursday, June 23, 2011 – 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 5-10 (grades K-5)

Come hear stories about the Civil War read by the Museum's Librarian.

The Civil War Comes Alive!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 – 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
All ages

Costumed re-enactors give you a "personal" account of the war along with opportunities for kids to take part in crafts and interactive games.

Eagles on the Square

Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
All Ages

Learn more about Wisconsin's Civil War mascot "Old Abe" as well as meet a live bald eagle visiting from the National Eagle Center.

Story hour in the 20th Century Gallery

Thursday, August 4, 2011 – 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Ages: 5-10 (grades K-5)

Come hear stories of bravery read by the Museum's Librarian.

All programs are free and held at the
Wisconsin Veterans Museum unless otherwise noted.

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