WI Veterans Museum - Madison

share this article
follow


Wisconsin Veterans Museum - Madison WI
Wisconsin Veterans Museum - Madison WI


The Wisconsin Veteran's Museum was established in 1901 to display artifacts of Wisconsin's role in the Civil War. Over the years it grew and moved to its new location on the Capitol Square in Madison. The museum features two exhibit halls; one dedicated to 19th century wars and the other to 20th and current wars.

Detailed dioramas become a three dimensional wallpaper - immersing visitors in battle scenes while pushing artifact displays into the central space to be viewed in the round. Stories of valor, heroism, and suffering are told through historical artifacts donated by Wisconsin veterans. These stories depict Wisconsin's commitment to the struggle for ideas, peace, liberty and the projection of American power throughout the world.









Wisconsin Veteran's Museum
Wisconsin Veterans Museum - Madison WI


The history of American innovation is largely related to the history of American war. The Wisconsin Veteran's Museum is laid out as a historical timeline. One moves from a time when horses pulled cast iron cannons - heaving them over the agrarian landscape of the 19th century - to a time when airplanes and helicopters hovered overhead while submarines maneuvered through underwater abysses. Whatever the reasons for war may be, war has always demanded the most from the American people, and our inherently cooperative society has always collected itself together to respond with extraordinary devotion and innovation.

Battleships such as the USS Wisconsin achieved a breadth of scale and equipment that could only be demanded by the necessity of war. Submarines and airplanes have become critical tools for scientific research, but would never have existed in their current capacity if not for the resources dedicated to their development by a society focused on discovering a wartime advantage.

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum


One of the most interesting artifacts on display at the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum is an IED improvised explosive device deployed against our troops in the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This artifact shows in stark contrast how our enemies are also using innovation to leverage tactical advantage.

You don't have to be a war buff to enjoy the displays at the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum. But, if you are a war buff , have lived through the horrors of war, or have participated in the homefront war effort, then the tasteful displays of war artifacts will ignite a sense of awe and a deep respect for our Wisconsin Veterans.



Directions, Map, Information



FEE: FREE
HOURS: TUESDAY THOUGH SATURDAY:  9AM-4:30PM



Address for your GPS: 30 West Mifflin St Madison WI
| coordinates: 43.074903, -89.386109 |

From Milwaukee1.5 Hours
From Madisonn/a
From Green Bay2.5 Hours
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis4.5 Hours
From Chicago3 Hours




Photos


Wisconsin Veteran's Museum
WWII Uniforms on display at the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum


Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

Wisconsin Veteran's Museum



Video