We’re “America’s Dairyland.” Of COURSE the National Dairy Shrine should be here, right? Fort Atkinson hosts this salute to bovine lactation, chock full of interactive displays, exhibits, and artifacts.
The actual National Dairy Shrine is headquartered in Ohio, but its museum is here in Fort Atkinson and offers a detailed look at rich heritage of the dairy industry. Learn about the history of ice cream, check out a dog-powered butter churn(?), learn how milking works, what 19th century farm families had to go through and how modern manufacturing techniques have made their lives easier while improving the availability and quality of milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream for all of us. There’s also a look at where this technology is going. And you’ll probably want an ice cream cone when you’re done.
The National Dairy Shrine is right along U.S. 12/Highway 89 next to the Hoard Historical Museum a little bit south of downtown Fort Atkinson and the Rock River. Business Highway 26 is just to the west, and Highway 106 is just to the north. They’re open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm.
401 Whitewater Avenue (U.S. 12/Highway 89)
Whitewater, WI 53538