Heritage Hill State Park in winter

Heritage Hill State Historic Park


greenbay_heritagehillhistmarkerAs its name implies, Heritage Hill State Historic Park is a 48-acre outdoor museum filled with historic structures adorning a lovely hill that offers views of the Fox River, Lambeau Field, and even towards downtown Green Bay (more so when the leaves aren’t on the trees.)  Over 30 historic structures from fur trade-era log cabins to original stores and even buildings from Fort Howard, which gave rise to Green Bay, dot the hill.

During the warm months (sometimes month), you’ll find live interpreters in period clothing running around who will gladly fill you in on the history that abounds. Over 6,600 artifacts are among their collection, some pieces dating back to the 1600s when French explorers first started pulling up on the shores of Green Bay thinking they’d made it to Asia (the Native Americans already there informed them otherwise, of course.)

greenbay_heritagehill02There’s a Belgian farm and Moravian church on the grounds, as well as a newer educational center for classes and program and even events, which are increasingly popular here. Many events take place here throughout the year.

You’ll find Heritage Hill along the east bank of the Fox River in Allouez, just north of where Highways 57 and 172 (the freeway that serves southern Green Bay) meet. Highway 32 is just across the river; I-41 is also just to the west, and Highways 29, 54, and U.S. 141 are just to the north. It’s very easy to get to!

Address:
2640 S. Webster Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301
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Lambeau Field is THIS close to Heritage Hill.

Swarthout Museum


Located in a library and part of the La Crosse County Historical Society, the Swarthout Museum features an extensive look at the history of La Crosse, features one of the few remaining horse-drawn fire pumpers in the world, and rotates exhibits frequently. You’ll find a lot of artifacts and period clothing from as far back at the 1850s, when La Crosse first became a city.

Address
112 9th Street N
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 782-1980
Website

Door County Historical Museum


This museum looks small from the outside but the inside is extensive. The Door County Historical Museum tracks the extensive and colorful history of the peninsula, complete with an original jail cell, a fire truck you (and the kids) can sit in, and even a nature section illustrating the variety of plants and animals you’ll find throughout the area. The Chicago Tribune even named it the “Best Small Museum in the Midwest.”

The museum is free, although a $2 donation is suggested.

You’ll find it on 4th Street in downtown Sturgeon Bay, one block east of where Business Highway 42/57 veers onto 3rd Street.

Address:
18 N. 4th Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
(920) 743-5809
Website