Wisconsin Veterans Museum

30 West Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703 - United States



Smithsonian Affiliate Museum Free Everyday

Museum Day Hours of Operation: 9:00 am ‐ 4:30 pm

For over one hundred years, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, has connected the past to the present by sharing the stories of Wisconsin's military veterans.

Located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin, this award-winning museum and research center chronicles the history-shaping exploits of Wisconsin's veterans from the Civil War to the present day.


Supported by rare artifacts, full-scale dioramas and electronic interactive elements, Wisconsin's military history unfolds in two galleries of more than ten-thousand square feet.

The 19th century gallery showcases Wisconsin's role in the Civil War and Spanish-American War, and features a full-scale diorama depicting the battle of Antietam - the single bloodiest day in American history.

Examples of full-scale aircraft highlight the exhibits in the 20th century gallery, and include an assault helicopter that flew harrowing combat missions during the Vietnam War.

Visitors may also view an exhibit featuring some of Wisconsin's Medal of Honor recipients, recent events in the War on Terror and the State's Capitol through a real Cold War submarine periscope.

A changing exhibits gallery ensures that there is always something new at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum!

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

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