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The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum

an institution devoted to the the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of materials and information relating to the history and heritage of canoe building, canoes, and canoeing. Our exhibit hall features displays comprised of canoes and canoe related ephemera from the collection of Jill Weber Dean and Jeff Dean. This eclectic assemblage of more.

News and Upcoming Events...

Endowment Fundraising Campaign Underway

Your help in establishing the WCHM Perpetuity Endowment Fund is needed today! An enthusiastic donor has agreed to match all donations made before February 1, 2018, toward our initial goal of $30,000. It's easy to make a fully tax-deductable, safe, online donation through our Razoo Giving Site partner by using the "Donate Now" button to the right. More information is available in the news article below, or contact us with your questions at or 715-635-2479.

Looking For More?

     Find information about the upcoming Canoe & Wooden Boat Show on May 27, including downloadable booth registration materials,on our Heritage Day page. Find information about upcoming presentationsd and classes on our Upcoming Events page. Find information about starting your own shop project, including downloadable foms and instructions, on our Canoe Shop page. Find information about becoming a member and helping to preserve our North American canoe heritage on our Membership Page.

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Exhibit Hall Hours

Our exhibit hall is now closed for the winter season, but you can still arrange a visit by appointment. Contact us at the email or phone number below to make arranegments.

The WCHM exhibit hall will open for the 2018 summer season on Saturday May 26th with our grand opening celebration Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day. After that our regular summer exhibit hall hours will be:

May 30 - Sept 3
Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sundays & Holidays 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

September 8 - 30
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
& Sundays 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

We are also happy to open by appointment for groups or individuals, call Jed at 715-635-2479 or email
to arrange a visit. We hope to see you soon.

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    Nice to these traditional skills still in use. Just the type of thing we strive to preserve. Kudos to you Ferdy Goo……

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    The WCHM 2018 Winter Newsletter is out. If you're not a member you can download a copy on this webpage (and...

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Exhibit Hall Admission Policy

The WCHM wants to be accessible to people from all walks of life, so we have a suggested admission donation policy of $4 for adults, $2 for teens, and kids free. We will gladly accept additional donations from visitors, or none at all. Admissions dfonations are, however, an important part of our annual budget and are very much appreciated, as are gift store purchases.