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Museums / History Tours

Wisconsin’s history comes alive

From the arrival of the Ojibwe on Madeline Island to the boom years of big lumber and commercial fishing, Wisconsin history has left its mark on the Bayfield Peninsula. Northern Wisconsin’s rich history can be enjoyed by visiting the Bayfield Historical Museum and Lake Superior history at Bayfield’s Maritime Museum or by experiencing award winning historic walking tours along the streets of Bayfield.

Historic homes, churches, a Carnegie Library, and businesses are found in the heart of the Bayfield Historic District. Many of Bayfield’s historic homes now operate as bed and breakfasts or inns, treating guests to the atmosphere of 19th century life in Bayfield with all of the modern amenities.

A great way to see the historic buildings and hear about stories from the past is through entertaining and informative family friendly walking tours conducted by Bayfield Heritage Tours. Awarded one of the top tourist attractions in 2005 by the Midwest Travel Writers Association, visitors can select from a fun array of themes: “Ghost Walks”, “Dying To Get In”, and “Lighthearted Walk Thru Old Bayfield.”

Museums/Ghosts and History Tours

Family friendly historic, ghost, and architecture walks, step-on guide, private & group tours.
85320 Longwood Drive
Bayfield, WI 54814
30 N Broad Street
Bayfield, WI 54814
Bayfield Heritage Tours LLC
Step-on guide for bus groups covering historic Bayfield and the orchards. Storytelling programs. New in 2014: Discover Bayfield self-guided walking tour books and CD of local ghost stories.
PO Box 986
Bayfield, WI 54814
Presenting 150 years of Bayfield's rich maritime heritage. Displays feature lighthouses, shipwrecks, a canoe and other boats, commercial fishing, boatbuilding traditions and stories from the Lake.
131 S First Street
Bayfield, WI 54814
Madeline Island Museum
Experience more than 300 years of Madeline Island history. Discover the magic that has drawn people to Madeline Island's legendary shores for centuries.
226 Colonel Woods Avenue
La Pointe, WI 54850
Washburn Cultural Center
The Washburn Cultural Center building houses an Antiques & Gift Shop, Art Galleries/Shows, & the Washburn Area Historical Museum. We also provide space for Meetings, Receptions, Classes and Workshops.
1 E Bayfield Street
Washburn, WI 54891
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