Dells Country Historical Society


The Dells Country Historical Society and Museum is a must-see for anyone visiting Wisconsin Dells. The museum itself is an invaluable piece of history. The Museum is housed in the Bowman House, a gorgeous example of Prairie Style architecture that was built in 1904. After serving as a vacation home for professional women for several decades after the original owners moved on, the house was scheduled for demolition in 1981. However, a group of history lovers made a plea to the city council to save the house. The plea was granted and the house saved. After a complete renovation, the museum as we now know it came to be.

In addition to the fabulous architecture, the house is full of many treasures that will interest all visitors. You'll find wonderful examples of clothing and accessories from the late 1800s and 1900s. Furniture from this period is also on display. You'll find artifacts and belongings from several famous people, including General Joseph Bailey, who had a hand in shortening the Civil War. Military uniforms and Native American artifacts also await you. And you'll find historical publications and pictures chronicling the Dells Country and points of interest around the area. The H.H. Bennett photo gallery is also located inside the house.

Admission to the museum is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted. Feel free to bring cameras along on your tour and photograph or shoot video as you wish. The Dells Country Historical Society and Museum is located at 714 Broadway in Wisconsin Dells and may be contacted by phone at (608) 254-2254. The Museum is operational during the months of June, July and August, and for special events as scheduled by the Historical Society at other times during the year.

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