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Albany Historical Museum

  • 117 N. Water St.
  • Albany, WI 53502
  • 608-862-3240

Local History, camera collection, vintage hats, antique toys, Sugar River history. Open Saturday 9 am - noon.

Brodhead Depot Museum

Renovated railroad depot, locomotive and caboose, railroad memorabilia, local history, cheesemaking and butter making equipment, antique washing machines, community band instruments and memorabilia.

Browntown Historical Museum

  • 110 S. Mill Street
  • Browntown, WI 53522
  • 608-966-3273

Native American artifacts, local history, community band and school memorabilia, renovated double-bunk jail cell, agricultural equipment.

Open first Sunday of the month in June, July, August - from 1 - 3 pm. 

Chalet of the Golden Fleece

Vast array of collections from all over the world housed in authentic copy of a Swiss Bernase mountain chalet; including furniture, priceless jewels, tableware, textiles, woodcarvings, dolls, and much more. Open Memorial Day weekend through last Saturday in October: Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm. Also open on festival weekends (Polkafest, Heidi Weekend, Volksfest, Labor Day, Swiss Village Harvest Fest) Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. Admission $8 adults, $6 students. Email to inquire about private tours or group tours: nggoldenfleece@gmail.com

Green County Historical Society Museum

The Green County Historical Society Museum is housed in the former Universalist Church that was built in 1861. The building was used to store wheat and wool during the Civil War. The musuem is open June 6 through September 6, 2009 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 4 pm. The Museum includes an archive with letters, papers, and newspaper articles of historical interest about Green County including obituaries, antique books, and pictures of our ancestors and items used in their daily lives. There is also the original Bethel one-room schoolhouse on the Museum grounds.

Herb and Helen Haydock World of Beer Memorabilia

Herb and Helen Haydock got their start with brewery collectibles when Herb purchased 8 beer glasses while stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Munich, Germany back in 1951. He didn’t know it at the time, but this small purchase would lead having the largest private collection in the world.

Let us take you back in time with historical artifacts on display including: brewery lithographed pictures, Cooper tools, wooden keg and cases, steins, growlers, 1928 Chevy Truck, Nascar cars, bar and beer lights, model brewery trucks, cars, trains and other brewery vehicles and much more.

This collection has found the perfect home with the oldest brewery in Midwest and second oldest in the nation.

Museum open:  Mon – Fri 8am – 5 pm, Sat/Sun Noon - 5pm.
Tours:  Monday 11 am, Tuesday through Thursday 1 pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory

Open April 1 - October 31, daily 9 am - 4 pm. Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County. Visit the National Historic Cheesemaking Center (see the additional listing under Museums) and the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory: step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917. All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm, just over the border into Illinois.

Monticello Area Historical Society

Open April 11 through December 1, Saturday's 10 am - 2 pm.

Located in the restored Woelffer Drug Store, the musuem houses various collections related to the history of Monticello - including the Monticello Woolen Mill.

Featured exhibit for 2009: “Jim Town," featuring the commerce that developed in Monticello when the Illinois Central and the Milwaukee Road railroads passed by the village beginning in the 1880’s. This center of commerce became known as Jim Town.

National Historic Cheesemaking Center *

Open April 1 - October 31, daily 9 am - 4 pm.

Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County.  Housed in a restored railroad depot (years ago the freight room was often filled with Green County cheese awaiting rail tranport to areas all over the United States); the center features cheesemaking equipment, dairy farming heritage, cheese factory replicas, railroad memorabilia, and local history. Excellent 10-minute audio tour gives an overview of the museum displays; docents are also available for personalized tours and questions.

On site is the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory:  step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917.  All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm.

Also on site - a renovated ribside caboose.

Swiss Historical Village

Fourteen buildings representing a facet of the daily life of the early New Glarus pioneers, including a traditional Swiss bee house, replica cheese factory, school house, church, blacksmith shop, log community building, smoke house/sausage shop, farm implement building, general store, firehouse, and print shop.

Toy Train Barn

Train models and operating layouts of all sizes, train and railroad memorabilia, antique trains. Also - ride the "Argyle and Eastern Railroad" - a one mile trip including Horseshoe Curve and 3 trestle bridges on a historic train rescued from the Green Bay Railroad Museum. Groups welcome!