The Wisconsin Veteran Museum is a place to remember and acknowledge the historical roles of Wisconsin veterans for serving America?s military. The museum collects historical information of the previous and present wars as well as displays a number of exhibits and artifacts in relation to the veterans. The area size of the museum is 10,000 square feet of exhibit space and another 7,000 square feet of storage.
The museum currently has a wide collection of documents, manuscripts, photographs, essays, and historical accounts of the Wisconsin veterans when they were serving in previous wars. The original documents were kept in storage; however, the audience can easily access these records through virtually or electronically. These records include a few documents from the Civil wars, the Spanish American Wars, the World War I and II, Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War. Lists of the veterans, memorials and honors are also kept in these records.
Favorite attractions of the visitors inside the museum are the dioramas and painted murals of the battles, where the veterans of Wisconsin highly participated in. A few examples are the World War II areas like the Battle of the Bulge in Europe and the battle for Buna in Papua New Guinea. Other displays are the dioramas of aircrafts that were suspended in the ceiling. These include the UH-1 Huey helicopter which was used during the Vietnam War and the full-sized replica of a P-51 D ?Mustang? in World War II.
The museum also provides educational lectures for schools that are expressing interest in the history of wars. Wisconsin veterans volunteer their time to share their stories and experiences about the wars, their achievement, and sacrifices while serving in the armed forces.
As of date, the Wisconsin Veteran Museum is hailed as a nationally-recognized museum due to its exhibits and displays. The museum continues its research on historical archives and hopes to obtain more historical accounts from other surviving Wisconsin veterans. For guided tours and reservations, visit the museum every Mondays to Saturdays.