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Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Chippewa Valley Historical Society, founded in 1952, began to build support for opening a museum with a display in Eau Claire’s Public Library, followed by two “History on Display” exhibits in 1964 and 1965, and a display in the Barstow School in 1965.

1966 the Chippewa Valley Museum opens its doors in the former Meader Candy Factory just north of downtown Eau Claire. Jack Arnold, president of the L.G. Arnold Construction Company, housed upstairs, donates space on the first floor of the building for use by the museum.

1967 the building is sold, and the museum is without a home.

1968 – 1974 UWEC houses the Chippewa Valley Museum at 129 Chippewa Street in a house they had purchased for future development. While the museum had the use of three rooms they could only accommodate the displays and a total of 10 people at a time.

1972 ground was broken for the museum’s present location in Eau Claire’s Carson Park

1974 the Chippewa Valley Museum opens its doors to the public in its present location.

1976 the Anderson Log Home is donated to the museum

1977 the Schlegelmilch House, an example of an early 20th century merchant’s home in downtown Eau Claire, is donated to the museum

Today the Chippewa Valley Museum continues to gather memories, save ideas, and share stories to create a community that connects diverse audiences with all facets of the culture and history of the Chippewa Valley.
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  • I have been to this museum several times and always enjoyed the exhibits, many of which are interactive. You can place yourself in northwoods settings, a great place for selfies. Upon my last visit...  more »
  • The day started with the Friendly volunteer at the front desk, explaining to us all the fun things for our 4 yr old and for Daddy. He loved all the hands on activities and that he could touch and...  more »
  • On our way to Minneapolis , pit stop to this museum was good. Lovely staff. Great historical display. You will learn alot about the settlers and natives. Short walk through but worth it.
  • History. Amazing tales from the past of the Chippewa Valley. they have an ice cream shoppe! classes for kids and adults. staff is extremely friendly. you can browse photos of the area through the years, and purchase copies of them. a real hidden treasure. bunburyist approved

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