Note: The Museum will be closed December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

Shop at the Museum’s Gift Store this Holiday Season!

Visit the museum’s gift shop for great holiday presents!  Shop all our Les Paul merchandise, historic Waukesha County sketches, fine jewelry, and autographed copies of Sam Llanas’ new CD “The Whole Night Thru!”

Sam Llanas

New Exhibit Now Open: “A Building for the Ages”

Discover the hidden secrets of the museum building, formerly the courthouse and jail for Waukesha County. Discover artifacts from the jail, judge’s chambers, law library, and more! See behind the scenes of the original 1893 courtroom space, and the centerpiece of the exhibit, 9 foot tall Lady Justice statue which once sat on the tower of the building.

Lady Justice

New Exhibit Now Open: It’s A Guitar Thing!

Middle School art students from St. Joseph’s School have created pieces inspired by Les Paul, guitars, and music!  See over 40 works of art in the Courtroom Exhibit space on the third floor, now through December.


Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha

Located in the historic downtown district of Waukesha, Wisconsin, the the hometown of famous music legend Les Paul. No other location in the world could be a better fit to present this tribute to Les Paul and create such a strong connection between Wisconsin and world-class talent.  See Les’ personal guitars, tribute jackets, recording equipment, trophies and awards, and much more!  Enjoy viewing Les perform throughout his career, including several clips with Mary Ford.  Play examples of his guitar inventions, and even touch Les Paul’s handprints!



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