2015 Treasures of Waukesha County Student Contest!

The museum 4th annual Treasures of Waukesha County Essay and Image Contest is now taking entries!  Students in grades 2 – 12 in Waukesha County can submit an essay and image of a person, place, object, or event in Waukesha County’s past or present that they feel is a true treasure.  Entries are now being accepted through April 24, 2015.  Winners will be chosen from four grade categories, and will receive a medal and their entry will be featured in a museum exhibit throughout the summer.  For additional contest information, click Contest Information and to enter, download the Entry Form.

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

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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