Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire

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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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  • When you live in a place, you often miss the gens sitting right under your nose. The Chippewa Valley museum is one of those places. In addition to the main building which houses many interactive displ...  more »
  • My husband and I were passing through Eau Claire and happened to hit on the free night at the museum. So glad we stopped. Only the main museum was open, but it contains a terrific collection of local ...  more »
  • Right next door to the Paul Bunyan Logging Museum is the Chippewa Valley Museum. They have an excellent farming and farm life display, along with a one room school house and authentic cabin. Included ...  more »
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  • Nice museum highlighting the history of the Chippewa Valley. Permanent exhibits include logging, farming and native peoples. Special exhibits are also rotated through periodically. Admission is reasonable. Takes a couple hours to see it. Longer if you also check out the Logging Camp.
  • Extensive exhibits of early lumber days to present. Great place for kids/classes to tour and anyone knew to the area. Even long-time residents can learn something!
  • Great place to learn aboit The Chippewa Valley!
  • Excellent Train Display & Extremely Proud Conductor!!
  • Love taking my kids here! So much for them to see, learn, and interact with. The ice cream parlor is a must for the end of your tour!
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