H. H. Bennett Studio, Wisconsin Dells

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The H. H. Bennett Studio is a historic photographic studio and photography museum located in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States. The studio building was built in 1875 by noted landscape photographer H. H. Bennett. It was operated by his family until 1998, when the studio was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society. Today the studio, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as a historical museum.HistoryH. H. Bennett began his career as a photographer in 1865, when he bought a portrait studio in Kilbourn City (now Wisconsin Dells) from local photographer Leroy Gates. Although there was little demand for portraits in the area, Bennett was able to achieve fame for a series of photographs he took of the nearby Dells of the Wisconsin River. As Bennett's pictures of local scenery became popular in cities across the nation, sightseers began to flock to Kilbourn City to view the Dells in person. Bennett capitalized on this by offering the tourists souvenir postcards and portraits, and was able to build a new red brick studio in 1875. This is the structure that still stands in Wisconsin Dells today. In addition to operating as a typical photographic studio, Bennett's studio functioned as a gift shop and information center for the surrounding area, selling souvenirs and crafts to visitors.At the studio, Bennett devised a number of new technologies to advance his photography. Among the most notable of his creations was his revolving solar printing house. Printing photos in Bennett's time required light, and because electricity was not available, sunlight was needed for Bennett to print any pictures. However, in order to ensure that he had sufficient sunlight throughout the day, Bennett needed a way to move his workspace while the sun moved in the sky. In order to achieve this, he constructed a small building with skylights, and mounted it upon rollers that rode a circular track outside his studio. Then, using a cable and pulley system, he was able to move the printing house around the track as often as needed to ensure optimum sunlight for printing. Bennett's unique creation is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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  • Our Upper Dells Captain told us to stop here. We spent over an hour. There photo exhibit upstairs (yes elevator) of local photographers was amazing. While my wife and I have different/share tastes, we...  more »
  • Travel thru history and time with old photographs of the area...also have option to do old time photograph of own group while there.  more »
  • We had a group of 40 seniors from the West Coast, and while the attraction was not for all, the history buffs were quite impressed with the history behind HH Bennett and his skills as a photographer. ...  more »
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  • The museum is small but filled with priceless artifacts, including a walk through his photo studio. My family learned so much about Mr. Bennett and his impact to society and technology. This is a MUST SEE if you ever visit this city and you are interested in life changing history.
  • Absolute hidden gem. Historic pics of wisconsin dells. Met HH Bennett's great granddaughter. A breath of fresh air from trinket stores in the area.
  • I lov this place, it's like time traveling back in time to the 1800's! It is incrediable to see so much artifacts inside, like old time cameras to other intresting items! I love the gift shop and can't wait to visit this place again this July of 2017!!! We are so very excited we are huge fans of the Wisconsin Dells for over ten years! We try to visit as much historical sites as we can in the area each year we covered so many and we go to them twice, every other year! I wanna buy some more new items this year and see what's new too! Thank You and see you soon! ;)
  • really cool place...lots of great info on how wisconsin Dell's came to be...
  • Pretty cool place to visit if your into photography

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With over 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 3,000 campsites, Wisconsin Dells offers a staggering choice in accommodations for those on vacation. You can choose anything from economical inns and motels, to amenity-rich hotels and vacation home rentals. Many visitors choose to stay at the waterpark resorts, offering comfortable rooms packed with high-tech features. If you wish to stay away from the big crowds, book a room at one of the area's cozy bed and breakfasts, providing free Wi-Wi and secure parking. If you like the great outdoors, pitch a tent at a wooded campground.
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