The Chippewa Valley Museum tells stories. Surprising, entertaining, enriching, and authentic stories that illuminate the Chippewa Valley for those near and far, and also help tell the larger story of America.
Changing Currents: Reinventing the Chippewa Valley. A wide variety of people have lived in our area in the last 400 years. How they chose to live their lives—and how they got along with people of different backgrounds—shaped the Chippewa Valley we see today.
Farm Life. In 1900, 42 percent of Americans worked in agriculture. Today, 2 percent do. Why do some farm families stay with this life over generations? Why do others leave?
Short-Term Exhibits. The museum has a constantly changing set of exhibits on our region.
See a full list of exhibits at left!
HISTORIC BUILDINGS ON THE GROUNDS
Sunnyview School. Starting in 1882, Sunnyview brought neighboring children and their families together for eighty years.
Anderson Log House. Norwegian immigrants Lars and Grethe Anderson raised a large family in this modest 1860s house. Both buildings are open from April through October.
HISTORIC HOME IN DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE
The Schlegelmilch House. Built in 1871 by German immigrants Herman and Augusta Schlegelmilch, three generations of the family lived in this middle-class brick home. Today furnished with period artifacts from the turn of the 20th century, the house hosts special programs throughout the year and is also available for rent. It is a popular place to host parties, showers, or other gatherings.
Ice Cream Parlor. Our fab-fifties parlor serves sundaes, malts — even real ice cream sodas.
Museum Store. Regional books and gifts, notecards and postcards featuring images from our collection and original books following our major exhibits.
Kate Aitken’s Doll House. A four-story, 21-room marvel for the child inside everyone!
Glenn Curtis Smoot Library and Archives. Thousands of historic images, documents, manuscripts, and other sources for research — including extensive genealogical materials.
IN CARSON PARK
The Chippewa Valley Museum sits beneath towering pines in Eau Claire’s beautiful Carson Park, a 134-acre peninsula nestled inside horseshoe-shaped Half Moon Lake. Carson Park also features the Paul Bunyan Camp Museum; picnic pavillions; access for fishing and canoeing; and the baseball stadium where homerun king Hank Aaron played his first professional games, and where the Express and the Cavaliers still play ball on balmy summer evenings.