1001 Hwy 82
Mauston, WI 53948
Phone: (608) 847-5959
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Arts & Museums
A scientific conundrum-where the laws of nature have gone awry. Everything is turned topsy-turvy and something is really as it seems.
The 1950s saw the creation of several steam locomotives and passenger seats by Sandley Light Railway Equipment Works. Years later, though the original creators of these gems are no longer around, their legacy carries on as this living museum. The Riverside & Great Northern Railway gives us a glimpse into the history of railways and railroading in the state of Wisconsin. As per seasonal timings, guests can enjoy the rustic pleasure of traveling in these excellently maintained locomotives. For complete details, check the website or call ahead.
Even those who scorn the existence of aliens are likely to become believers at the American UFO Sci-Fi Museum whose biggest attraction is a simulation of the Alien Autopsy which took place in New Mexico. Sufficient coverage has also been given to the chilling UFO landing in Roswell in 1947 which raised the heckles of the international community too. Call ahead for open hours.
Nestled in the quaint Wisconsin Dells, Robert Ripley's Museum attracts hordes of visitors and enthusiasts through the year. You have the opportunity to walk through eight well stocked galleries of the bizarre and beyond. Be prepared to be awe inspired and be even better prepared to cringe at the sight of some of the oddities that Ripley's houses. Some major attractions in this Believe It or Not include the King Tut's Curse which challenges you to do your very best to survive his wrath! Check their website for further details like timing and some fantastic pictures of the place.
A human beings capacity to love is limitless but it must not be lost in our fogged memories that the cruel inclination towards causing excruciating pain is also a part of man's repertoire. Wisconsin Dells is home to the Museum of Historic Torture which displays torture devices that have been devised by countries all over the world. These macabre tools, legal at the time of their use, served the purpose during interrogations and punishments. Be it the Inquisitor's Chair, Heretic's Fork, all these devices can be viewed here. Understanding these contraptions may wreak havoc on your nerves but at least you have been warned!
Henry Hamilton Bennett is better known as the man who put Wisconsin Dells on the map of the world. One of the best landscape photographers in the world, Bennett embraced nature in all its beauty and put forth through his candid pictures his love, awe and reverence towards nature. This historic museum is H. H. Bennett's studio built by the man himself back in 1875. Photographs do speak a thousand words and transcend the boundaries set by time and age and his photographs are no exception to this. Do visit this museum to glance through its amazing collection.
Enter the amazing world of space, magic and electricity. Tommy Bartlett Exploratory gives the entire family an opportunity to stretch the boundaries of science and technology, play hand in hand with brilliant minds and meticulous thoughts. For those who have the undying need to know why things work the way they do and for those who simply revel in the adventurous high that inventions can give you, Tommy Bartlett Exploratory has more than 150 interactive displays that help one understand concepts like static electricity, laser and optical illusions. What sets the Exploratory apart is the practical and hands on way in which one can experience these scientific theories. Get a charge out of static electricity and see your hair stand on end!