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National Historic Cheesemaking Center

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Address: 2108 6th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566-2768
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+1 608-325-4636
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The only National Historic Cheesemaking Center Museum in the United States....

The only National Historic Cheesemaking Center Museum in the United States. Take a step back in time as you enter the century old Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory that was lost in history for almost 100 years. Veteran cheesemakers and knowledgeable guides lead daily tours, offering colorful stories about cheesemaking, cheesemakers and the rich cheese factory history from the old world to the new world, and the rich heritage that still exists in today's industry. The past comes alive as a testimonial to "An era that was, that will never be again." John Bussman - 1994

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nice tourist thing to do ... especially foreign guests

A kitchy interesting little building. Wisconsin is known for cheese, a fact people from other areas find cool. Real small but worth the short stop.

Reviewed 22 January 2017
Oak Forest, Illinois
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Oak Forest, Illinois
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

A kitchy interesting little building. Wisconsin is known for cheese, a fact people from other areas find cool. Real small but worth the short stop.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

If you want to know how cheesemaking began, plan to spend an hour or more at the National Historic Cheesemaking Center. The staff was well informed about the history of the origins of the cheese building on site and how the original owners crafted cheese. Your children will learn how it was done "in the olden days" before machinery took... More 

Thank Thomas L
Flower Mound, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Great place to learn the history and process of cheese making in Wisconsin. Small but includes many artifacts, photographs and an authentic, relocated cheese barn. Starts with a good video. A tour guide will accompany you in very small groups. Out guide was Ernie, a Swiss born cheese maker who had lived in Wisconsin for decades. A great guide who... More 

Thank Sebbyboy
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We've been to Monroe, Wisconsin many times but felt a stop was in order to the National Historic Cheesemaking Center on our last visit. The volunteer docents are very knowledgeable in all things cheese and otherwise. Our guide once worked on is own farm making Swiss Cheese the old fashioned way. There's a lot of information and tools of the... More 

Thank lisafromchitown
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Volunteer docents share videos of cheesemaking now and before automation. Nice collection of antique tools. Cheese is made in the old cheese factory once a year in June on Father's Day. Worth the $5 admission fee.

Thank Becky W
Upstate NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

This is a great place to start your "Wisconsin cheese touring". The docents are very knowledgeable and also helpful with other tips such as cheese factories, maps, stores, etc. They show 3 videos giving you a good idea how cheese is made, its history and relative information to how it started. There are numerous other historical items in there and... More 

Thank CarolUpstateNY
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Reviewed 15 February 2016

For a small donation you can learn about the history of cheese making in Green County. It may seem a little "cheesy" to do this, but being able to understand how an area has grown to be what it is by examining what it was made for a great hour of our day.

Thank Raymond C
Janesville, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

We were in the area with another couple on a hot summer day. We happened to arrive here just before closing and they still were kind enough to give a great tout and interesting insights. Cheese making of your was an arduous venture, and the old cheese house outside of the museum is a glimpse into the past of what... More 

Thank Jay N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

This should be the first place to stop when in Monroe or Green county. You will better understand what is involved in cheese making. The museum is in an old train depot that was moved to this location. The tour is only $5 and our guide Fritz did an outstanding job. He is also a retired cheesemaker. You will learn... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, CA
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Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

The volunteers are extremely helpful incorporating their local knowledge with that of the museum. The exhibits are small, but rich with history. Worth more than the $5 we paid.

Thank BennyMc

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