This museum is in a beautiful old bank building on the riverwalk. We visited on Feb. 21 and had a "View from the Vaults Behind the Scenes" tour led by the Curator of Collections. It was quite a learning experience for us, and a great value at $5 each for what turned out to be a private one-hour tour. He showed us some fascinating and arcane items, and graciously answered our questions. The first thing we saw was an authentic 19th-century penny-farthing bicycle, which led to the curator giving us a short bio of the man who built it. His passion for bicycles led him to be an early bicycle manufacturer in Milwaukee. He built some bicycles for export to Australia. The curator led us through several aisles, pulling out drawers that had treasures such as Native American artifacts and things that immigrants brought with them from Europe. Then we saw the excellent 2nd floor exhibit tracing the Italian community in Milwaukee, "Faith Family Festa." This museum deserves more attention; there is a lot of potential here.
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