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Northwoods Petroleum Museum
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Owner description: Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.) from over 100 years of petroleum history. The museum is amazing and impeccably organized! The owner, Jake, is very knowledgable, having owned several gas stations for 30+ years.
Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

I can’t say enough nice things about this museum. It was really nice and my wife who usually has no interest in this type of thing seemed to enjoy it. I don’t know how long we were there but I expected for us to be in and out in less than 15 minutes, we spent way longer than that looking at all the cool stuff and talking to the owner. The owner was so nice to my boys they had so many questions and he answered every question they had. (And they had many questions). My boys are 8 & 6 and it was fun to watch the owner interact with them. On our way out he said he enjoyed when kids show interest in his collection, and it showed. If you are in the area this is a must see place even if you are only mildly interested in gas station/car memorabilia.

Every August he has a car show and I think we will be back next year to check it out.

Visited July 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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211 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Not a "drive-by"”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We visited on a rainy day. Like the other reviewers, we had driven by for years. What a treasure! Fascinating and really nicely done displays of classic car and gas station culture. (I work at a large museum and know the work that goes into a good display). The owner is just delightful and welcoming. Will please everyone, not just the "gear-heads" with the nostalgic exhibits.

Visited July 2014
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Three Lakes
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Great little museum for anyone interested in the history of petroleum and the gas industry. Friendly owner. And it is Free.

Visited June 2014
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Glencoe, Illinois
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Surprise on the Bike Path”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We have visited this very well put together and interesting museum on several occasions. You can walk from the center of town or bike there as it lies along the bike path. The gentleman who owns and runs the museum does it because it is his passion and it shows. Well worth the visit.

Visited August 2013
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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fun for guys”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Went to the museum while they were hosting the annual car show outside. Its a fun thing to do fo 45 minutes to an hour. Mostly a guy thing so would leave the ladies at home unless they are into old gas station items.

Visited June 2013
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