In 1901, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed Chapter 125 Laws that mandated officials to create a memorial in honor of Wisconsin’s role in the Civil War and any other subsequent wars. Civil War veterans banded together to create a vital veterans organization called, “Grand Army of the Republic,” or G.A.R., and the groundwork for the current Wisconsin Veterans Museum was completed. The grand opening occurred on June 6, 1993. It drew a crowd of 7,716 spectators following a publicity campaign involving the governor’s office, legislative leaders, media personalities, and many other influential figures and groups. Today, the museum averages more than 90,000 visitors per year and charges no admission. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum holds more than 3,000 objects on display in modern exhibits. The museum sits on Capitol Square in downtown Madison, WI, where teachers, students, and the general public pass through the doors to experience the living history of Wisconsin’s people, and their impact on the military of the United States of America. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum offers a unique perspective on the ongoing narrative. Speakers frequent the museum, and groups of students and organizations can easily arrange a trip. For further questions, refer to http://wisvetsmuseum.com/.