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Curators' Favorites

About the Curators' Favorites Tour


Content of the Tour

The Curators' Favorites tour offers you an in-depth look at over 200 selected artifacts from the Wisconsin Historical Museum. These objects were selected by museum curators because of the fascinating stories they tell about Wisconsin history.

Each entry features a photograph of the object, a short essay, and supplementary images to help illustrate the object's history. This gives you an opportunity to quickly learn about the story of each object and the historical context that makes it significant.

Organization of the Tour

The tour is divided into 18 broad subject categories located on the left side of this page. Each category notes the number of objects featured. Some objects may appear in more than one category.

Click on a subject to see the list of objects within that selected category. Click on "more" within the object's brief description to see its full entry.

Many objects in Curators' Favorites were stories previously featured in Museum Object of the Week, which ran from January 2005 through December 2008. The Curators' Favorites tour will continue to grow as more artifacts are added.


Please note that items in the "View all objects" drop down menu below are not in alphabetical order. They are listed in reverse chronological order based on the date they have been added to this tour.

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