BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE!
2023 Museum Hours
Our museum is closed for the season. We will see you again in the summer of 2024.
If you would like to visit by appointment: Call (715) 779-5958
R.D. Pike Day
August 23, 2023
Watch as the Mayor of the City of Bayfield declares August 23, 2023 as R.D. Pike Day.
Guest speakers include Christian Overland – CEO of the WI Historical Society, Gordon T. Ringberg – Mayor of the City of Bayfield, and Robinson Drake Pike – Great Grandson of R.D. Pike.
The Life of R.D. Pike
August 23, 2023
Dan Wilczek walks you through some of the life and times of Robinson Derling (R.D.) Pike. RD Pike is a fascinating historical figure, who lived a life full of achievement. He had an outsized impact on Bayfield and its citizens from the time the he returned to Bayfield in 1866, after leaving the union army, until he died in 1906.
More Featured Stories
Our exhibits truly bring history to life! They are best visited in-person. But, if you can’t make it to Bayfield, we have captured the highlights here! Scan the listings below or click ‘View All’ to go directly to the Exhibit page.
Bayfield Model Railroad
Did you know a scale model of Bayfield’s old rail yards exists in the lower level of the museum? The detail of this model is amazing! Click ‘Learn More’ for a tour of the layout and to hear Bayfield native and visionary behind this model, Larry Reiten. He will walk you through the history of Bayfield and the former railroad that came through town, as depicted in the layout.
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Old City Jail
Bayfield’s historic city jail is a 25’X25′ stone building located on Washington Avenue, next to the Iron Bridge. It offers a glimpse of the old days and of the rascals who made amends in the “hoosegow.” Click ‘Learn More’ for a full tour and some stories from the former Police Chief’s son!
Ray Cahill Barbershop
Step back in time in an exact replica of Ray Cahill’s barbershop. It’s so real you can almost hear the conversations from decades ago! Click ‘Learn More’ for a 360 virtual tour and much more.
We learn from our past
Dig into history! Read, watch and learn about the important people, places, events and industries of the past through a variety of materials available right here on our website. Items include online publications, history briefs and educational videos and interviews.
Click ‘Archives’ to start your history adventure!