BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE!
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2022 Museum Hours
1942 Bayfield Flood Documentary
Mark your calendars for the premiere of the 1942 Bayfield Flood Documentary at Big Top Chautauqua on July 24th! The show starts at 1:00 p.m. Check out the “newsreel” style promo video below.
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!