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
2023 Jerry & Mary Phillips Bayfield Award for Volunteerism
September 28, 2023 - 6:00 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, September 28 at 6:00pm for a reception at BHA to celebrate Volunteer of the Year Carolyn Sneed.
In addition to Carolyn's contributions to Big Top Chautauqua from its inception, she has also been a volunteer and board member for many organizations and vital groups in the Bayfield community. She is the epitome of a volunteer who has given her time and talents to make an impact in the Bayfield community.
Capt. Pike Day Celebration Videos
Presented on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
New Video! Riders of the Storm Presentation
June 4, 2023
Bayfield Heritage Association created a new exhibit containing 32 paintings by Bob Nelson. The paintings are of boats, tugs and ships that called Lake Superior and Bayfield home.
This video is a presentation Bob gave on May 24, 2023 at BHA where he shows and talks about some of the paintings. He shares memories and stories about each vessel.
Item of the MonthU.S.S. Bayfield FlagItem of the Month is a series of articles featuring some of the amazing treasures that can be found in the BHA archives. A rare glimpse of the technology, fashion, and everyday items of a bygone era.This flag was used on the U.S.S....
Bayfield Courier – Spring 2023 Edition
June 4, 2023
The Spring 2023 edition of BHA’s newsletter, The Bayfield Courier, is now available!
Read about the latest happenings at BHA, Bayfield history, volunteer opportunities, new exhibits, donor acknowledgements, and more!
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!