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More Ideas in WI: Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Dinosaur Discovery Museum focuses on the specific connection between dinosaurs and birds, presenting ongoing research and a collection of fossil records in partnership with the Carthage College Institute of Paleontology, whose laboratory is located at the museum.
Permanent exhibits at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum trace the history of present-day birds to avian dinosaurs and back to theropod, or non-flying, dinosaurs. This fossil record is one of the most complete in our understanding of evolution, and is seen in action at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Dinosaur Discovery is home to the nation’s largest collection of carnivorous theropod dinosaurs, with 25 specimens representing 18 different species. All dinosaurs in the museum’s main gallery are casts of real-life dinosaur fossils and full skeletons are clearly marked as to which bones are true fossil replicas, and which bones are artist renderings. Exhibit technology imbues the displays with the sounds of dinosaurs and the weather and world around them in the Mesozoic era, over 65 million years ago.
The Dinosaurs of Hell Creek exhibit displays actual fossils from the Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s expeditions to the Hell Creek Formation in southeastern Montana. The bountiful site is home to Edmontosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus rex, the most iconic of dinosaurs. Carthage’s paleontologists, students and volunteers travel to the site each summer. The exhibit displays what it’s like to live and work in their paleontology camp. Highlights of the finds on display include a large tooth of a Tyrannosaurus rex found in 2007, a vertebrae from a Triceratops also found in 2007 and the fossil of a seed, found next to the shin bone of a duck-billed dinosaur. Plant fossils are important in understanding the world the dinosaurs lived in and what the environment was like at the time.
At the Carthage Institute’s on-site laboratory, museum goers can see the results of current and ongoing research, actual dinosaur specimens, and how fossils collected from the Hell Creek Formation are prepared and conserved. Thus far, the research team has found four partial dinosaur skeletons at the Bureau of Land Management’s Hell Creek site. These specimens are brought to the Kenosha museum, which has federal repository status. In 2006, the team discovered ‘Little Clint.’ At just over 2 years old when he died, Little Clint was the youngest Tyrannosaurus rex to have ever been found.
History: The Dinosaur Discovery Museum was founded in 2006, and is housed in a renovated 1908 Beaux Arts building that is now a historic landmark. The building, designed by the architect James Knox Taylor, was completed in 1910 and first served as the city’s post office. It was then moved, one foot at a time, across the street to its current location, where it housed the Kenosha Public Museum, which opened in 1936. The Public Museum is now located in a new building on the waterfront.
Thomas Carr of Carthage College serves as the museum’s scientific advisor. An Associate Professor in the College’s paleontology department, Carr manages the Field School Program at Hell Creek in Montana. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, and is also an accredited museum with the American Alliance of Museums. Over 40,000 visitors attend exhibits and programs at the museum each year.
Ongoing Programs and Education: School group tours are available for all ages, beginning at the preschool level. Thirty to sixty minute programs cover age appropriate topics. The museum also loans ‘Discovery Boxes’ from its collection of specimens, maps and reproductions, and over 700 videos and DVDs for off-site programs. Guided adult group tours are available for groups of nine or more.
Events at the museum include Dino Digs, a weekly program that takes place each Saturday and Sunday. The fun, interactive program allows young aspiring paleontologists to dig for their own ‘fossils.’ Also ongoing, but less often, is the Carnivore Carnivale program, a Sunday afternoon of Dino Digs, scavenger hunts, and dinosaur-themed games. The Museum’s Sensory Day is a special early-morning event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The museum’s exhibits are open under dimmed lights and limited sounds. Children may participate in hands-on activities, or rest in the museum’s quiet room.
What’s Nearby: Located in downtown Kenosha along the shore of Lake Michigan, Dinosaur Discover is part of a consortium of museums that includes the Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum. The location is also a thriving district for shopping, dining and outdoor recreation.
5608 Tenth Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, Phone: 262-653-4450
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More Ideas in WI: Circus World
Circus World is an historical site in Baraboo, Wisconsin that preserves circus history and educates the public. Circus World is home to a museum of circus related artifacts including circus wagons, posters, and historic structures. During the summer circus performances entertain guests and promote attendance at circuses throughout the world. The campus spans 64 acres, and includes the Ringling Brothers train complex as well as over 30 buildings, seven of which are the historical winter quarters for the Ringling Brothers circus.
Permanent exhibits at Circus World include a display on the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus and the Gollmar brothers, who were cousins of the Ringlings and the first to operate a circus from Baraboo, Wisconsin. The Gollmar Brothers circus ran from 1891 through 1916. At its peak in 1903, the Gollmar show was a railroad circus traveling on 22 cars. The Museum houses a rare collection of original posters from a P.T. Barnum Side Show, as well as backdrops from big-top performances such as the Ringling Brothers’ 1916 Cinderella Spectacle. A highlight of the collection is a miniature replica circus designed and made by Lottie and Mel Romeis over a 40-year period.
The Chappie Fox Wagon Restoration Center houses circus parade wagons and displays the intricate wagon décor, hand carved from wood that once graced the sides of wagons that have since been lost. The displays are accompanied by vintage photographs that illuminate the grand history of circus wagon parades. In 2014 an exhibit was added that tells the history of the Henry Moeller and Sons Wagon Works, a Baraboo-based circus wagon builder that operated in the early 1900’s.
Circus World’s Pfening Gallery hosts rotating exhibits of posters, art and memorabilia from the museum’s permanent collection. At the Irvin Feld Visitor's Center Theater guests may see a collection of circus related films.
History: Circus World was founded by John M. Kelley. Kelley, who had retired to Baraboo, was the personal attorney for the Ringling brothers, founders of the world famous circus. Kelley partnered with the local Gollmar Family who were circus owners themselves, to open the Circus World Museum in 1954. In 1959, the Museum was deeded to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. In 1960, under the direction of Charles Phillip “Chappie” Fox, the Museum began to furiously collect abandoned circus wagons from across the United States. They began The Great Circus Parade® to raise funds for the wagons’ restoration and repair. Since, the collection has expanded to include additional circus artifacts, posters and memorabilia, as well as live performances, and the incorporation of new technology to reach wider audiences. The Circus World Library opened in 1965 to better store and protect the documents, photographs and paper works in the collection. In 1991, the library was renamed to honor Robert L. Parkinson, who served as its director for over 25 years. Today, Circus World is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, while its collections are managed by the Circus World Museum Foundation, an independent non-profit organization. 2018 celebrates Circus World’s 60th season.
Ongoing Programs and Education: The museum’s buildings and gift shops may be self-toured throughout the spring and fall seasons. The summer season offers additional live entertainment. A 1950’s Big Top themed circus entertains guests with acrobats, clowns and performing animals daily. The Kid’s World Circus is an interactive performance during which children may participate in creating their own Big Top show. In Music World, the live accompaniment of the circus shows is highlighted and guests enjoy a demonstration of instruments in the museum’s permanent collection. Circus world is home to 100-year old musical organs in addition to a variety of novelty instruments used in parades and sideshows.
Past and Future Exhibits: Visiting performers for the 2018 summer season include the Tiger Adventures show, which showcases Royal Bengal Tigers under the direction of trainer Ryan Holder. Nothing But Nonsense will offer a daily comedic slapstick performance.
What’s Nearby: The Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center is located nearby at 415 Lynn Street. The facility is operated by Circus World and is the foremost authority and research center on the history of the circus in the United States. Open by appointment only, the library contains rare posters, photographs and circus related documents, as well as a small collection of materials related to carnivals and Wild West shows. The library maintains a database of the names of over 300,000 circus employees and performers from over 2,800 American circuses dating back to 1793.
550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913, Phone: 608-356-8341
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More Ideas in WI: Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon
Located on the shores of Lake Namakagon and surrounded by 850,000 acres of Chequamegon National Forest, Lakewoods Resort provides a relaxing and tranquil mountain retreat. Open year-round; the family-friendly resort features a variety of comfortable accommodations ranging from cozy lodge rooms and stylish condominiums overlooking Lake Namakagon to spacious villas on the Forest Ridges Golf Course and luxurious homes on the lake, including the exclusive Log Retreat.
All accommodations are beautifully appointed and elegantly decorated with contemporary décor and country-style furnishings, and have comfy bedrooms and private bathrooms, spacious living and dining areas, and private decks with barbecue grills, outdoor seating, and breathtaking views. Lakewoods Resort offers an array of amenities, facilities, and guest services, including a private sandy beach and a full-service marina, an onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a hot tub and sauna. Activities in and around the resort include an 18-hole golf course, tennis and volleyball courts, skiing, cross-country, skiing, snowmobiling, and fishing, and a summer recreation program for the whole family.
Lakewoods Resort features a variety of comfortable accommodations ranging from cozy lodge rooms and stylish condominiums overlooking Lake Namakagon to spacious villas on the Forest Ridges Golf Course and luxurious homes on the lake, including the exclusive Log Retreat and the seven-bedroom lake home, Namakagon Shores.
All accommodations have spacious bedrooms with king or queen-size beds dressed in deluxe linens and comforters and plush pillows, en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, whirlpool tubs, single vanities, thick towels and branded bath products, and fully equipped kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Spacious living and dining rooms have ample sofas and armchairs, dining tables and chairs for entertaining, private decks and balconies have outdoor seating, barbecue grills and firepits, and in-room conveniences such as flat-screen televisions, DVD players, telephones, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.
Lakewoods Condominiums are located in three condo buildings overlooking Lake Namakagon and are a short walk from the main lodge, the private beach and marina and the 12th hole on Forest Ridges Golf Course. All condominiums are privately owned and fully furnished with fully equipped kitchens, dining and living rooms with fireplaces, en-suite bedrooms and private balconies or decks with access to two charcoal grills.
Lakewoods Golf Villas are located to the west and southwest of the main lodge and overlook either the greens or the fairways of the Forest Ridges Golf Course. All units are fully furnished with fully equipped kitchens, dining and living rooms with fireplaces, en-suite bedrooms have full kitchens, fireplaces, and charcoal grills or firepits.
Lakewoods Lake Homes vary in size and layout from charming two-bedroom, two-bath homes with or without lofts, three-bedroom, three-bathroom lake homes to four-bedroom and larger lake homes. These beautifully appointed and stylishly furnished homes have comfortable décor with king or queen bedrooms, en-suite or shared bathrooms, spacious living and dining rooms, private docks and access to the private sandy beach and marina.
The Lakeside Restaurant boasts rustic Northwoods lodge décor and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant serves a menu of prime steaks, fresh seafood, and other regional cuisine, along with daily and weekly specials, Sunday brunches, and buffets, and an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world.
Buck’s Bar & Grill is a casual bar and grill-style restaurant that serves a menu of light fare and snacks, along with artisan and craft beers, signature cocktails, and fine wines, along with karaoke, live entertainment, and other fun events.
Amenities and Recreation
Lakewoods Resort offers an array of amenities and facilities for guests to enjoy throughout the year, including a private sandy beach and a full-service marina, an onsite restaurant and bar, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a hot tub, and sauna. Activities in and around the resort include an 18-hole golf course, tennis and volleyball courts, skiing, cross-country, skiing, snowmobiling, and fishing, and a summer recreation program for the whole family.
Weddings & Events
Surrounded by 850,000 acres of Chequamegon National Forest and overlooking Lake Namakagon, Lakewoods Resort provides beautiful venues for special celebrations and occasions, business meetings and corporate functions. The resort has numerous locations for romantic ceremonies, including next to the lake, beneath the gazebo or a tent on the lawns, or the walkout reception hall, which can accommodate up to 450 guests. Guest services include catering services, from sumptuous buffets to delicious sit-down dinners, professional wedding planning and event management, and luxurious overnight accommodations.
21540 County Road M, Cable, Wisconsin 54821, Phone: 715-794-2561
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