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museum mellenAshland County Tourism • 715-682-2500 or 800-284-9484
County tourism office offering telephone assistance, brochures and information.  Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Ashland Historical Society Museum • 715-682-4911
Located in the heart of Ashland’s historic shopping district, this museum features displays of industrial, retail, medical and lifestyles reflecting Ashland’s history from its beginning to the present.

Glidden Area Historical Museum • 715-264-4101
View artifacts and memorabilia of Glidden’s logging, lumbering and dairy farming heritage dating back to the early 1800s.

Madeline Island Historical Museum • 715-747-2415
Features exhibits and artifacts of ancient Ojibway culture, fur trade, missionaries, logging and maritime industries. Includes a restored one-room schoolhouse.

Mellen Area Historical Museum • 715-274-2136
The Mellen Area Historical Museum is located  in a space that was originally built in 1896 as a community recreation center. The restored stage hosts theatrical productions. Exhibits include logging and farm equipment, weaving looms, vintage clothing, period home and business items, military artifacts, historical maps and more.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center • 715-685-9983
Located near Ashland, visitors can experience the region’s history and the interaction between human cultures and nature.  Visitor information is available.

Northland Indigenous Culture Center • 715-682-1344
The Native American & Indigenous Culture Center at Northland College is an extension and successor to Northland College’s long-standing Native American Studies Program.