Racine Heritage Museum

Racine Heritage Museum We invite you to join the over 30,000 annual visitors to Racine Heritage Museum, and take advantage of our unique exhibit environment, extensive research resources, and quality educational opportunities.

Come and visit us!!! Located at:
701 Main Street
Racine WI, 53403
(262)-636-3926
E-mail: [email protected]

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm
Closed on Mondays

Archive Hours:
Tuesday 1:00pm-4:30pm
Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

For more information on the museum visit our website.

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We would like to welcome the 2021 Class to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame. You can learn about these talented ath...
10/29/2021

We would like to welcome the 2021 Class to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame. You can learn about these talented athletes today in our Sports Hall exhibit.

We would like to welcome the 2021 Class to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame. You can learn about these talented athletes today in our Sports Hall exhibit.

Nothing says Halloween like a Real Egyptian Mummy.  Stop in this Halloween to learn about how this mummy was brought all...
10/27/2021

Nothing says Halloween like a Real Egyptian Mummy. Stop in this Halloween to learn about how this mummy was brought all the way to Racine.

Nothing says Halloween like a Real Egyptian Mummy. Stop in this Halloween to learn about how this mummy was brought all the way to Racine.

Pictured here is the Racine Bicycle club, ca 1887.   This picture was taken just before they departed on a bike ride to ...
10/25/2021

Pictured here is the Racine Bicycle club, ca 1887. This picture was taken just before they departed on a bike ride to Kenosha.

Pictured here is the Racine Bicycle club, ca 1887. This picture was taken just before they departed on a bike ride to Kenosha.

Candy Crawl starts this weekend. Stop by the museum for some candy.  Come early for the Mind Your Mummy program. Stay a ...
10/22/2021

Candy Crawl starts this weekend. Stop by the museum for some candy. Come early for the Mind Your Mummy program. Stay a while and complete a scavenger hunt for an extra prize! More information about candy crawl at https://racinedowntown.com/event/candy-crawl/2021-10-23/

Candy Crawl starts this weekend. Stop by the museum for some candy. Come early for the Mind Your Mummy program. Stay a while and complete a scavenger hunt for an extra prize! More information about candy crawl at https://racinedowntown.com/event/candy-crawl/2021-10-23/

Pictured here is the Horlick football club, city champs of 1919.  Most companies had their own sports clubs.  You can le...
10/20/2021

Pictured here is the Horlick football club, city champs of 1919. Most companies had their own sports clubs. You can learn more about them in our Sports Hall of Fame exhibit.

Pictured here is the Horlick football club, city champs of 1919. Most companies had their own sports clubs. You can learn more about them in our Sports Hall of Fame exhibit.

Interested in getting more  involved with Racine History? RHM is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas. V...
10/18/2021

Interested in getting more involved with Racine History? RHM is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas. Visit our website or email [email protected] for more information.

Interested in getting more involved with Racine History? RHM is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas. Visit our website or email [email protected] for more information.

Pictured here is Cal Ge**er, a man who lived for baseball.  He spent 25 years with the Racine Redbirds, a team he first ...
10/15/2021

Pictured here is Cal Ge**er, a man who lived for baseball. He spent 25 years with the Racine Redbirds, a team he first played on and then managed. Visit the museum to learn more about the Racine Redbirds and other baseball teams. #racinecountysportshalloffame #baseball

Pictured here is Cal Ge**er, a man who lived for baseball. He spent 25 years with the Racine Redbirds, a team he first played on and then managed. Visit the museum to learn more about the Racine Redbirds and other baseball teams. #racinecountysportshalloffame #baseball

As the roller-skating craze took hold in Racine in the 1880's, Jackson I. Case decided to form a roller polo team which ...
10/12/2021

As the roller-skating craze took hold in Racine in the 1880's, Jackson I. Case decided to form a roller polo team which played at Lakeside Auditorium. Several iterations of this team played for the next 15 years, and eventually the Horlick Corporation took over sponsorship of the team. The Horlick Roller Polo team was possibly the best roller polo team ever in Racine, capturing the national championship, defeating Hartford, CT two games out of three. The sport declined locally in 1919 when the Lakeside Auditorium burned to the ground and WW1 began, but enjoyed a revival in the 1920's and 30's at a converted factory building on Kewaunee Street known as Beachland Gardens and later Reggie's Rollerina. The sport was known to be somewhat violent and dangerous; described by one newspaper reporter as "a legal method of organized mayhem without being forced to face charges of assault with intent to kill." The only thing that was illegal in the game was purposely tripping another player or "creasing some player's skull with a stick in a dirty manner."

As the roller-skating craze took hold in Racine in the 1880's, Jackson I. Case decided to form a roller polo team which played at Lakeside Auditorium. Several iterations of this team played for the next 15 years, and eventually the Horlick Corporation took over sponsorship of the team. The Horlick Roller Polo team was possibly the best roller polo team ever in Racine, capturing the national championship, defeating Hartford, CT two games out of three. The sport declined locally in 1919 when the Lakeside Auditorium burned to the ground and WW1 began, but enjoyed a revival in the 1920's and 30's at a converted factory building on Kewaunee Street known as Beachland Gardens and later Reggie's Rollerina. The sport was known to be somewhat violent and dangerous; described by one newspaper reporter as "a legal method of organized mayhem without being forced to face charges of assault with intent to kill." The only thing that was illegal in the game was purposely tripping another player or "creasing some player's skull with a stick in a dirty manner."

Revisit past Sports Hall of Fame inductees on our youtube page in preparation for the 2021 Induction!
10/08/2021
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Revisit past Sports Hall of Fame inductees on our youtube page in preparation for the 2021 Induction!

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New gift shop item alert! Belles fans, stop by and learn about our very own Joyce Westerman.
10/07/2021

New gift shop item alert! Belles fans, stop by and learn about our very own Joyce Westerman.

New gift shop item alert! Belles fans, stop by and learn about our very own Joyce Westerman.

This month we are celebrating the 10th induction into our Sports Hall of Fame.  Before then, stop by the museum and chec...
10/01/2021

This month we are celebrating the 10th induction into our Sports Hall of Fame. Before then, stop by the museum and check out our Sports Hall of Fame exhibit featuring teams like the Racine Belles, pictured here in 1943. #Baseball #AAGPBL

This month we are celebrating the 10th induction into our Sports Hall of Fame. Before then, stop by the museum and check out our Sports Hall of Fame exhibit featuring teams like the Racine Belles, pictured here in 1943. #Baseball #AAGPBL

Don't forget about the local artists who sell here at RHM's gift shop. This piece was created by Thyla Arden, a local ar...
09/29/2021

Don't forget about the local artists who sell here at RHM's gift shop. This piece was created by Thyla Arden, a local artist who draws her inspiration from the places she's lived across the world.

Don't forget about the local artists who sell here at RHM's gift shop. This piece was created by Thyla Arden, a local artist who draws her inspiration from the places she's lived across the world.

Attention Teens and Parents! Fulfill those NHS volunteer hours here at Racine Heritage Museum!We're looking for voluntee...
09/28/2021

Attention Teens and Parents! Fulfill those NHS volunteer hours here at Racine Heritage Museum!
We're looking for volunteers to hand out candy to kids
during downtown Candy Crawl October 23rd and 30th
and volunteers to help out with our Mind your Mummy kids program October 23rd! For more information, visit racineheritagemuseum.org/support

Attention Teens and Parents! Fulfill those NHS volunteer hours here at Racine Heritage Museum!
We're looking for volunteers to hand out candy to kids
during downtown Candy Crawl October 23rd and 30th
and volunteers to help out with our Mind your Mummy kids program October 23rd! For more information, visit racineheritagemuseum.org/support

Don't forget to come by the Schoolhouse Open House! Located on 5 mile rd and hwy 31, entrance on 5 mile rd. Catch some s...
09/25/2021

Don't forget to come by the Schoolhouse Open House! Located on 5 mile rd and hwy 31, entrance on 5 mile rd. Catch some special sales, hammered dulcimer music, and learn about school in 1888 from our very own Mistress DeBerg!

Now Open: Drum and Bugle Capitol of the World! Stop by the museum and check out our new exhibit celebrating the history ...
09/24/2021

Now Open: Drum and Bugle Capitol of the World! Stop by the museum and check out our new exhibit celebrating the history of Racine's drum and bugle corps.

Now Open: Drum and Bugle Capitol of the World! Stop by the museum and check out our new exhibit celebrating the history of Racine's drum and bugle corps.

Shown here is a photo of the Kilties during competition.  Looks like they are performing in front of a packed house.  Dr...
09/20/2021

Shown here is a photo of the Kilties during competition. Looks like they are performing in front of a packed house. Drum and bugle competitions were hugely popular!

Shown here is a photo of the Kilties during competition. Looks like they are performing in front of a packed house. Drum and bugle competitions were hugely popular!

Pictured here is one of the uniforms that will be featured in our Drum and Bugle exhibit.  Can you name the corps?
09/17/2021

Pictured here is one of the uniforms that will be featured in our Drum and Bugle exhibit. Can you name the corps?

Pictured here is one of the uniforms that will be featured in our Drum and Bugle exhibit. Can you name the corps?

Announcing RHM's Annual Members' Meeting and the opening of the much-awaited Drum and Bugle exhibit! Members are welcome...
09/15/2021

Announcing RHM's Annual Members' Meeting and the opening of the much-awaited Drum and Bugle exhibit! Members are welcome to join us, to become a member, visit racineheritagemuseum.org/membership

Announcing RHM's Annual Members' Meeting and the opening of the much-awaited Drum and Bugle exhibit! Members are welcome to join us, to become a member, visit racineheritagemuseum.org/membership

09/14/2021
Racine County and the Underground Railroad · Racine Heritage Museum

September is International Underground Railroad Month where the stories of Freedom Seekers are shared in an effort to learn more about the Underground Railroad. Check out National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom to explore some of these amazing stories. And if you would like to learn about Racine's role in the Underground Railroad, visit our online exhibit at https://racineheritagemuseum.omeka.net/exhibits/show/underground-railroad
#UGRR #NPSNetworkToFreedom

Institute of Museum & Library ServicesThe SC Johnson Fund Inc.Racine Community FoundationArch W Shaw FoundationRacine County

The caps in this drum and bugle corps' uniform were lovingly named "chrome domes".  Can you name the corps?If you guesse...
09/13/2021

The caps in this drum and bugle corps' uniform were lovingly named "chrome domes". Can you name the corps?

If you guessed 'Boys of 76', you are correct!

The caps in this drum and bugle corps' uniform were lovingly named "chrome domes". Can you name the corps?

If you guessed 'Boys of 76', you are correct!

Come see the Nash and Case cars from the museum's collection for the last time this summer! RHM will be at the Norway To...
09/12/2021

Come see the Nash and Case cars from the museum's collection for the last time this summer! RHM will be at the Norway Town Picnic from 1:00-5:00 in Meyer park.

Come see the Nash and Case cars from the museum's collection for the last time this summer! RHM will be at the Norway Town Picnic from 1:00-5:00 in Meyer park.

Drum and Bugle Corps gained popularity during and after WWI.  Can you name this drum and bugle corps photographed in 191...
09/10/2021

Drum and Bugle Corps gained popularity during and after WWI. Can you name this drum and bugle corps photographed in 1917?

Drum and Bugle Corps gained popularity during and after WWI. Can you name this drum and bugle corps photographed in 1917?

Looking for a sunny weekend activity? Come visit RHM at the Norway Town Picnic on September 12 to learn a little about t...
09/09/2021

Looking for a sunny weekend activity? Come visit RHM at the Norway Town Picnic on September 12 to learn a little about the vehicles in the museum's collection!

Looking for a sunny weekend activity? Come visit RHM at the Norway Town Picnic on September 12 to learn a little about the vehicles in the museum's collection!

Don't forget to buy your tickets to RHM's final Heritage Walking Tours of the season! Saturday, 9/11 at 10:30 am and 1 p...
09/08/2021
Heritage Walking Tour Ticket | Racine Heritage Museum

Don't forget to buy your tickets to RHM's final Heritage Walking Tours of the season! Saturday, 9/11 at 10:30 am and 1 pm.

Heritage Walking Tour Tickets MUST be purchased no later than 4 pm on the Friday before the tour. Racine Heritage Museum's Heritage Walking Tour is a 1.1 mile, 1.5-2 hour walking tour in beautiful downtown Racine, the Lake Michigan llakefront, and several periods of Wisconsin's rich and storied abol...

The Ambassa Dears formed an all girls drum and bugle corps in 1963 and wore uniforms handmade by their moms.  Here they ...
09/06/2021

The Ambassa Dears formed an all girls drum and bugle corps in 1963 and wore uniforms handmade by their moms. Here they are photographed in front of one of a building in downtown Racine. Can you tell which one?

If you guessed the Racine County Courthouse, you'd be right!

The Ambassa Dears formed an all girls drum and bugle corps in 1963 and wore uniforms handmade by their moms. Here they are photographed in front of one of a building in downtown Racine. Can you tell which one?

If you guessed the Racine County Courthouse, you'd be right!

As we get closer to the opening of our new Drum and Bugle exhibit, we will be featuring some drum and bugle photos.  Can...
09/03/2021

As we get closer to the opening of our new Drum and Bugle exhibit, we will be featuring some drum and bugle photos. Can you name the band pictured here? Can you guess what year this photo was taken?

If you guessed Elks Youth Band, 1954, you are correct!

As we get closer to the opening of our new Drum and Bugle exhibit, we will be featuring some drum and bugle photos. Can you name the band pictured here? Can you guess what year this photo was taken?

If you guessed Elks Youth Band, 1954, you are correct!

Miss our cars at the county fair? There's still one more opportunity to see them before they go back into storage for th...
09/02/2021

Miss our cars at the county fair? There's still one more opportunity to see them before they go back into storage for the winter! Visit RHM at the Norway Town Picnic September 12th!

Miss our cars at the county fair? There's still one more opportunity to see them before they go back into storage for the winter! Visit RHM at the Norway Town Picnic September 12th!

Time is running out! We only have two more Saturdays in this season for Heritage Walking Tours. Order your tickets onlin...
09/01/2021

Time is running out! We only have two more Saturdays in this season for Heritage Walking Tours. Order your tickets online before it's too late! https://www.racineheritagemuseum.org/product/heritage-walking-tour-ticket/148?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=true&q=false&category_id=8

Time is running out! We only have two more Saturdays in this season for Heritage Walking Tours. Order your tickets online before it's too late! https://www.racineheritagemuseum.org/product/heritage-walking-tour-ticket/148?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=true&q=false&category_id=8

Due to the holiday weekend, RHM will be closed Sunday, September 5th. Happy Labor Day!
08/31/2021

Due to the holiday weekend, RHM will be closed Sunday, September 5th. Happy Labor Day!

Due to the holiday weekend, RHM will be closed Sunday, September 5th. Happy Labor Day!

Pictured here is the old 4th Street Bridge, built in 1878.  Unlike the draw bridges at State Street and Main Street, thi...
08/30/2021

Pictured here is the old 4th Street Bridge, built in 1878. Unlike the draw bridges at State Street and Main Street, this bridge would turn on it's center base to allow ships to pass by. Considered hazardous due to age, it was torn down in 1954.

Pictured here is the old 4th Street Bridge, built in 1878. Unlike the draw bridges at State Street and Main Street, this bridge would turn on it's center base to allow ships to pass by. Considered hazardous due to age, it was torn down in 1954.

Meet William Didier.  Didier lost his leg as a result of an accident while working as a machinist.  Unable to find work ...
08/23/2021

Meet William Didier. Didier lost his leg as a result of an accident while working as a machinist. Unable to find work due to his disability, he used his skills to fashion hinges that would allow his artificial leg to bend at the knee (these could also be used in a prosthetic arm). Since there were few business creating products for the disabled, he began manufacturing these joints in 1898. After much success, Didier retired in 1943.

Meet William Didier. Didier lost his leg as a result of an accident while working as a machinist. Unable to find work due to his disability, he used his skills to fashion hinges that would allow his artificial leg to bend at the knee (these could also be used in a prosthetic arm). Since there were few business creating products for the disabled, he began manufacturing these joints in 1898. After much success, Didier retired in 1943.

Check out this team from last year's Amazing Race-Scene! (We're big fans down here at RHM of the rhyme anytime). These d...
08/20/2021

Check out this team from last year's Amazing Race-Scene! (We're big fans down here at RHM of the rhyme anytime). These distinguished citizens used their local knowledge in a race against the clock to compete to win a prize basket sponsored by RHM and Racine Brewing Company. Sign up on our page- trivia buffs encouraged!

Check out this team from last year's Amazing Race-Scene! (We're big fans down here at RHM of the rhyme anytime). These distinguished citizens used their local knowledge in a race against the clock to compete to win a prize basket sponsored by RHM and Racine Brewing Company. Sign up on our page- trivia buffs encouraged!

The summer is coming to a fast end and there are only three Heritage Walking Tour dates left this season! Get your ticke...
08/20/2021
Heritage Walking Tour Ticket | Racine Heritage Museum

The summer is coming to a fast end and there are only three Heritage Walking Tour dates left this season! Get your tickets on our website today.

Racine Heritage Museum's Heritage Walking Tour is a 1.1 mile, 1.5-2 hour walking tour in beautiful downtown Racine, the Lake Michigan llakefront, and several periods of Wisconsin's rich and storied abolitionist, industrial, architectural, and immigrant history. The passionate volunteer tour guides a...

Come out on Saturday and picture Main Street as it was in times before on our Heritage Walking Tour! Just $15 takes you ...
08/19/2021

Come out on Saturday and picture Main Street as it was in times before on our Heritage Walking Tour! Just $15 takes you around with knowledgeable and charismatic local guides who live and breathe by what makes Racine great. For 1.1 miles and 1.5-2 hours, remember the great locations and people that have built our beautiful downtown! Please call to reserve your tickets in advance.

Come out on Saturday and picture Main Street as it was in times before on our Heritage Walking Tour! Just $15 takes you around with knowledgeable and charismatic local guides who live and breathe by what makes Racine great. For 1.1 miles and 1.5-2 hours, remember the great locations and people that have built our beautiful downtown! Please call to reserve your tickets in advance.

Photos from Racine Brewing Company's post
08/19/2021

Photos from Racine Brewing Company's post

Address

701 Main St
Racine, WI
53403

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(262) 636-3926

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Racine Heritage Museum is home to over 200,000 artifacts and an extensive archival collection documenting our area's economic and cultural history. Our exhibit and educational program reflect our commitment to object-centered learning, and to exploring our area's historic and emergent technologies in their local cultural and worldwide contexts.

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The Racine County Historical Society originally operated out of the Racine County Courthouse in the History Room. But by 1957, they were in need of a bigger home and the old Carnegie Library, located at 701 Main Street, was in need of a use. In 1960 the Racine County Historical Museum, Inc. organized and renovated the building for use as a new museum.

In May of 1962, the Racine County Museum opened to the public. The Historical Society and the Historical Museum were both operating out of the site, but were providing separate services. In 1982, they merged, to form the Racine County Historical Society and Museum, Inc., known today simply as the Racine Heritage Museum.

Since then, we have been dedicated to preserving the material culture and telling the special stories of the people of Racine County - their achievements, diversity, inventive genius, productivity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit.

Racine Heritage Museum is home to over 200,000 3-D artifacts and over 6,500 linear feet of documentary materials - it could actually stretch from the Museum to North Beach! We use this extensive collection to share those special stories of the history of Racine in our exhibits, such as “Waterways” which tells the story of Racine as a bustling commercial port and “Factory for the World” which showcase a few of the countless innovative products produced in our own backyard. Personal connections are also found in the collection in our Archive & Research Center! You can find out information about your home, family, businesses, or just cool photographs to hang in your living room by stopping in and spending an afternoon with us. We are also able to use our collection to take Racine County’s history out of the Museum in our Outreach programming in schools, senior centers, community organizations, and tour groups throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Programs currently feature the Racine Belles, the Underground Railroad, and new programs are added all the time!

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I would love to see some pictures of Racine’s famous Mitchell Wagon Company and the Mitchell Lewis Motor Company.
Are there any photos available of the old Washington bowl ice rink in its heyday?
Does the Racine historical society know offer the ability to apply for a historical home marker for houses in the historical districts? Are those even available?
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