Every Veteran Is a Story

For over one hundred years, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has connected the past to the present by sharing the stories of Wisconsin’s military veterans. Located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin, this award-winning museum and research center chronicles the history-shaping exploits of Wisconsin’s veterans from the Civil War to present day.

Supported by rare artifacts, full-scale dioramas, and electronic interactive elements, Wisconsin’s military history unfolds in two galleries of more than ten-thousand square feet. The 19th century gallery showcases Wisconsin’s role in the Civil War and Spanish-American War and features a full-scale diorama depicting the battle of Antietam – the single bloodiest day in American History.

Examples of full-scale aircraft highlight the exhibits in the 20th century gallery, and include an assault helicopter that flew harrowing combat missions during the Vietnam War. Visitors may also view an exhibit featuring some of Wisconsin’s Medal of Honor recipients, recent events in the War on Terror, and the State’s Capitol through a real Cold War submarine periscope. A changing exhibits gallery ensures that there is always something new at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum!

Rodney Williams: Wisconsin’s Only WWI Flying Ace
Rodney Williams: Wisconsin’s Only WWI Flying Ace
Lt. Williams of Waukesha, Wisconsin took to his piloting seriously and courageously. While on a bombing run with two other pilots, they encountered 12 enemy aircraft and knew they had to get out of there. Before leaving enemy territory, Williams attempted a drop on a machine gun nest. The plane and pilot came away riddled with German bullets, but was able to land safely. Williams’ piloting career resulted in him receiving Ace status, meaning he achieved five aerial victories.
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  • May 3, 2017 - July 1, 2020