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Dells Fish and Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.

Dells Fish and Wildlife Museum and Aquarium

Field review by the editors.

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This place is a taste of what tourist attractions used to be like before they got slick.

Walleye statue.

Glassed-in display dioramas of stuffed Wisconsin birds, fish, and furry mammals line the walls, with a polar bear rug stapled to the wall up near the ceiling. Hand-written signs suggest "you are welcome to pet the wolf" (a stuffed wolf) and "please don't put your hands in the sturgeon tank," a murky indoor pool that you'd be nuts to get near.

An indoor deck overhangs a less-terrifying trout pool, and for some reason there's a remote control "actual research submarine" from California on display.

Our favorite exhibits were a wall-mounted display of insects flattened beneath plastic, titled "Bugs;" a "Beaver Boulevard" diorama with stuffed toy beavers (the real beavers fell apart); and "Camper's Dilemma," which features a frightening outdoorsman peeking from his tent while skunks and a bear eat from his campfire skillet.

Dells Fish and Wildlife Museum and Aquarium

600 Trout Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI
I-90 exit 87, then first right at the stoplight (Denny's) onto Trout Rd. Drive south a quarter-mile. On the left, just past the red barn.
Summer daily 10-7. Off-season 10-4. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $8. Cash only.
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