Washburn Cultural Center

The Washburn Cultural Center is a community gathering place dedicated to fostering, presenting and preserving the cultural, artistic and historical life of Washburn and the surrounding Chequamegon Bay area. Membership is open to all who desire to participate in the preservation of our historic brownstone building and the rich heritage of the area.  We are a community resource and encourage the use of our building for meetings, receptions, workshops and exhibits.

Restoration of our facility was started in late 1991 and a grand opening celebration in the summer of 1993 marked our “official” beginning. Our 1890 brownstone bank building is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places.  2007 marked another milestone when we replaced the original 117 year old roof with a new one that is historically and architecturally appropriate.


Art Galleries

The Art Galleries feature monthly exhibits by local and regional artists.

Check our Events page to see what’s showing in the Art Galleries.


Antiques & Gift Shop

In the summer of 2008 we opened our Antiques and Gift Shop to showcase fine art, crafts, collectibles and unique gifts.

Here’s a small sample of what we have to offer in the Antiques & Gift Shop:

  • Fine antiques and collectibles from numerous area collectors – with a special section exclusively for “man cave” decorators!
  • Soy candles by Madeline Island Candle Company
  • Jewelry by Sarah Weber, Robin Shilman, Jensa Banes, Birgit Wolff, Teresa Wyman, Deanna Vinson, Lisa Spencer, Amanda Szot, Jane Weber
  • Fabric wall hangings by  Donna Nemec, Jane Van Evera
  • Weavings by Kathleen Waskin  and Lucy Jackson
  • Crocheted “rag rugs” dishcloths and potholders by Sarah Agostine
  • Silk screen scarves by Birgit Wolff
  • Local art cards by France Austin Miller, Christopher Berry, Marlene Jensch, Birgit Wolff, Joe Groshek, Stephanie Wright, Donna Lanni, Joan Porter Einsman, Fisherman’s Daughters
  • Local books by Susan Amundson, Rita Sharp, Linda Webster, Diane Brander, Laurie Otis, Sally Bair, Patricia Hawkenson, and the Washburn Heritage Preservation Association
  • Washburn High School Graduate & Classmate Directory, 1889 to 2009
  • Fabric purses, coffee spoons, button bracelets, and beaded bookmarks by Teresa Van Gelder
  • Laser art by Lake Superior Laser
  • “Gatherer” dolls by Teresa Wyman
  • Scented soaps by Chris Bardon
  • Handcrafted furniture by Dennis Isely
  • Oil paintings by Kathy Johnson and Cary Fisk
  • Ornaments and beach glass art by Harriett Elliott
  • Photography by Superior Images, Wayne Rundell, Pete Dykstra
  • Prints by France Austin Miller

And so much more!

Our inventory is varied, eclectic and fun, with something for every taste. We continue to add more quality merchandise weekly – come and browse!


The Washburn Area Historical Society Museum

The Historical Society Museum is located on our second floor and is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm June through September; open Friday and Saturday, February and March from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; open Thursday-Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., April and May.


Learn About The Washburn Legacy Consortium

The Washburn Legacy Consortium is comprised of six local organizations, each formed for specific purposes, with the history and cultural heritage of Washburn at the heart of their missions. They are the Washburn Cultural Center (WCC), the Washburn Area Historical Society (WAHS), the Washburn Historic Preservation Commission (WHPC), the Washburn Heritage Association (WHA), the Historic Civic Center Foundation (HCCF), and the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council (CBAC). To learn more about the Washburn Legacy Consortium click the following link to view their December 2016 newsletter: Washburn Legacy Consortium December 2016 Newsletter


The Washburn Cultural Center is now open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, through May.