STRAWBERRY POINT-- Wilder Memorial Museum in Strawberry Point is one of Northeast Iowa’s hidden treasure houses. The museum is a fun location for all ages-- a blast from the past with beautiful antiques, Victorian furniture, paintings, heirloom dolls, art glasses, Meissen and Dresden porcelains, and great information about famous local artists. There's also a music room. The museum was recently renovated in 2014.
Wilder Museum was originally built to house the collections of two sisters from Strawberry Point. In 1970, Blanche Baldridge and Gladys Keneally donated their huge heirloom doll collection to the Iowa Historical Society. The city erected the museum to house the doll collection and eight doll houses. As years went by, the museum transformed itself into something of a memorial, with several additional collections from other local families.
During 1980’s, Marcey Alderson’s collections were added to the gallery. Marcey, who was a local pianist, had an astonishing collection of Victorian furniture. His love for the classic artisan furniture was unparalleled in the area, and he spent his life collecting it.
The museum further expanded in 1990, with the help of the Knight and Munter families. A new wing was dedicated for textile, through funding provided by their families. The wing contains textile artifacts from 19th century, including quilts and spinning wheels.
The Wilder Museum is wheelchair accessible. There are four types of membership on offer for guests to choose from. For more information about the museum, please call 563-933-4615 or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Museum Hours: The museum is open during weekends only in May, September, and October. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum entertains visitors daily.
• Sunday until Thursday: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
• Friday & Saturday: 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wilder Memorial Museum,
123 West Mission Street,
Strawberry Point, IA – 52076.
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