When is the Last Time You Have Been to the Chippewa Valley Museum? You Should Really Come and Take a Look Inside.

August 18, 2013 Travis Dewitz

Really, when was the last time you have been to the Chippewa Valley Museum? For me, it was an elementary school field trip probably back in 2nd or 3rd grade. I remember the ice cream. Coming back for the first time since, to view my photos hanging in the Wisconsin Deer Hunting Exhibit, I couldn’t believe what I had been missing. The museum is put together very well with incredible attention to details and extraordinary designed exhibits. The displays invite you in for a closer look with many 3D cutouts and floating artifacts and photos to keep you interested. They also have many complete room displays that make you feel like you are stepping back into time when you enter them. The museum also has a real vintage car and tractor inside that are part of various exhibits. Some of the displays are permanent while others are rotated or completely changed. The wildlife display above is one that will be removed in the coming months so make sure to stop in and see it before it is gone. When you’re all done learning about Native Americans, Logging Industry, Farming, and the way life once was in the Chippewa Valley, make sure you stop in to the 1950’s inspired ice cream shop for a cone.

The Chippewa Valley Museum is located within Carson Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin right next to the Paul Bunyan logging camp. They are open all year-long including weekends.

For more information visit the Chippewa Valley Museum’s Website here.


Chippewa Valley Museum
PO Box 1204
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone – (715) 834-7871

travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn more about him here.

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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.

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  1. Cindy Dewitz

    GREAT PHOTOS OF cHIPPEWA vALLEY Museum. I need to go there before winter. Thanks for sharing.

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