West Bend is home to a number of outstanding museums and fantastic outdoor sculptures. Most of these attractions are located in or within walking distance of downtown West Bend. Discover interesting stories of Wisconsin’s past. See innovative artwork by internationally known artists. Learn about two West Bend companies that shaped American consumerism. You’ll find it all in West Bend!
Museum of Wisconsin Art
The Museum of Wisconsin Art stands as one of the state’s most important centers for the visual arts. It houses an extensive collection of late 19th century and early 20th century paintings and drawings. The museum holds a number of exhibitions annually and features the largest collection of Wisconsin art ever assembled. Learn more about the Museum of Wisconsin Art.
Old Courthouse Museum
Explore one of the Midwest’s finest local history museums. The Old Courthouse Museum is home to the Washington County Historical Society. The building dates to 1889 and is an important example of Romanesque revival architecture. The museum’s exhibits cover the history of the West Bend area from the Ice Age to modern times. Learn more about this interesting museum.
Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail
Get a glimpse into the life of a sheriff in the 1800s. The Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail is one of the last sheriff’s residences remaining in America. Tours of the jailhouse begin at the Old Courthouse Museum. Learn more about the Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail.
West Bend Sculpture Walk
Located along West Bend’s Riverwalk and throughout West Bend, you’ll find more than 20 outdoor sculptures. Artists include local, regional, national and international artists working in a variety of materials. Learn more about the West Bend Sculpture Walk.
Labyrinth Garden Earth Sculpture
In beautiful Regner Park, you’ll find the Labyrinth Garden Earth Sculpture. The labyrinth is 90 feet in diameter and contains seven circuits. The winding pathways are lined with a variety of plants to create an experience that delights the senses. Learn more about the labyrinth.
Shalom Wildlife Zoo
Take a short ten-minute drive from downtown West Bend and visit the Shalom Wildlife Zoo. Wisconsin’s wildest zoo features deer, elk, bison, wolves and more. Explore three miles of trails, or visit the farm petting zoo or the Indian artifact museum. Learn more about the Shalom Wildlife Zoo.