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La Crosse Area Archaeology Displays

Riverside Museum

Visit La Crosse’s Riverside Museum to see exhibits pertaining to the city’s long history, from the area’s first inhabitants over 10,000 years ago to life during the steamboat era.   

Date: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Time: 10 am–5 pm
Location: Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI
Fee: Fee


Archaeology Center and Laboratories

Visit the laboratory facility to see exhibits of many important finds from recent excavations and paintings depicting the lifestyle of this area’s previous inhabitants.  The building may be closed on some days when all staff members are in the field.  If open, usual building hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..  Please check in advance to ensure that the building will be open by calling 608‑785‑8463.  Special group tours can be arranged by contacting MVAC at 608-785-8454 or by e-mailing Jean.

The Archaeology Center and Laboratories is located on East Ave. across from the Municipal Swimming Pool and behind UW-L Cartwright Center.  Campus maps can be found at:

When visiting the Archaeology Center and Laboratories stop to see additional displays outside 310 Wimberly Hall and in the Murphy Library Lobby. UW-L Campus Map

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*MVAC Educational Programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
*This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.