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Northwoods Petroleum Museum

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Address: Highway 45 & 32, Three Lakes, WI 54562
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+1 715-617-0566

Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.)...

Over 3,000 items on display (including pumps, signs, globes, cars, etc.) from over 100 years of petroleum history. The museum is amazing and impeccably organized! The owner, Jake, is very knowledgable, having owned several gas stations for 30+ years.

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Nostalgia Buffs Unite!

If you love old cars, trucks and yes the fuel and oil that goes in them. You will love this place! The curater owned and operated a gas station and now has dedicated his... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you love old cars, trucks and yes the fuel and oil that goes in them. You will love this place! The curater owned and operated a gas station and now has dedicated his retirement to the history of the industry. The sprawling musium is filled with fuel pumps and delivery equipment from the earliest days of selling gas. There... More 

Thank stltra
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99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

been driving by this place for years and stopped one summers day. this place is well worth a stop and the hour it may take you to see what is inside. After a career in the Transportation Industry, I found this fascinating. All of the old signs and brands of days gone by, reminded me of my childhood and my... More 

Thank Peter L
Springfield, Missouri
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is probably the most surprising, WOW, museum we have ever visited. If you are nostalgic about anything on wheels, the petroleum industry, old gas station signs, pumps, all things gas and oil, this is your kind of place. A great trip down memory lane!! The owner of the museum is very helpful and loves his collection and talking about... More 

Thank SteveandBeverly
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Went here during open hours but the lights were out and no one was there. Looking through the front window it looked interesting and worth a visit. It would be nice if businesses would follow hours of operation. Maybe next year, maybe not!

Thank Wirunaways
Pecatonica, Illinois
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127 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

I passed this place just north of Three Lakes Wi. for years. Kinda blew it off, it looks like nothing much. Then when I finally road my bicycle by it and drove by it, I got curious. After a couple years of always missing the owner, I got my kids to go in. Remarkable place! The owner collected gas station... More 

Thank biknrun
Marco Island, Florida, United States
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79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Besides the Lakes, the Petroleum Museum is a "have to see" attraction. The owner collects gas station memorabilia and car related items. He shares some of his collection at the museum and gives great tours. During the summer, he hosts a car and bike show. All is free but highly recommend you donate on the way out. It is well... More 

Thank David R
Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

All kinds of gas station memorabilia including pumps, signs, clothing, toys, oil cans, racing things, and candy machine. There are also a lot of the loyalty reward things you could "earn".... remember the glasses and dishes and toys??

Thank 86pointer
Three Lakes, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

A wonderful place to see many, many of the items from gas stations of years ago. Gas and oil pumps, gas station give away items, toys...too many things to list them all!! FREE - although there is a donation container. We go a few times a year as Ed is always changing things up. He knows so much about the... More 

Thank lkutchera
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2015

I haven't seen an Amphicar in years! Many of the pumps, toys, models, etc. I grew up with. Easy access from Hwy. 45 and from the bike trail (a must!) between Three Lakes and Eagle River.

Thank Jeff E
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 July 2015

Nice little museum with enough to keep people entertained for a while. Includes full-sized cars, gas globes, photos, and plenty more. The owner is incredibly knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. Fun for the entire family; unless you're dull and you think is history is boring.

Thank Brianna S

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