Generations Gallery

Generations Gallery
For over a century this museum has collected and preserved history.  From fossils to footballs, explore our vast collection through a variety of themes and the stories of the people of Northeast Wisconsin in the

Generations Gallery


Galería Generations Generaciones (Espanol)
Chav Saib Khoom Puav Pheej Los Ntawm Ntau Tiam (Hmong)
Matxafka  Qarniga Hage (Somali)

Ice Age

Make your way through an ice tunnel, similar to one that would have stood at the same spot 13,000 years ago.  As the glaciers retreated, the first people arrived in Wisconsin, between 10,000 and 6500 BCE.  Explore what life was like for these people including what a mastodon hunt looked like. 


Archaeology is more than digging for artifacts. Archaeology combines research with fieldwork and artifacts to create a snapshot of how people lived in the past based on what they left behind.  Dig like an archaeologist and discover the artifacts they’d find in Wisconsin.

The People of Northeast Wisconsin

People have lived in Northeast Wisconsin for thousands of years. Some, like the Menominee, have been here much longer, while others, like the Hmong, have immigrated here more recently. People from different backgrounds come together to make our community what it is today.  Discover here how people, past and present, express their culture through celebrations.  

Welcome Home

A home is more than four walls and a roof.  It can contain family, traditions, and belongings, all of which shape the way you live your life.  Discover what one important part of the home—the kitchen—looked like in the 1930s and 1950s. 

Exposed Collections

Explore among rows of drawers and shelves, the treasures from the Neville’s diverse and cherished collection. Here you will find more than 1,000 artifacts, representing a small fraction of what the museum cares for.



Three hundred years ago the fur trade was Northeast Wisconsin’s number one industry. Today, papermaking and cheese processing support the local economy. Explore artifacts from Green Bay’s top industries. 



Most of the world went to war in 1914, but the United States watched from afar for almost three years. It was not until German submarines sank three American ships in March 1917 that the United States entered the war. On April 6, the U.S. joined the Allied Forces and declared war on Germany. Explore different aspects of the war and the effect it had on people at the time.


Portraits are one example of artistic expression that dates back centuries. The art of portraiture shows the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the sitter.  It can show the sitter’s occupation, hobby, or social status by including details like clothing, hairstyles, or jewelry. 
This sampling of portraits includes paintings, drawings, prints, and portrait busts.

Three Centuries of History

From the monstrance gifted to a Jesuit mission by explorer Nicolas Perrot in 1686 to Donald Driver’s football jersey, explore artifacts that tell the story of the changing landscape of Northeast Wisconsin.
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