Wisconsin Innovations.
Wisconsin ideas and ingenuity are on display

Wisconsin is home to some of the most remarkable inventions in America. Some you may know, while others have surprising stories behind innovations you might not expect.

Did you know the typewriter was invented in Wisconsin? Foods fortified with Vitamin D? Did you know that the first modern surfboard design has Wisconsin roots as well as the United States Weather Bureau?

Visit the Wisconsin Historical Museum to discover the people behind this Wisconsin ingenuity in the exhibit "Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected." All the inventions and innovations in it continue to influence our lives today.

The "Wisconsin Innovations" exhibit is divided into five categories: Big Ideas, Business and Industry, Local Flavor, Pop Culture, and Sports and Leisure. Each contains a unique collection of objects and stories with video animations and large-scale murals to provide context and meaning.


The Wisconsin Historical Museum gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors that made Wisconsin Innovations possible:

Lead Sponsor
Madison Community Foundation.
Learn more about the Madison Community Foundation (PDF, 350 KB)
  • Promega Corporation
  • Ann L. Koski
Additional Support Provided By:
  • Heaney Family Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
  • Audrey and William Liimatainen
  • Madison Gas and Electric Foundation
  • U.S. Bank
Plan your visit

For complete details on admission, hours, a map, distances from various cities, and other information, see the Museum's visitor information pages.

Events and Activities

Don't miss special events related to this exhibit! View our events calendar.

Photo Gallery

View a sampling of the objects in this exhibit in the Wisconsin Innovations photo gallery.

For the Media
  • Wisconsin Innovations News Release (PDF, 198 KB)
    September 6, 2011
  • About Wisconsin Innovations (PDF, 308 KB)
    Learn more about Wisconsin Innovations, the latest exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Museum
  • Press Images
    Photos and logos for members of the news media only. Any unauthorized use is prohibited.
Featured Objects
  • Schlitz 'Sunshine Vitamin D'
    Beer Can
    Read about Harry Steenbock's vitamin D research breakthrough.