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Other Local Attractions 

 

 

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center presents a contemporary American art with an emphasis on craft-related forms, folk traditions, new genres and the work of self-taught artists. One gallery presents works from the Arts/Industry Program, which brings artists to work in studios within the Kohler Co. factory. Another gallery features interactive mediums for children. There are eleven galleries in all to explore.

 

JMKAC is a not-for-profit organization established in 1967 for aesthetic and educational purposes. Its mission is to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world.

 

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am–5pm
Thursday: 10am–8pm
Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am–4pm

    

Admission is free.

 

Gift shops and a café are available.

 

Art Preserve: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The Art Preserve is an experimental space designed to house the Arts Center’s collection of over thirty-five artist-built environments. More than a building, it is a platform for ongoing explorations and investigations into these environments, their makers, and the Arts Center’s role as their institutional steward. It embodies the Arts Center’s conviction that significant, original, and compelling works of art are created everywhere, by people from a broad spectrum of life experiences.

 

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am–5pm
Thursday: 10am–8pm
Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am–4pm

 

Admission is free.

 

Waelderhaus

Located in Kohler, Wisconsin, Waelderhaus, or "a house in the woods," is a tribute to the architecture peculiar to this Alpine area, and stands as a museum of minute detail in the perfect marriage of artistry and superb craftsmanship. The interior is replete with rich carvings, wrought-iron craftsmanship and stained glass. Austrian furniture and tapestries also grace the hall.

 

Kaspar Albrecht, a talented sculptor and architect from Munich, spent two years designing and directing the building of The Waelderhaus. He also created the carvings, woodcuts, reliefs, and iron and pewter work that enhance the building, and personally designed and supervised all phases of decor, from maps and tapestries to curtains and rods.

 

Hours:

Open Daily (except holidays)

Guided tours: 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm 

 

Tours are free of charge and reservations are required.

 

Wade House Historic Site & Wesley Jung Carriage Museum

The everyday world of a small 1860s Wisconsin community comes to life at the renowned Wade House Historic Site, a scenic 17-mile drive from the Village of Kohler. Authentically costumed guides lead tours at the Stagecoach Inn, forge iron at the Dockstader Blacksmith Shop, and demonstrate the sawyered craft at the Herrling Sawmill, the nation's only working reproduction of a muley-type up-and-down sawmill. Visitors enjoy a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride from the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, featuring the state’s largest collection of horse-drawn wagons and carriages.

  • Open May 15–October 14
  • Monday–Saturday: 10am–4pm
  • Sunday: 11am–4pm
  • Daily admission

Located just off Highway 23 in Greenbush, adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Park. 920-526-3271.

 

Kohler-Andrae State Park

The fascinating rolling sand dunes and unique wildlife make Kohler-Andrae State Park a must for outdoor-minded visitors. Located just 11 miles south of the city of Sheboygan on the shores of Lake Michigan, the park features all-purpose trails that range from 1.3 to 4.3 miles in length.