Monroe County Local History Room & Museum


History Room closed Jan. 16-22. Reopens Jan. 23.
The Monroe County Local History Room & Museum will be closed to the public from January 16 through January 22, 2024 for exhibit changing and seasonal maintenance...
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Saturday, January 13th is the last day to view the spectacular holiday village display, “North Pole Magic In Miniature,” at the Monroe County Local History Room & Museum in Sparta...
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Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

Exhibitions & Collections

The Monroe County Museum offers history exhibits and special programs. Permanent exhibits and regularly changing displays illustrate past lives and experiences of Monroe County people, pioneer history, agriculture, military history, industry, business, and the home.


"Collectors Corner":
Do you collect anything? The Monroe County Museum provides a special space for Monroe County residents to display their collections. Examples of past temporary displays have included Carnival Glass, Antique Clocks, Boy Scout memorabilia, vintage Gasoline Alley merchandise, and Harley Davidson memorabilia. If you live in Monroe County and collect something of historical or cultural interest, please contact the Local History Room to discuss temporarily display your collection for others to enjoy.

It is MCLHR's purpose to tell the story of Monroe County and its people, as experienced yesterday and today. MCLHR is dedicated to documenting Monroe County life in all periods through collecting artifacts, documents, photographs, and genealogical resources.

Have you ever thought that grandmother's quilt belongs in a museum? Maybe it does. Have you ever wished that more people might enjoy the treasured heirloom handed down to you? Do you want piece of mind knowing that someone will care for and enjoy your ancestor's Civil War uniform for generations to come? History was not meant to be buried in a basement or hidden in an attic. The past should be shared, not hoarded away.

The historical treasures housed at the Monroe County Local History Room were gifts donated by people like you.

To make an offer of Donation:
If you have a Monroe County item you think might be appropriate for our collections, please contact the County Historian at 608-269-8680 or Email

If you prefer to write please address you letter to:

County Historian
Local History Room
200 West Main St.
Sparta, WI 54656

The Monroe County Historian and Local History Room Board of Trustees must evaluate all items offered to the Local History Room before formally accepting them for our collection. The evaluation process can take up to two months to complete. The more information you are able to provide us on the history of the item, the faster we will be able to complete the evaluation process. Once we decide to add your item to our collection, we will send you a gift agreement to sign and return. This transfers ownership of the item to the Local History Room.