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In fall, there's so much to do in Door County. Apple picking, festivals galore, hiking and biking and more. This weekend I'll be at Sturgeon Bay's Harvest Fest, strolling Third Avenue, eating corn on the cob, and bidding at the Swim With the Sturgeons Live Auction. But what to do on a rainy, or chilly or blustery fall day? My ace in the hole: the Door County Historical Museum. I love taking my girls to this museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay which features all kinds of Door County history from a faux cherry fruit stand, to a miniature "Old World Sturgeon Bay" complete with storefronts. It's open daily through October 31, and it's FREE! On entering the museum, the first exhibit that greets you is a spectacular diorama that is home to over 100 species. A great look and find for children! Of course, the most popular attraction at the museum is the real jail cell which once functioned in Sturgeon Bay. Kids and grownups alike can't resist entering to see what it's like on the "inside." My girls love peering in the storefronts at the dress shop, the drugstore, and the creepy doctor's office, complete with archaic surgical tools and a wooden prosthetic leg. An entire section devoted to Chief Roy Oshkosh features and incredible hide painting said to be created by Sacajawea herself. And of course the museum pays tribute to all things Door County, including fish boils, cherry orchards and yes, ice fishing. No trip to the museum is complete without climbing onto the antique fire engine. So next time a little drizzle threatens your plans, don't fret. Head to the museum and discover Door County's rich history. And send the kids on a scavenger hunt to find strange artifacts such as they've never seen before. Like one of these: Let me know how you like the Door County Historical Museum, and don't forget to visit the Miller Art Museum and Door County Maritime Museum, too!
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