Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum

Historical Museum Photo

About the Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum

This 1924 red brick building, located at 115 E. Main Street in downtown Sun Prairie, serves the community as headquarters for the Historical Library and Museum. The building was designed by Alvin E. Small who was born in Sun Prairie in 1869. He attended school in Sun Prairie and became a well-known architect in Madison, responsible for designing many prairie-style homes and several well-known Madison buildings. Alvin E. Small died in 1932. 

Originally designed as a Public Library, established in 1927, this building was constructed on the land occupied by the Bird homestead, which was destroyed by fire. Past uses of this historic building include City Offices, the original site of the Colonial Club Senior Center, Village Council Chambers, and for a short time served as a World War II Red Cross Center where volunteers rolled bandages and donated blood.

In the summer of 2018 the Museum’s windows were blown out and walls were cracked from the gas explosion one block away. All items in the Museum’s collection needed to be removed and stored off-site so some major renovations could take place. Over the next year and a half new UV windows were installed, wall-to-wall carpet was removed and the original library wood floors were restored, a new wheelchair lift and ADA restroom were installed and the walls were re-plastered. 

Admittance

The museum will open this year on March 4, 2020. Admittance to the Museum is free and there is no charge for most Museum sponsored activities. Donations are accepted and always greatly appreciated.

NOTE: All Sun Prairie Parks & Recreation programs and services have been suspended until April 3rd, in-line with Governor Evers mandate that all K-12 schools be closed for the next three weeks. To keep the COVID-19 virus from spreading, these closings will include public access to our Museum.

Tours of the Museum

Museum tours for families and groups can be arranged at additional times other than stated in the open hours for a small fee. Please contact us at 608-825-0837 or send us an email.

Exhibits

Museum exhibits continue to change. Add the Sun Prairie Museum to your family activities when you are in downtown Sun Prairie.