Street Address
204 Main Street
Warrens, WI 54666
Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Warrens, WI 54666
phone: 608-378-4878
fax: 608-378-3328
e-mail: director@discovercranberries.com
web: www.discovercranberries.com
Admissions
BusinessHours; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Oct. 31. Seasonal hours rest of year. Admission; $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors (65 and up), $3 for students (K-12). Also, $10 family rate for 2 adults and all minor children.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Staff
Lorry Erickson, Director
phone: 608-378-4878

Description

What do you call a sad cranberry? A blue berry! OK, so my joke isn't very good. But we use it when telling elementary students about Wisconsin's cranberry growing heritage. Wisconsin is the No. 1 producer of cranberries, growing more than half of the U.S. cranberry crop. Visitors to our facility learn all about Wisconsin's state fruit, from the days when Native Americans gathered fruit in the wild to today's unique growing and harvesting methods.

Mission

The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery was founded in 1989 as Cranberry Expo. The museum's founders - the Ellen & Clinton Potter family - gifted the museum's contents to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association in 2001. In September 2004, the museum moved into downtown Warrens into a historic cranberry sorting warehouse built in 1900.

Artifacts Collections

The center's Exhibit Hall features a 150-year-old dugout canoe, a log cabin used by a local carpenter to make cranberry hand rakes, one of the first mechanical cranberry harvesting machines and more.

Research Collections

The center is in the process of organizing a collection of journals, books and other printed materials. We hope to have our library open by 2009.

Educational Programs

We offer guided tours for motor coach groups and school classes. For students, we also conduct several hands-on activities. Our regular admission rates apply.

    Governance

    501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a 15-member board of directors.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    We do a monthly e-newsletter (Cranberry Chatter) and a quarterly Friends of the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center newsletter (Cranberry Chronicle).

    • Cranberry Chatter
    • Cranberry Chronicle

    Services

    Special Event Rental

    Restaurant