The museum was constructed in 1869 as a single family residence, updated in 1905 in a German Revival style, and purchased by Avrum M. Chudnow in 1966 for use as his law, real estate, and construction offices. Many original features of the 1905 renovation remain. Take a self-guided tour of rooms that have been turned into Milwaukee shops and locations from the 1920s to the early 1940s.
Visitors will see a barbershop, grocery store, ice cream parlor, hardware store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, toy store window, women’s dress store, and even a hidden room–a speakeasy. Our movie theater features short clips of Milwaukee history, Mr. Chudnow’s life, and even a vintage cartoon.