Chudnow

Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Chudnow
  • 839 N. 11th Street
  • http://www.chudnowmuseum.org
  • Hours
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Last admittance to building: 3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Last admittance to building: 3:45 p.m.
  • Photography permitted: yes
  • Filming permitted: yes
  • Handicapped accessible: Fully handicapped accessible

The building was constructed in 1869 as a single family residence for Daniel Schultz. Updated in 1905, the building now sports a German Revival style. Avrum M. Chudnow purchased the building in 1966 for use as his law office and real estate/construction offices. Many of the original features of the 1905 renovation are still evident such as built in china cabinets, decorative fireplaces, and wood trim. This cream city brick building also still boasts its original maple floors and room layouts that are now used for display of the personal collection of Mr. Chudnow.

Visitors will take a self-guided tour through the two floors of rooms that have been turned into Milwaukee shops and locations from the 1920s to the early 1940s. Some of the rooms featured are a barbershop, grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, and even a hidden speakeasy. Many rooms have sound effects such as narration, radio ads, and period music. There is even a movie theater on the second floor that features several short clips of Milwaukee history and the life of Avrum M. Chudnow. There is also an elevator to allow access to second floor for those not able to do stairs.