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Washburn Cultural Center

We're a community center dedicated to fostering, presenting and preserving the cultural, artistic and historical life of Washburn and the surrounding Chequamegon Bay Region.

Our building has a wheelchair-accessible rear entrance and an elevator.



1 E Bayfield Street
PO Box 725
Washburn WI 54891


Steve Cotherman, Director


Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 - 4:00

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The Old Bank Building

Washburn’s unique story is preserved and housed in a magnificent brownstone structure known as “The Old Bank Building.”

Built in 1890 by A. C. Probert, it is listed on both State and National Registers of Historic Places. Restoration of our facility was started in late 1991, and a grand opening celebration in the summer of 1993 marked our “official” beginning. 2007 marked another milestone when we replaced the original 117 year old roof with a new one that is historically and architecturally appropriate.

The Washburn Cultural Center

The Washburn Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation of this unique building while serving as a community gathering place and focal point. The Center is a place for cultural enrichment and an educational resource for the Washburn and Chequamegon Bay region.

Membership and volunteer opportunities are open to all who desire to participate in the preservation of our historic brownstone building and the rich heritage of the area.

The Washburn Cultural Center building houses an Antiques & Gift Shop, Art Galleries, and the Washburn Area Historical Museum. We encourage the use of our building for Meetings, Receptions, Classes, Workshops, Exhibits and other Events. The Washburn Cultural Center is a member of the Washburn Legacy Consortium.

We Love to Showcase Our Wonderful Chequamegon Bay Artists!


The Art Galleries feature exhibits by local and regional artists.
Check our Events Schedule to see what’s showing in the Art Galleries.


In the summer of 2008 we opened our Antiques and Gift Shop
which features fine art, crafts, collectibles and unique gifts.


Our inventory is varied, eclectic and fun, with something for every taste.
We continue to add more quality merchandise weekly — come and browse!


The Washburn Cultural Center encourages the use of our building for Meetings, Receptions, Classes, Workshops, Exhibits and other Events.

The Historical Society Museum is Located on Our Second Floor.


The collection includes dioramas, photographs, and artifacts which depict the people and industries that shaped Washburn.  The museum is open seasonally and its hours may differ from the Cultural Center's; call 715-373-5591 for hours and information.


The Washburn Legacy Consortium is comprised of six local organizations.


Each organization was formed for specific purposes, with the history and cultural heritage of Washburn at the heart of their missions. The consortium has identified three goals: to build communications among our organizations and with the public, to address challenges to our organizations' sustainability and vigor, and to relate our past to our identity as a community.