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For such a small Wisconsin hamlet, the Kohler area has a number of notable museums and institutions, thanks in no small part to the Kohler family's generous sponsorship.
1. On The American Club's grounds is the three-story Kohler Design Center, known affectionately as the "Toilet Museum," which showcases innovative kitchen, bath and room designs from throughout the company's history. Admission is free.
2. The John Michael Kohler Art Center in nearby Sheboygan presents rotating exhibitions of contemporary paintings, installations and sculpture, but the biggest draws — not surprisingly for a Kohler endeavor — are the bathrooms.
3. Brush up on Wisconsin history at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. Housed in a stately mansion built for Judge David Taylor in 1850, the museum features rotating exhibitions that could cover anything from circus history to Native American history.
4. Also in Sheboygan, the Above and Beyond Children's Museum entertains kids with rotating interactive exhibits, special events, and children's games and crafts.
5. If you're heading through Milwaukee on your way to or from Kohler, the Milwaukee Art Museum is well worth a visit for its gorgeous sailboat-like Calatrava-designed architecture alone.
The best museums in Kohler are the John Michael Kohler Art Museum, Design Center Historical Museum, Walderhaus, Children's Museum (Sheboygan) and the Maritime Museum (Manitowoc).