402 S 2nd Street, Alma, Wisconsin
Friday & Saturday, 1-4pm, year 'round
Sunday, 1-4pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day
Castlerock Museum is an arms and armor museum in Alma, Wisconsin, with exhibits that include many time periods in European history. Walk with the warriors of the Western World on a self-guided trip from the days of Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Vikings, the Crusader Knights in chain mail and into the Golden Age of the fully armored Renaissance "Knight in Shining Armor." Watch empires rise and fall, and see how arms and armor adapt to changing times. Hundreds of rare and authentic examples of arms and armor are on display in an easily viewed open wall format rather than in rows of closed cases. Reproductions of famous paintings illustrate how the arms and armors were used and provide the cultural context for each piece. An interpretive display panel is in each exhibit with short and concise illustrated descriptions for those wishing to know more about any of the particular pieces of arms and armor or the art.
Event This Weekend!
On Saturday, November 12th at 2pm, there will be a special program at Castlerock Museum in Alma, Wisconsin with Judge Gary Schlosstein, the museum’s founder. Gary will discuss how the museum got started, share stories behind some of the fascinating pieces in the museum’s collection of authentic arms and armor, and show off some unique items that have never been on display.
Gary Schlosstein first started collecting when he was ten years with a Civil War musket that he bought at an antique store for three dollars. His passion for ancient and medieval arms and armor began in the early 1980’s, when a friend convinced him to buy several medieval polearms. Over the years, this collection grew leading Gary to start up the nonprofit that is Castlerock Museum as a permanent place to house and display the collection to the public. The museum officially opened its doors to the public in 2011 and it celebrated its fifth anniversary last July.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Museum members are FREE.
The museum will open at 1:00pm for visitors that would like to look around beforehand.