The Fennimore Railroad Museum in Fennimore, Wis.

The Toy Train Barn Museum, Argyle, Wis.: There’s also a train to ride outside the museum in a refurbished dairy barn. whrc-wi.org/trainbarn/

Delaware County Historical Museum complex, Hopkinton, Iowa: Complex is on the old Lenox College campus. hopkintoniowa.org

Doll & Toy Museum, Fennimore, Wis.: Many colorful examples on display from the 1800s to 2000s. dollandtoymuseum.com

Dyer-Bostsford Doll Museum, Dyersville, Iowa: Huge collection housed in a 19th-century Victorian home. tiny.cc/d371iy

National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, Iowa: Visit the history of agriculture through toys of all sizes. tiny.cc/t971iy

National Brewery Museum, Potosi, Wis.: Along with a collection, there’s a tour of the brewery. potosibrewery.com/museums

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque: One of the first stops when visiting town. www.rivermuseum.com

Railroad Historical Museum, Fennimore, Wis.: You’ll find “Dinky” the train and all things railroad in this complex. tiny.cc/uw71iy

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Galena, Ill.: Boasts a variety of styles and exhibits. chi-athenaeum.org

Woodbine (Ill.) Glass Museum & Gift Shop: Hand-blown glass displays and antique works from around the world. 815-947-3904

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