Preserving the History of Bucyrus for Future Generations

The Bucyrus Museum is home to the history of Bucyrus’ world-class earth moving, crane, and drilling equipment.

We are located on the second floor of the renovated Bucyrus Club, 1919 12th Avenue, in South Milwaukee, WI.

Come on in during our open hours, or make an appointment for group events, and see old Milwaukee and the finest engineering history.

HOURS – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

The Museum will be CLOSED on May 25th so our volunteers can enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend with family.

Group events are available outside of normal hours by appointment. Please call to make an appointment.

Since the building’s construction in 1892, it’s served as a furniture factory, assembly shop, employee club, and community center. Today, the Bucyrus Museum is dedicated to preserving the local industrial history of South Milwaukee and the history of the Bucyrus.

The Bucyrus Museum is operated by the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum LLC, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit. All Donations are tax deductible.

Bucyrus Erie Sign

About The Museum

We are dedicated to the historic preservation and archiving of artifacts relating to the equipment designed and manufactured by Bucyrus International, Inc.

Marching Band Inside of Crane

Our History

For over 130 years the Bucyrus name was arguably the most iconic name in excavation equipment brands in the world.

Bucyrus Plant

In The Press

The Bucyrus Museum preserves and celebrates the history of Bucyrus and its position in the greater South Shore area.



The collection consists of nearly 20,000 historic artifacts, documents, and photographs of the people and machines that shaped the world. We will be highlighting this section with periodic additions of the items and their particular stories. Check back often. To see them in person, please purchase a ticket and visit the museum.  Hope to see you soon!

Bucyrus and the Digging of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a 48 mile (77.1 kilometer) ship canal that connects the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Join us for a look back at the major role Bucyrus played in the construction of the Panama Canal.

Our Legacy


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About The Big Muskie

Big Muskie was a coal mining Bucyrus-Erie dragline excavator, weighing 13,500 short tons and standing nearly 22 stories tall.



1919 12th Ave.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172