Love ’em or hate ’em, the wheezy instruments stereotypically associated with Paris have found a new home in the northwestern corner of Wisconsin. In the small Midwestern town of Superior, you’ll find a haven for accordion fanatics located in a repurposed Presbyterian church.
A World of Accordions Museum is one of largest accordion museums on the planet. It’s also the only building in the United States to be dedicated entirely to the humble accordion.
The collection includes more than 1,300 accordions of all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs, placed in chronological order to show the instrument’s evolution over time. The accordion emporium also features the Accordion Research Center Libraries, home to two rooms of accordion music, accordion periodicals, and accordion history. And if your accordion is in need of repair, you can stop by the Accordion-concertina Repair and Technicians’ School, which will fix your instrument and teach you accordion manufacturing techniques in the process.