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Historic Sites and Museums

Wisconsin Historic Sites

Wisconsin's historic sites connect you with the past by inviting you inside the very places where history happened. So chart a course to the past and begin exploring three centuries of Wisconsin history.


Old World Wisconsin
Relive the Spirit of America's Heartland

Wade House
Explore the Era of Stagecoach Travel

Villa Louis
Enter the World of Victorian America

Circus World
Experience the Thrill That Never Grows Old

Madeline Island Museum
A Place of Encounters

Black Point Estate
Historic Home and Gardens

H.H. Bennett Studio
The Man Who Made Wisconsin Dells Famous

Pendarvis
Discover Wisconsin's Groundbreaking Community

Stonefield
The Roots of Rural Wisconsin

First Capitol
The Birthplace of a Great State

Reed School
When One Room Shaped Many Lives

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Located on the Capitol Square in Madison, the Wisconsin Historical Museum is full of wonderful information about the State's rich history. Reach us by phone at 608-264-6555.

Engage your senses

Tour our exhibits to see museum objects and hear stories of native people, settlement days, immigrants' experiences and politics. Experience hands-on learning in our workshops, tours and kids activities. Taste the flavors and smells of Wisconsin's heritage in our adult dinner and lecture series.

Learn about our collections

Museum collections contain over 110,000 historical objects and nearly 400,000 archaeological artifacts.

Museum Online Collections


Nearly 4,000 artifacts are available for viewing online. Categories include paintings, dolls, quilts, moccasins, samplers, children's clothing, ceramic art and objects chosen as Curators' Favorites.





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  • Free site admission
  • 10-percent discount on store items

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