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Membership Benefits

Your Pastport to the Past

It’s time for a history making summer road trip!

Take advantage of your free admission to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s sites and museums with your 2024 Member Pastport, an exciting program for members only.

Collect stamps at each stop to earn store discounts and a free Family+ membership!

Bring your digital or physical membership card along on your first visit to get your Pastport and start your journey.

Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.

3 stamps

$5 off one purchase in museum stores 

6 stamps

Exclusive PastPort Tote Bag

11 stamps

One year Family+ membership

“This was truly a trip of a lifetime. And I don’t say that lightly. I learned so much, got to cross so many places off of my Wisconsin bucket list, and made some great memories with my sister.”

— Julia of @ThatWisconsinCouple

  • Pastports are not available for pick up at Reed School or First Capitol
  • Guests must visit sites during operating hours in order to obtain a valid stamp
  • Only 1 stamp from each site counts towards rewards totals (selfies are acceptable at Reed School or First Capitol)
  • To redeem your free membership, speak with guest services at your nearest site, call the membership office at 888-748-7479 or email
  • Discounts only applicable on store merchandise (not applicable for admissions, memberships, gift certificates, rentals, food sales, or on rides)
  • Pastport expires 12/31/2024 
  • Limit one pastport per household
  • Limit one tote bag reward per household
  • Discount has no cash value
  • The value of returned goods purchased with a discount from this program will only have a return value of the goods’ retail value less the discount amount 
  • Discount available for in-store use only (not applicable online)
  • The Society reserves the right to modify or cancel this incentive/program at any time at its sole discretion
  • Promotion available while supplies last


Free Admission for one adult to our historic sites & museums



Free Admission for
two members or
one member & one guest



Free Admission for 2 members & children under 18

Reciprocal benefits through NARM



Free Admission for two members & children under 18

Reciprocal benefits through NARM

Free admission for two additional guests


Family Access Membership

The Wisconsin Historical Society offers a reduced-cost membership option for families who participate in public assistance programs, members of the military, and teachers.

Additional Membership Levels

History Guardian

  • Free Admission for 2 adults & children under 18
  • Free admission for 4 additional guests
  • Reciprocal benefits through NARM
  • Special opportunities at select events

History Ambassador

  • Free Admission for 2 adults & children under 18
  • Free admission for 4 additional guests
  • Reciprocal benefits through NARM
  • Special opportunities at select events

Heritage Circle

  • Free Admission for 2 adults & children under 18
  • Free admission for 6 additional guests
  • Reciprocal benefits through NARM
  • Special opportunities at select events
  • Complimentary publication from WHS Press
  • Invitations to VIP events
  • and MORE!
$1200 +annually

Member Benefit Details

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Wisconsin Magazine of History

The quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Historical Society

This beautifully designed publication is one of the best sources for Wisconsin history. It includes articles written by Society experts and scholars across the nation. The magazine now also features first-person accounts from everyday Wisconsinites throughout history. You’ll love learning new stories about our state, its people, and our collections.

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Free Admission to our Historic Sites and Museums

Membership pays for itself in as little as two visits to our historic sites and museums. From historic homes to hands-on experiences, there's something for everyone at our 11 locations throughout the state. Join today and start planning your adventure!

Reciprocal Benefits

You asked, we listened! Family memberships and higher now offer reciprocity through the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). As a member of the Society, you'll gain admission benefits and discounts at more than 1,200 organizations across the country, including arts and history museums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, science centers, and more!

Digital Membership Cards

Never forget your membership card again! With our new digital membership card option, your membership card will live in the digital wallet of your smart phone. It's easy to access when visiting a site, looking for your membership ID, or reviewing your membership benefits.

Early access to Special Events

Members get the first chance to book their tickets to special events at our historic sites & museums! These events fill up fast, and we want to make sure our members get an opportunity to sign up early. Members also get a 10% discount on special ticketed events as well as exclusive Membership events both virtual and in-person.

10% Merchandise Discount

You’ll find unique items that are sure to delight all ages; including books, home decor, jewelry, clothing, toys, and much more! Members get a 10% discount shopping in our gift stores at our historic sites & museums as well as through our online store.

Columns Newsletter

Get a behind the scenes peak at how the Wisconsin Historical Society does the work to collect, preserve, and share history through our newsletter, Columns. Readers find information about staff, programs, resources and upcoming events.

Gift Memberships

A membership to the Wisconsin Historical Society is the perfect gift for the history lover in your life. Your recipient will receive a full year of membership benefits at the level you select.

Select Your Gift Level
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Library Experience Pass Membership

The Society offers a membership level for libraries which allows them to lend membership passes to their patrons. To enroll your institution or learn more, contact the membership office.

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