Tour Old World Wisconsin and return to the late 19th century of life on the farm, when waves of immigrants came to America's heartland in search of a better life.
Our 42nd season opens with sheep, seeds and seeing you!
Week-ends in May
Celebrate spring with us as we begin our springtime chores! Guests can check out the newest additions to our flocks and see how we transform wool from sheep to socks with hands on experiences for all ages. Then, help prepare the gardens for the growing season and see what's cooking in the kitchen after the long winter.
New in 2018:
New Crossroad Village tours will debut. Guests will have a chance to explore the stories of Crossroad Village in a different way. This tour starts at a specific time and runs through several pre-determined buildings.
Learn How to Pick and Card Wool 1860s Norwegian Immigrant Farm Summer Kitchen Roll up your sleeves and learn how wool gets from sheep to sweater. You’ll never look at fuzzy socks the same way!
Root Around in the Garden German Immigrant Area Gardens Come hlep get the gardens ready for spring planting! In our gardens representing German Immigrants in 1860, 1870 and 1880 and our Polish Immigrant garden from 1900 you help prepare the beds for root vegetables and start planting.
Join a Theater Troupe Caldwell Farmers’ Club Hall Feeling dramatic? Learn about the traveling shows and events held in the Hall, and then tread the boards like it’s 1890!
Leave Time for Some Historic Shopping! Tokens are a great way for younger guests to engage with history by getting to do their own shopping athe Thomas General Store, Four Mile House or the Blacksmith Shop. The tokens allow you to taste flavors from the past, or purchase a souvenir that proves your are truly a part of history.
Old World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Hwy 67
Old World Wisconsin documents the settlement of 19th- and early 20th-century Wisconsin. It comprises an 1870s crossroads village and 10 ethnic farmsteads located on 576 acres of wooded hills in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Trams are equipped to transport visitors using wheelchairs during regular museum operating hours. Call ahead to make arrangements at 262-594-6301.