Wisconsin Journey Special Event

Wisconsin Journey

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

EnlargeUnpacking the trunks brought from Europe

Unpacking the trunks brought from Europe


Experience first-hand what life was like for a group of 19th-century Swedish immigrants as they arrived in America and established a community in Wisconsin with the interactive guided experience, “Wisconsin Journey” at Old World Wisconsin this fall.

Each guest will be paired with a historic character and they will experience their immigrant journey including unpacking a trunk to discover what they brought with them from the old country.  “Wisconsin Journey” takes guests to three different buildings on site; they will face challenges and will need to work together with their community to overcome obstacles as they establish their new life in Wisconsin.

The experience of this journey is based on the real-life stories of actual immigrants who came to Wisconsin in 1843 when Wisconsin was just a territory. Guests will explore historical resources for clues as they consider what it was like for these immigrants in the 19th century to call Wisconsin, and America, home.

The “Wisconsin Journey” lasts 90 minutes and is limited to 16 guests per journey. The current program will be offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from September 4 - October 25.  Tours will take place 3 times a day, departing at 10, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm.

Please note: Program is held rain or shine. Guests must be able to board a tram and walk from building to building. The full site is not open for self-exploration on Fall weekdays. While all ages are welcome, the content explored is best for ages 10 and up. 

Advanced registration is required. 




Old World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Hwy 67
Eagle, WI 53119-9503

Location Information

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.

Accessibility Information

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.