Special Event

A Thrill in the Dark: The Victorian Magic Lantern Show

Saturday, May 19, 2018

1:00pm to 2:00 pm

The H.H. Bennett Studio will be presenting a period nineteenth century Magic Lantern Show. The show will include a short introduction about magic lanterns including the popular Woodbury & Marcy Sciopticon. The sciopticon, a type of magic lantern, the Studio will be using is a similar machine used by H.H. Bennett to entertain vacationers to the Dells. Projected images will be from H.H. Bennett’s original lantern slide collection featuring the pre-dam era Wisconsin Dells and will include a verbal commentary on the views.


H.H. Bennett Studio
H.H. Bennett Studio, 215 Broadway
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Location Information

The historic 1875 studio of pioneer landscape photographer H.H. Bennett has been restored to its 1908 appearance. The studio and attached museum contain exhibits depicting the life and times of the man whose work brought tourists by the trainload to marvel at the beauty of the rugged Wisconsin Dells beginning in the late 19th century. Exhibits depict Bennett's prolific career, and high-end computer monitors reveal magnificent 3-D panoramas he captured on stereographic cameras he built by hand.

Accessibility Information

The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.