A view of the 4th floor political exhibit
Call for National History Day Volunteers! For 2021 the theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

Temporarily Closed

The Wisconsin Historical Museum and store are currently closed. Check back soon for details.

We are offering virtual school programs. Registration now available.
See below for details and contact us at museumeducation@wisconsinhistory.org to register.

Thank you for your continued support of our site when we were challenged by COVID-19 and had to adjust our programs. The patience and flexibility of our guests and supporters has been appreciated.

Explore the Museum

A view of the Wisconsin HIstorical Museum from State Street, with the Wisconsin State Capitol in the background.

The Wisconsin Historical Museum shares the stories behind Wisconsin’s heritage through exhibits featuring Native Nations and Tribes, the immigrant experience, frontier life, agriculture, industry, politics, and much, much more.

Featuring both permanent and special temporary exhibits, showcasing many fascinating historical items, and having a wonderful selection of gifts for sale, the Wisconsin Historical Museum is a wonderful place to explore on the Madison Capitol Square!


Virtual Field Trips

Girl with binoculars is outside smiling and waving

Field Trips – Now Virtual!

Designed for grades 3-5, these 30-minute programs are inquiry-driven and fun! In order to have the most interactive and engaging experience, each program is intended for 1 classroom at a time.

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The Time has Come for a New Museum

The next chapter of our state’s history is being written, and the Wisconsin Historical Society has a rare opportunity to deliver an unforgettable, modern history museum to celebrate and honor Wisconsin.

Learn More

Events & Programs

Explore the events and programs offered at the other Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums using the links below! All events and programs have limited capacity and require an advanced reservation.

Check each event listing for details on how to register over the phone.

Choose from All Historic Sites' Events


Advance registration is required for all programs – call today to reserve a spot.

Face masks are required for all guests and staff and are available onsite as needed.

Each location is fulfilling an increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirement.

Maintain 6 feet or more space between yourself, other guests, and staff.

Site Protocols

At each program and event, the following protocols will be enforced:

  • Reservations are required to visit the Wisconsin Historical Museum*
  • To protect your safety and ours, face MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all guests and staff at our historic sites and museums
  • Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at all historic sites and museums
  • All events and programs will have a limited capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are properly followed, keeping the safety of employees and guests as the top priority
  • Disposable masks will be available onsite
  • All facilities will adhere to significantly increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building
  • Staff and guests who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay at home
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom

*There will be some exceptions to the reservation requirement for in-person shopping. Click here to learn what stores are available for in-person shopping.