A view of the 4th floor political exhibit

Temporarily Closed for Updates

Getting Ready for a Historic Year

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is preparing for a new year of engaging exhibits, fascinating artifacts, and interactive experiences by taking some time to refresh our spaces. We look forward to welcoming guests back on Jan. 20. Until then, check out these upcoming Wisconsin Historical Society events and programs!

Events and Programs

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

Explore the Wisconsin Historical Museum

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!


Mark Your Calendar

Cure Cabin Fever

Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 | 11 AM – 2 PM

Join the Wisconsin Historical Museum for free kid-centric programs that will help get them out of the house and active during the chilly Wisconsin winter.

Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.

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Kids sitting at a table doing arts and crafts

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to some of our historic sites & museums for general admission and special experiences. Click the button below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

Black Point Estate & Gardens, Circus World, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum are open for general admission and special experiences. First Capitol, H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum, Madeline Island Museum, Pendarvis, Reed School, Stonefield, Villa Louis, and Wade House Historic Site remain closed for public programming for the 2021 season.

A circus cart on a lawn, bright red, yellow, and orange colors.

Circus World

A group of people bail hay out of an old fashioned cart

Old World Wisconsin

Black Point Estate, a view of the tower and the rest of the building, the clouds are beautiful and really frame the building.

Black Point Estate & Gardens