Fall events at the Museum

Get hands-on with sensational science and spooky activities this October at Science on the Square (Oct. 14) and Downtown Trick-or-Treat (Oct. 26). Be there, if you dare!

Fall events at the Museum

Get hands-on with sensational science and spooky activities this October at Science on the Square (Oct. 14) and Downtown Trick-or-Treat (Oct. 26). Be there, if you dare!

Explore the Stories that Made Wisconsin

History is a story with many voices, always growing and evolving—a story we tell together. At the Wisconsin Historical Museum, you’ll immerse yourself in fascinating and diverse stories of people and places from Wisconsin history.

Explore the state’s diverse and dynamic past through engaging exhibits, fascinating historical objects, and hands-on experiences that focus on Native Nations and Tribes. Enter a replica of a 1,000-year-old house and examine a fur trade post.

A new history center is on the way! 

Artifacts are on the move! We’ve got big news to share as we move one step closer to the construction of the new Wisconsin history center. This state-of-the-art space will invite visitors to engage with history in an exciting new way and more than double the museum’s current footprint.

Our exhibits will close as we start to pack artifacts for safe storage. “People of the Woodlands” will remain open through Nov. 27. Plan your visit today before these exhibits close!

The fun doesn’t end here! The museum will continue to host walking tours, special exhibitions, and other exciting programs.


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Feeling Canadian?

On this day in 1774 Britain passed the Quebec Act, making the Wisconsin Territory part of the province of Quebec.

Enacted by George III, the act restored the French form of civil law to the region. The Thirteen Colonies considered the Quebec Act as one of the "Intolerable Acts," as it nullified Western claims of the coast colonies by extending the boundaries of the province of Quebec to the Ohio River on the south and to the Mississippi River on the west.

📸: The Thirteen Original Colonies in 1774: Library of Congress: www.loc.gov/resource/g3701sm.gct00482/?sp=15
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Feeling Canadian?

On this day in 1774 Britain passed the Quebec Act, making the Wisconsin Territory part of the province of Quebec. 

Enacted by George III, the act restored the French form of civil law to the region. The Thirteen Colonies considered the Quebec Act as one of the Intolerable Acts, as it nullified Western claims of the coast colonies by extending the boundaries of the province of Quebec to the Ohio River on the south and to the Mississippi River on the west.

📸: The Thirteen Original Colonies in 1774: Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3701sm.gct00482/?sp=15

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This Saturday in Lake Geneva, join us for the Oak Hill Cemetery Tour!

As the sun sets and Halloween approaches, grab a flashlight and walk through the beautiful grounds of the Oak Hill Cemetery, recently added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

Hear stories of Lake Geneva's prominent past citizens, and the history behind the cemetery's design and construction by renowned landscape architect Horace W.S. Cleveland from knowledgeable historians from Black Point Estate & Gardens.

For more info, go to: wihist.org/3SVyIdD
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This Saturday in Lake Geneva, join us for the Oak Hill Cemetery Tour! 

As the sun sets and Halloween approaches, grab a flashlight and walk through the beautiful grounds of the Oak Hill Cemetery, recently added to the National Registry of Historic Places. 

Hear stories of Lake Genevas prominent past citizens, and the history behind the cemeterys design and construction by renowned landscape architect Horace W.S. Cleveland from knowledgeable historians from Black Point Estate & Gardens.

For more info, go to: https://wihist.org/3SVyIdD

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I came to read the comments after seeing those seated on the 🪦. Another picture would be better / crop it. See attached respectively as #4 & #5 may need to be addressed before the tour begins. www.usurnsonline.com/funeral-resources/10-things-not-to-do-in-a-cemetery/

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Horrible behavior, disrespectful

My Mama would have jacked me to Jesus if I sat on a headstone.

Tell those bums to get off the tombstones

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Don't sit on someone's head stone!!

Thanks for sharing!

those sitting are disrespecting the dead

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On this day in 1846, Wisconsin's first state Constitutional Convention met in Madison.

The Convention sat until December 16,1846. The Convention was attended by 103 Democrats and 18 Whigs. The proposed constitution failed when voters refused to accept several controversial issues: an anti-banking article, a homestead exemption (which gave $1000 exemption to any debtor), providing women with property rights, and black suffrage.

The following convention, the Second Constituitional Convention of Wisconsin in 1847-48, produced and passed a constitution that Wisconsin still very much follows today.

📸: Rejected Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, 1846: wihist.org/3s6bmHn
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On this day in 1846, Wisconsins first state Constitutional Convention met in Madison. 

The Convention sat until December 16,1846. The Convention was attended by 103 Democrats and 18 Whigs. The proposed constitution failed when voters refused to accept several controversial issues: an anti-banking article, a homestead exemption (which gave $1000 exemption to any debtor), providing women with property rights, and black suffrage. 

The following convention, the Second Constituitional Convention of Wisconsin in 1847-48, produced and passed a constitution that Wisconsin still very much follows today. 

📸: Rejected Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, 1846: https://wihist.org/3s6bmHn