History Happens Here

Wisconsin’s New History Center

The Wisconsin Historical Society is bringing a new, 21st-century history center and cultural attraction to the people of Wisconsin and beyond.

Designed to be a welcoming beacon of inspiration and exploration, the new center set on Wisconsin’s Capitol Square in Madison will reflect a modern approach to sharing history and connecting communities.


Iconic Location

The new history center will be located on Wisconsin’s Capitol Square in Madison, contributing to a thriving cultural district and offering a convenient location for school groups visiting from around the state.


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History Makers Tour

Bringing history directly to local communities in every region of the state through pop-up exhibits, artifact displays, public programs, art installations, and other activities

During construction of the history center, the History Maker Space at US Bank Plaza on Capitol Square will allow for pop-up exhibits, author talks, public programs and history center sneak peeks!

We continue to welcome students and community members into the iconic Library Reading Room and archives at the historic Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters building in Madison, which opened in 1900.


Recent News

History Makers Tour and Space

The History Makers Tour kicks off this month in conjunction with the public launch of the History Maker Space on Capitol Square in Madison…

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First Look Inside New History Center

We’re excited to share a first look inside the new state-of-the-art history center that is expected to be completed in late 2026…

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Temporary Program Space Secured

Temporary space has been secured to continue offering public and school group programming during the design and construction phase for the new history center…

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The History of a Museum

The Wisconsin Historical Museum opened in 1986, at the top of State Street on Madison’s Capitol Square. The building was converted from an old hardware store.

Explore the exhibits that once filled this museum and learn more about it’s history.


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Your Pastport to the Past...

It's time for a history making summer road trip!

Take advantage of your free admission to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s sites and museums with your 2024 Member Pastport, an exciting program for members only.

Collect stamps at each stop to earn store discounts and a free Family+ membership!

Bring your digital or physical membership card along on your first visit to get your Pastport and start your journey.

Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.

Become a member: wihist.org/3UvWVJw
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Your Pastport to the Past...

Its time for a history making summer road trip!

Take advantage of your free admission to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s sites and museums with your 2024 Member Pastport, an exciting program for members only.

Collect stamps at each stop to earn store discounts and a free Family+ membership!

Bring your digital or physical membership card along on your first visit to get your Pastport and start your journey.

Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.

Become a member: https://wihist.org/3UvWVJw

... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago