A woman is standing and looking at an exhibit of cloths and tools


Explore History in a New Way

The Wisconsin Historical Museum shares the stories behind Wisconsin’s heritage!

About Us

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.

Enter a replica of a 1000-year-old house and examine a fur trade post. Walk into a lead mine and climb into a tractor cab. Discover the stories of Wisconsin’s political heritage, working lives, ethnic diversity, and sense of community. From educational and fun activities for kids to walking tours and lectures, the Wisconsin Historical Museum offers engaging events to suit every interest and age. Don’t miss the Museum Store and our unique Wisconsin products.

Coming November 2021

Ever Gleaming

An exhibit about aluminum Christmas trees which became a popular holiday fixture in the 1960s, helped by Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, WI.

Evergleaming boxes, obscured by silver Evergleam branches

Permanent Exhibits

First Settlers

A historic earthenware vessel showcased in the First Settlers Exhibit, Click to learn more

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Native Nations & Tribes

Two traditional outfits from Tribes that have been located in Wisconsin immemorial, click to learn more

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Making A Living

A milk processing exhibit in Making a Living

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The Busy Year

The Busy Year Exhibit, click to learn more

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Frontier Wisconsin

The entrance to the Mine at the Historic Museum

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Sense of Community

Some older individuals wander around an exhibit in the Sense of Community Exhibit

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Era of Exchange

A group of people huddle around an exhibit display in the Era of Exchange, click to learn more

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The Immigrant State

An exhibit in the Immigration State

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Laboratory of Democracy

A woman looks at an exhibit talking about the changing politics of Wisconsin

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Learn with the Wisconsin Historical Society

A computer on a desk showing a virtual program

Virtual and In-person Programs!

Get ready to give your young learners the best field trip memory of the year. WHS is excited to bring back our popular sensory-rich, wonder-filled, on-site Field Trips at our historic sites and museums. We are also continuing our live, interactive online programs to bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your classroom!

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Museum Store

Visit the Museum Store to take home some of the history of Wisconsin. You’ll find unique items that are sure to delight visitors of all ages, including books, home decor, jewelry, clothing, toys, and much more!

Enjoy 10 percent off store items as a Wisconsin Historical Society member.

Many of the items we sell in store are available online. Explore the gifts and books that are for sale!


The Wisconsin HIstorical Museum store features a variety of different products, shown here are cutting boards, mugs, aprons and various other Wisconsin themed kitchen gear.

Wisconsin Historical Society Sites

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is one of 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Explore all of these sites below.

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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

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

Circus World

An old fashioned camera is set up facing a dramatic photo backdrop

H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum

Wood building with antlers attached. A sign reads Museum

Madeline Island Museum

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

Old World Wisconsin

Pendarvis house at dusk, orange colored brick and white trim windows and doors. A stone wall lines the house next to the road. The lamp is lit.


A older white couple holding hands and walking towards the Stonefield buildings


The Villa Louis Manor on a sunny day, victorian architecture on elegant display

Villa Louis

People visiting the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wade House

Wade House

Walking by the Capitol Square

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Inside the Reed School classroom, with vintage desks and a chalkboard

Reed School

The two historical buildings of Wisconsin's First Capital

First Capitol

Learn more about all our sites here!