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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’s Capitol Square!


Special Temporary Exhibits

Hmong In Wisconsin

The Hmong came to the United States as refugees starting in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of these families found homes in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical MuseumJune 3, 2021

Staff Favorites

Check out some of our favorite images from the thousands in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s archives.

Past Exhibits


Core Exhibits

First Settlers

The Busy Year

Era Of Exchange

Native Nations & Tribes

Frontier Wisconsin

The Immigrant State

Making a Living

Sense of Community

Laboratory of Democracy


Learn with the Wisconsin Historical Society

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!

Wisconsin Historical Society Sites

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