The Wisconsin Historical Society is among the nation’s oldest, largest and most active state historical societies and we steward one of the most significant collections in North America. We are carrying that legacy into the future with an unforgettable history center that is worthy of, and will provide unprecedented access to, our state’s world-class historical collections.
The former museum exhibitions were housed in what was previously a hardware store, greatly limiting the ability to properly share and display our state’s stories. The idea of a new history museum has existed for over two decades, with bipartisan support and planning by Govs. Tommy Thompson, Jim Doyle, Scott Walker and Tony Evers.
Designing the Vision
Now, the vision is becoming a reality. We have assembled an industry-leading design team that is hard at work creating an inspiring and dynamic history center for Wisconsin residents across all 72 counties and beyond.