Covid-19 Updates: The Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites are closed. See a full list of COVID-19 Closures and Events here.

Guests speak about a collection piece on the 3rd floor

Plan Your Visit



The Wisconsin Historical Museum is free and open to the public.

Suggested Donation

Adult: $5
Child (5-12): $3
Child (4 & under): Free


The Wisconsin Historical Museum is committed to ensuring the safety of our guests and staff. With the most recent information regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to temporarily close to the public until at least April 11, 2020. Please check back for updates.  All school tours are also canceled at all of our historic sites and museums until at least May 11, 2020.


Temporarily closed. Plan to reopen April 10, 2020

Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free guided tours are available to visitors at 2pm daily. Tours meet at the front desk.

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.


The Historical Museum is conveniently located on the Wisconsin’s Capitol Square in downtown Madison.

Parking is recommended in the following lots: State Street Capitol Garage (one block north of the Museum), Overture Center Garage (two blocks west of the Museum), or the Buckeye Lot.

City of Madison Metro Transit buses serving the Museum are 1-8, 11-15, 19, 25, 27, 29, 37, 38, 47, 56-58, 70-72, and 74.


Museum Store

The Historical Museum store features handmade items, unique books, souvenirs, and more!

Guests look at the available merchandise at the museum store


There are many attractions within walking distance to complement your visit to the Wisconsin Historical Museum. For more information visit Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau or Travel Wisconsin.

Guests look over food available at a museum hosted event


The Wisconsin Historical Museum is fully accessible by wheelchair. Visitors with limited mobility may be dropped off and picked up directly in front of the Museum on Carroll Street.

While no pets are allowed in the museum, service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

No guns, knives, or weapons allowed on premises.