Plan Your Visit

Plan one more visit with us! 

Now is the perfect time to visit the museum before artifacts move into storage in preparation for the construction of the new Wisconsin history center. The exhibit “People of the Woodlands” will close Nov. 28.

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Wednesday – Saturday
10 AM – 3 PM

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, and Christmas Day.


The Wisconsin Historical Museum is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

Suggested Donation
Adult: $5
Child (5-12): $3


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

Parking is recommended in the following lots:

City of Madison Metro Transit buses serving the Capitol Square are 2-7, 12, 15, 23, 38, 70, and 72.



Book your group tour today! Tours include private guide(s) that can be customized to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Min: 10 | Max: unlimited

Groups over 12 will be split

Please note we do not offer onsite dining and parking. Reservations needed 2 weeks in advance.


$6.00 per guest

Tour operators/guides/drivers: FREE

Payment due on arrival.

For more information, or to book, contact or 608-264-6557


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!


We care about your safety! Please make sure to stay home if you’re sick and follow these CDC guidelines when you visit us.

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.
Wisconsin Historical Museum may occasionally photograph or video visitors for educational and promotional use. Attendance on premises constitutes implied consent for use of the visitors’ likeness in Wisconsin Historical Museum and Wisconsin Historical Society educational and promotional materials.