Legends & Lore

Fri Oct 14 – Sat Oct 15
Fri Oct 21 – Sat Oct 22
5:30 – 9:30 PM

Eerie tales lurk in the dark, as legends and lore come to life in the woods. The veil is thin between this world and the next. What is real, and what is a legend?
Sponsored by WaterStone Bank

Legends & Lore

Select Fri & Sat in October
5:30 – 9:30 PM

Eerie tales lurk in the dark, as legends and lore come to life in the woods. The veil is thin between this world and the next. What is real, and what is a legend?

child opening a barn door

Travel Through Time and the Stories of America’s Heartland

Old World Wisconsin includes 60 beautifully restored historic structures, relocated from throughout Wisconsin, on over 600 acres of picturesque landscape. Through stories of perseverance, you explore the lives of those who came before us – connecting people and inspiring understanding. Your day will be fun, engaging, enriching, and authentic as you encounter history by exploring sensory-rich spaces, stories, and hands-on activities.  

Each area at Old World Wisconsin showcases different stories. As you travel through time from the 1840s to the 1910s, you will find historic spaces to explore, gardens and trails to wander through, and costumed staff ready to help you get hands on with history. You will also meet a variety of animals that helped our ancestors survive and thrive in America’s Heartland. Experience the daily life of the people who called these buildings home as you help with chores and cooking, try your hand at crafts and trades, and play – yes, even the grownups! 


Planning your visit is easier than ever with advance online ticketing. Purchase your tickets today and make more time for fun on your next adventure.


Wisconsin Beer Run

Sponsored by Delafield Brewhaus

Sunday October 30 | 10AM

Step back in time as you race through Old World Wisconsin’s historic spaces. Your 5K journey will take you through scenic historic homes and buildings in full fall color offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse!

The five fermentation vats (one for each day of brewing during the summer season) and kegs shown as equipment is moved into the new Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin in preparation for the June 2022 grand opening events. Taken 2.24.22 by Dan Freas

The Brewhouse

Now Open!

From large breweries to corner bars, big labels to modern microbrews, beermaking is a huge part of Wisconsin’s culture and heritage.


Old World Wisconsin has been voted the #1 place to take kids in the Milwaukee area! Travel through time and experience the stories of America’s heartland with hand-on activities and fun for the whole family!


A newly constructed Brewing Experience building, combined with relocated historic Wittnebel’s Tavern and a festive outdoor Beer Garden, will allow Old World Wisconsin guests to celebrate Wisconsin’s brewing traditions like never before.


The Wisconsin Historical Society is excited to open the brand new Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin in 2022. This building is just the first new structure completed as part of a $5.5 million project that represents the first two phases of a larger, multi-year master plan to transform the site’s entry area with a reimagined Welcome Experience.

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Becoming a member is the best way to explore Wisconsin history. Members get free admission to our historic sites and discounts on special events!

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Stories of early immigrant settlers come to life as you explore homes, farms, and gardens at this hands on living history experience.

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What is real and what is legend? Find out by venturing into the dark of the woods at Old World Wisconsin.

Scattered around the village are performances and storytelling, along with games and spooky Halloween fun. With map in hand, you'll move around the site, encountering different storytellers and performances. Warm up with drinks and sweet treats, hear live music, or shop in the Museum Store before heading home through the darkness.

This event is hosted in collaboration with Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance. Legends & Lore is sponsored by WaterStone Bank.

Advance tickets are required for this event and are close to selling out. Buy your tickets today at wihist.org/3UVIVrD
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Can't wait! Got ours 🙂

Well now I’m super excited!

Bojana Eskic Elez are we still taking kids for Halloween

Whew, thanks for the reminder! Just nabbed mine. 😂 Never been, looking forward to it.

Cindy Ray

🍌Come in here send me a direct i wait for u

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Happy Sunday and World Farm Animals Day!

Old World Wisconsin has many beloved farm animals that are always a popular spot for families to visit while on site. All of our farm animals are also heritage breeds.

We asked Farmer Mike and he reminded us that several of our heritage breeds are rare and in danger of extinction. They are genetically valuable breeds that are the foundation of modern livestock. Simply said, they are an irreplaceable link to our past and vital for our future!

Old World Wisconsin's heritage breed program depends on help from the Old World Foundation's "Adopt An Animal" initiative. More information is available online at wihist.org/3RuUO68
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A few more Old World residents: Sam, Marty, and Mack!