COVID-19 Updates: Some Wisconsin Historical Society sites are open for reservation based programs. See below for details.

Fall 2020 Season

Adults and Children working together to move hay at Old World Wisconsin

2020 Season

Reservations only

Old World Wisconsin has added new in-person, reservation-based special programs that begin October 1 and will run through November! More dates have been added to the Behind the Scenes: In the Workshop events. The new programs include: Fall Family Fun Drive, Behind the Scenes: In the Kitchens, Blacksmithing Family Workshop, and a virtual version of the fan favorite Legends and Lore.
The store will be closed for 2020.

Registration now available. See below for details and call (262) 594-6301 to register.

For Your Health and Safety

Advance registration is required for all programs – call today to reserve a spot.

Face masks are required for all guests and staff and are available onsite as needed.

Each location is fulfilling an increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirement.

Maintain 6 feet or more space between yourself, other guests, and staff.

Before you visit, make sure to read the 2020 health and safety policies for Wisconsin Historical Society members and guests.

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Events & Programs

All events and programs have limited capacity and require an advance reservation.

Check each event listing for details on how to register over the phone.

Virtual Field Trips

Two cute cows attached to a wagon of some sort


Can’t make it out to visit for a full, in person field trip? Enjoy Old World Wisconsin programming from the comfort of your own classroom!

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Site Protocols

  • Reservations are required to visit Old World Wisconsin*
  • To protect your safety and ours, face MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all guests and staff at our historic sites and museums
  • Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at all historic sites and museums
  • All events and programs will have a limited capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are properly followed, keeping the safety of employees and guests as the top priority
  • Disposable masks will be available onsite
  • All facilities will adhere to significantly increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building
  • Staff and guests who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay at home
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom

*There will be some exceptions to the reservation requirement for in-person shopping. Click here to learn what stores are available for in-person shopping.

Download our complete Know Before You Go PDF Here


Because Old World Wisconsin simulates the rural environment of the 1800s and early 1900s, all the exhibit areas have limited accessibility. This is due to the scale used in historic restorations and the rural setting. Old World Wisconsin is committed to reviewing the accessibility issue and improving access for all. In the interim, guests in wheelchairs and electric scooters are offered complimentary admission to Old World Wisconsin.

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

No guns, knives, or weapons allowed on premises.

Our Team is trained in Universal Design and understands that each guest experiences, processes, and accesses stories in their own way. We train with staff with from the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and are happy to follow your lead when it comes to making your visit to Old World Wisconsin the stuff of memories. Just let us know how we can help!

Our site is full of beautiful historic structures, but sometimes steps and thresholds prevent access for those with mobility considerations. Our staff is happy to join you in the yards and gardens to make your experience as rich as possible. Tram Drivers are always happy to assist with transportation around the site and offer tips on their favorite accessible spots.

Field Trips are busy, exciting days for students and staff at Old World Wisconsin. When we have advance notice of any accessibility considerations we can work to make sure that everything is in place for a fantastic day.

We train with staff with from the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and are happy to follow your lead when it comes to making your visit to Old World Wisconsin the stuff of memories. Just let us know how we can help!