Home for the Holidays

Weekends Dec 10-11
10 AM – 3 PM

Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our ancestors and create your own memories.

Sponsored by the Old World Foundation

Home for the Holidays

Weekends Dec 10-11
10 AM – 3 PM

Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our ancestors and create your own memories.

The Past Makes a Great Present

Gift one-of-a-kind presents and experiences, start shopping!
Go on a Historic Wisconsin winter adventure, go site seeing!
Give the gift of Wisconsin History and give a gift membership today!
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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! 

MORE TIME FOR FUN!

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.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Cheers and Chocolates Holiday Beer Pairing

Sat Dec 3 & 10 | 3 – 4 PM

Raise a glass and prepare your taste buds as we combine two of Wisconsin’s favorite holiday treats: chocolate and beer! Step into the site’s beautiful Clausing Barn and experience the magic of local winter beer flavors paired with hand-made truffles from Milwaukee’s own Indulgence Chocolatiers.  

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.

HAVE YOU HEARD?!

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!


NEW ARRIVALS: A CAMPAIGN

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.

CREATING AN IMMERSIVE WELCOME EXPERIENCE AT OLD WORLD WISCONSIN

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.

Best Deal in History!

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.

Look at this gorgeous fresh snow that has decorated our grounds before the final weekend of Home For The Holidays, sponsored by the Old World Foundation! Nature has given us the most festive backdrop to our celebrations and ensured that you'll be able to get that perfect family photo at one of our photo ops.

For the rest of the afternoon, our incredible maintenance team will be clearing snow from roads and pathways to make sure everyone can get around safely while enjoying the beauty of this event. Thank you to our team, Brian, Richard, Jesse, and Evan for their hard work today!

Make sure you check out our website to see our token activities, including the horse drawn wagon rides, leather hand stamped ornament activity, holiday shopping at the Thomas General Store, and taking a handmade black smith hook. Remember that tokens purchases must be made during your ticket purchase and additional tokens are not available onsite.

We're not going to say it....okay we'll say it...we are *SNOW* excited to see you this weekend!

Tickets and tokens available at wihist.org/3FBZxiJ
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Are time traveler tokens needed for the children under 5 years old?

looking forward to it hope the snow stays...so peaceful

Beautiful! How many tokens do you recommend a family of four should get?

Thank you, Maintenance Team. You rock!

Looks enchanting! Pansies blooming here in Kentucky.

Hope the snow sticks for the weekend

Beautiful

Beautiful

Can't wait coming tomorrow!

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2 days ago

Have you seen our cobweb Christmas Party?!

Located in our 1870s Yankee Home, this complex web of festive strings show what a typical Victorian Cobweb party would have looked like. This includes a hunt for the children to find presents where they must follow their string to find their Christmas surprise!

Would you ever consider a cobweb Christmas party for your Christmas morning celebrations? Come see first hand what this festive display looks like at our last weekend of Home For The Holidays. Tickets and tokens are available at wihist.org/3FBZxiJ
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3 days ago
Have you seen our cobweb Christmas Party?!

Located in our 1870s Yankee Home, this complex web of festive strings show what a typical Victorian Cobweb party would have looked like. This includes a hunt for the children to find presents where they must follow their string to find their Christmas surprise!

Would you ever consider a cobweb Christmas party for your Christmas morning celebrations? Come see first hand what this festive display looks like at our last weekend of Home For The Holidays. Tickets and tokens are available at https://wihist.org/3FBZxiJ

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This was neat to see. Our kids want us to do one. We have a cat though and I don’t see it working well for us 😂

Did this in one of our museum houses a few years back.

It was awesome to see this in person.

This is totally awesome

Maleficent, I feel like this is something you would do!!

Omg! I immediately thought of you too Maleficent Beach !

Kathy Hamilton !!!

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