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Travel back in Time

For centuries people left Old Worlds for a new life in Wisconsin. They faced unfamiliar landscapes and languages, learned to establish farms and communities, and blended the old with the new. Welcome to the world they created. Welcome to Old World Wisconsin.

Through stories of perseverance, explore the lives of those who called this place home – connecting people and inspiring understanding. At the core of the storytelling is the understanding that history is about the past, present, and future, and is a story we tell together.



“What a wonderful outdoor museum in a stunning setting. We have been coming here since the 1970s and it never, ever disappoints. Old World Wisconsin is a gem.”

– Google Review


Use our online calendar to see all the exciting events, activities, and programs happening at Old World Wisconsin.


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