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Welcome Back

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to Old World Wisconsin for general admission and special experiences such as the Family Fun Drive, Guided Journeys, and Legends & Lore. See below for more information on exploring history in a new way.

Old World Wisconsin is now open for General Admission | Thu – Sun | 10 AM to 4 PM

General admission tickets are available for purchase in advance online or on-site when you arrive!

Join us for Guided Journeys on Wednesdays this summer.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our guests, members, and staff. Read the information below to learn about our 2021 health and safety protocols.

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Explore Old World Wisconsin

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. 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.



Old World Wisconsin Events

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Special Experiences

Explore the special experiences offered at Old World Wisconsin this year! The Family Fun Drive, Guided Journeys, and other events provide new ways to experience Old World Wisconsin and learn about the past. Special Experiences begin May 29 with the Family Fun Drive. Advance registration is required for some events.

Explore Experiences

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Summer Camp Kits

Enjoy all the fun of a summer camp on your own schedule this year with Old World Wisconsin’s NEW Summer Camp Kits. Kits include a camp backpack and activity workbook, two time travel tokens, and exclusive Wisconsin Historical Society swag.

Purchase kits with General Admission tickets!

Summer Camp Kits

For Your Health & Safety

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Advance registration is required for some events

Face Masks required. Mask.

Face Mask

Continue to wear face masks if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning & sanitizing enhanced at all facilities

Maintain Social Distance. Two people 6 ft apart.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing while on-site

2021 Site Protocols

Effective June 1, in accordance with current state guidelines
  • To protect your safety and ours, if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 please continue to wear face masks while on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • Please practice social distancing at our historic sites and museums.
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site.
  • All facilities will adhere to increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building.
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom.
  • Staff and guests, per CDC guidance, are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Site Accessibility

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to some of our historic sites & museums for general admission and special experiences. Click the button below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

Black Point Estate & Gardens, Circus World, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum are open for general admission and special experiences. First Capitol, H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum, Madeline Island Museum, Pendarvis, Reed School, Stonefield, Villa Louis, and Wade House Historic Site remain closed for public programming for the 2021 season.

Black Point Estate, a view of the tower and the rest of the building, the clouds are beautiful and really frame the building.

Black Point Estate & Gardens

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Circus World

Walking by the Capitol Square

Wisconsin Historical Museum

New Arrivals: A Campaign

Brewery Building view from the back, with lots of windows.
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 announce that it has begun construction on an exciting Brewing Experience building at Old World Wisconsin. With construction scheduled throughout 2021, the Brewing Experience building will be 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 that will transform the site’s entry area with a reimagined Welcome Experience.

Learn More

Get Involved

Don’t forget—members receive free general admission and a 10% discount on special experiences.
Show your support today!