Farmhouse to Brewhouse

Select Sat. | 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Seasonal Beer Dinners featuring Wisconsin Breweries. Get a look at our brand new Brewhouse while enjoying refreshing beers from local breweries and a delicious four-course meal.

Cool off with Summer Saturdays

Get a free water bottle when you visit during our giveaways on July 2 or August 6. Visit early – this offer is only valid while supplies last!

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!

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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.


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Historic Brewing 101

Select Fridays | 9 AM – 3 PM

Step into the shoes of a historic beermaker and enter the new Brewhouse as you experience first-hand how to make your own beer in this engaging workshop. Create your own batch of wort (unfermented beer) to take home and ferment for later.

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.


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.

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Thank you to our incredible maintenance team and volunteers who installed our new selfie stands for us! Also, thank you to our Villagers for such an amazing test shot!

We would love to see what memories you and your family catch from these stands, located in the Crossroads Village, the 1890s Danish Immigrant Farm, and next to Big Kettle Pond.

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1 day ago
Thank you to our incredible maintenance team and volunteers who installed our new selfie stands for us! Also, thank you to our Villagers for such an amazing test shot!

We would love to see what memories you and your family catch from these stands, located in the Crossroads Village, the 1890s Danish Immigrant Farm, and next to Big Kettle Pond.

Share your selfie with us on Instagram. Tag Wisconsin Historical Society and use #ExploreWisconsinHistoryImage attachmentImage attachment

Our gates open shortly and invite you to join us for the day. Although we are expecting some rain, it is a great day to slow down and spend more time with individual team members. Learn how to turn cabbage into sauerkraut, check with the blacksmith about the skills needed to forge iron, and chat with our brew crew. oldworldwisconsin.org ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago
Our gates open shortly and invite you to join us for the day. Although we are expecting some rain, it is a great day to slow down and spend more time with individual team members. Learn how to turn cabbage into sauerkraut, check with the blacksmith about the skills needed to forge iron, and chat with our brew crew. oldworldwisconsin.org