Save Time, Skip the Line!

Planning your visit is easier than ever with advance online ticketing. Browse our upcoming events or get your tickets for general admission today!

Save Time, Skip the Line!

Planning your visit is easier than ever with advance online ticketing. Browse our upcoming events or get your tickets for general admission 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! 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

Grand Opening June 18

From large breweries to corner bars, big labels to modern microbrews, beermaking is a huge part of Wisconsin’s culture and heritage. The new Brewing Experience presented by the Cleary-Kumm Family taps into into the state’s brewing past by creating immersive environments where you can see, smell, feel, and — of course — taste this history. You’ll get hands-on, see how beer is made, engage with beermakers and bartenders, and relax with a few cold ones on your own.

Summer Saturdays

June 4 | July 2 | August 6

Cool off and #ExploreWisconsinHistory with us!

Get a free coozie or water bottle when you visit Old World Wisconsin on the first Saturday in June, July or August. Free gift can be picked up at the admission counter upon arrival. One gift per household.

Visit early – offer valid while supplies last!


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.

Join us for PIG TALES this Saturday, May 21, as we observe International Heritage Breeds Day. Walk with Agriculture and Animal Program Coordinator, Mike Houfe, and learn the stories behind two of our heritage pig breeds as well as why it is important to preserve heritage farm animals. Meet Mike at the 1870s Hessian Immigrant Farm at 1:30 PM to meet our Mulefoot Hogs and then walk to the adjacent 1860s Pomeranian Immigrant Farm to be introduced to our Gloucestershire Old Spots pig (pictured). The program, which is included with admission, will last between 30 and 45 minutes. oldworldwisconsin.org #internationalheritagebreedsday ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us for PIG TALES this Saturday, May 21, as we observe International Heritage Breeds Day. Walk with Agriculture and Animal Program Coordinator, Mike Houfe, and learn the stories behind two of our heritage pig breeds as well as why it is important to preserve heritage farm animals. Meet Mike at the 1870s Hessian Immigrant Farm at 1:30 PM to meet our Mulefoot Hogs and then walk to the adjacent 1860s Pomeranian Immigrant Farm to be introduced to our Gloucestershire Old Spots pig (pictured). The program, which is included with admission, will last between 30 and 45 minutes. oldworldwisconsin.org #internationalheritagebreedsday

Plan a fun family day this weekend at Old World Wisconsin! Purchase tickets online at buy.acmeticketing.com/events/514/detail/62212db3027c761f00bab3ea ... See MoreSee Less

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Plan a fun family day this weekend at Old World Wisconsin! Purchase tickets online at https://buy.acmeticketing.com/events/514/detail/62212db3027c761f00bab3ea

We are one month away from opening The Brewhouse to the public and looking to add a part-time team member to the Old World Wisconsin Brew Crew. This position assists with general Brewhouse operations, serves samples of our historically-inspired beer, and sells beer and a limited menu of bar food to guests. No previous brewing experience is necessary but previous work in food service or bartending is helpful. For additional information, contact Rob Novak, Brewing Experience Coordinator, at robert.novak@wisconsinhistory,org or apply online using the Cafe Cashier/Server position link at oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/volunteering-employment/ ... See MoreSee Less

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We are one month away from opening The Brewhouse to the public and looking to add a part-time team member to the Old World Wisconsin Brew Crew. This position assists with general Brewhouse operations, serves samples of our historically-inspired beer, and sells beer and a limited menu of bar food to guests. No previous brewing experience is necessary but previous work in food service or bartending is helpful. For additional information, contact Rob Novak, Brewing Experience Coordinator, at robert.novak@wisconsinhistory,org or apply online using the Cafe Cashier/Server position link at https://oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/volunteering-employment/