Kids Get in Free

Select Days | 10 AM – 4 PM

Ready to treat your little explorers to a day spent traveling through the past? Take your children to Old World Wisconsin during Kids Get In Free Days and show them the wonders of 1800s and early 1900s life at no cost!

Travel Through Time and the Stories of America’s Heartland

It’s time to slow down, soak up the sunshine and make memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Savor the simple pleasures of summer at Old World – stroll our nature trails and gardens, meet new heritage farm animals and visit more than 60 historic farms, stores and workshops. Try your hand at blacksmithing, craft a wagon, learn about artisanal brewing and more. Choose your own adventure at what has been called one of the best living history experiences in America. 

Kids Out and About at Old World Wisconsin

Thanks to your votes, for the past 2 years Old World Wisconsin has continuously been placed on the Top 20 Places to Take Kids list by Milwaukee Kids Out and About! Come see what all the fun is about!

2023 Kids Out and About.com #2 - Top 20 places to take kids

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Wine Event with American Wine Project

Friday, August 16 | 4:30 – 8:00 PM 

Why not try a selection of vintages at Old World Wisconsin this summer? Join us in the Crossroads Village for a delicious five-course, seasonally curated picnic menu featuring locally sourced meats, fresh produce and other refreshments, including a selection of American Wine Projects natural wines!

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.

Make Your Next Event Historic

Old World Wisconsin’s picturesque settings for a rustic Wisconsin wedding or a unique private event offer plentiful opportunities for a historic event. Make your day historic and create a story that will be remembered for generations.

Start your history road trip!

Pick up your 2024 Member PastPort and start collecting stamps when you visit Old World Wisconsin! Redeem your stamps for discounts or even a free year of membership! Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.

What more could you want!?

“What more could you want!? I loved coming here as a kid and still enjoy it as an adult.
There’s animals, history, and nature.”

Kelly L.



NEW ARRIVALS: A CAMPAIGN

Aerial view of the new New Arrivals entrance to Old World Wisconsin
A newly constructed Brewing Experience building, combined with relocated historic Wittnebel’s Tavern, a festive outdoor Beer Garden and a new welcome center 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 Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin is the first structure completed as part of a $5.5 million project that represents the first two phases of a larger, multi-year master plan by the Wisconsin Historical Society to transform the site’s entry area with a reimagined Welcome Experience.

Get the Best Deal in History 

Wisconsin Historical Society members receive unlimited free admission to our 11 historic sites and museums, a complimentary annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, merchandise discounts and more. Join at the Family level and above for added benefits and discounts at over 1,200 organizations nationwide! 


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Experience the world of early immigrants at Old World Wisconsin, where history comes alive!

We are so excited to announce that we are hiring a Food and Beverage Manager at Old World Wisconsin!

This position leads a team of Old World Wisconsin employees to produce high-quality food and beverage experiences, delivered with exceptional customer service, as an integral guest amenity and source of revenue. This manager develops menus, manages food service ordering, and works with other WHS departments to achieve food and beverage revenue goals while maintaining the Old World Wisconsin guest experience.

For more information, check out the job listing at wj.wi.gov/14902
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We are so excited to announce that we are hiring a Food and Beverage Manager at Old World Wisconsin! 

This position leads a team of Old World Wisconsin employees to produce high-quality food and beverage experiences, delivered with exceptional customer service, as an integral guest amenity and source of revenue. This manager develops menus, manages food service ordering, and works with other WHS departments to achieve food and beverage revenue goals while maintaining the Old World Wisconsin guest experience.

For more information, check out the job listing at https://wj.wi.gov/14902Image attachmentImage attachment

Kylie has already made such a big impact on our animal program here at Old World Wisconsin! We love working with her and can’t wait to see her ideas continue to come to life!Meet Kylie Jones! Kylie Jones joined the Old World Wisconsin team as the Animal Programs Coordinator in May. Her professional background includes zookeeping at various zoos across the country with species as small as naked mole rats to as large as rhinoceros, and everything in between. Most recently, she was working at the Milwaukee County Zoo with their bonobo troop.

In her role at OWW, Kylie will be leading the Animal Care team. Together with the other members of the team, she will be increasing the animals' opportunity for training and enrichment opportunities, all while providing the best animal welfare.

Welcome Kylie!

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Kylie has already made such a big impact on our animal program here at Old World Wisconsin! We love working with her and can’t wait to see her ideas continue to come to life!

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Welcome!! 🤗

Way to go Kylie!

Welcome aboard!!!🥰

Welcome Kylie!!

Our annual Kids Get In Free event is returning to Old World Wisconsin! For the first two weeks in August, all kids under the age of 13 years old will receive free admission to the site to explore the history of Wisconsin and the lives of those who called our state home.

We've got some exciting additions this year and can't wait to show you what we've been working on!

Get your tickets at wihist.org/3WqQtV9

(Please note that you should select the free tickets for all of the guests who are under the age of 13 that will be visiting!)
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Kids Get In Free 2024

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Please fix your spelling error: receive is correct. Not recieve.