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Closed for the Season

Closed for the Season

Old World Wisconsin is closed for general admission this season. Thank you to our members and guests for your support during the 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming you back in April for the 2022 season. In the meantime, continue exploring Wisconsin history year-round at Wade House, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and through other Historical Society Events.

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Home for the Holidays

Saturday and Sunday | 10 am – 4 pm
Dec 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19

Stroll through the site’s Crossroads Village, decked in holiday greenery and full of homes and shops bustling with holiday preparations. Explore how a rich mosaic of ethnic traditions continues to be part of our contemporary celebrations and learn the stories behind them.

Old World Wisconsin is the perfect spot to meet friends and family from across the region to enjoy a day of warmth and discovery as you create your own holiday traditions. Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes will make history come to life as we connect in new ways.

Old World Wisconsin Foundation

This event is brought to you by the generosity of the Old World Foundation.

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Old Nick dressed in a red stocking hat, green vest, red neck tie and a white shirt. He's talking with a young boy.
child opening a barn door

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.



Join us for programs and events

The Wisconsin Historical Society and its historic sites and museums host programs and events for all year long. From fun family adventures, interactive workshops, young adult mixers, and book talks, there’s always something new to explore virtually and in person across the state.

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.

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Don’t forget—members receive free general admission and a 10% discount on special experiences.
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