Legends & Lore

Select Fri & Sat in October
5:30 – 9:30 PM

Eerie tales lurk in the dark, as legends and lore come to life in the woods. The veil is thin between this world and the next. What is real, and what is a legend?
Sponsored by WaterStone Bank

Legends & Lore

Select Fri & Sat in October
5:30 – 9:30 PM

Eerie tales lurk in the dark, as legends and lore come to life in the woods. The veil is thin between this world and the next. What is real, and what is a legend?

Old World Wisconsin is closed for general admission for the season! We will still be holding workshops, and other events through the end of the year, hope to see you there!

child opening a barn door

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.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Wisconsin Beer Run

Sponsored by Delafield Brewhaus

Sunday October 30 | 10AM

Step back in time as you race through Old World Wisconsin’s historic spaces. Your 5K journey will take you through scenic historic homes and buildings in full fall color offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse!

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.

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!


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.

And that’s a wrap!! We are officially closed for our general admission days for the 2022 season.

Thank you so much to everyone who visited us this season and for allowing us to be a part of so many special memories.

We will be sharing some of our favorite moments from this season over the next few days, but now it’s time to think ahead to our Legends and Lore Halloween event sponsored by WaterStone Bank!

Advance tickets are required and this event is expected to sell out! Tickets available online at wihist.org/3BSSwIs
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And that’s a wrap!! We are officially closed for our general admission days for the 2022 season.

Thank you so much to everyone who visited us this season and for allowing us to be a part of so many special memories. 

We will be sharing some of our favorite moments from this season over the next few days, but now it’s time to think ahead to our Legends and Lore Halloween event sponsored by WaterStone Bank!

Advance tickets are required and this event is expected to sell out! Tickets available online at https://wihist.org/3BSSwIs

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We always wish you’d be open one more month! The rain kept us away today. Thanks for all of the great weekends this year!

I wanted to “like” this, but at the same time I don’t.

See you next year!

Kind of looks like the Wizard of Oz set

What a perfect fall day we had on site today!!

We had so many excited guests who got to explore the Crossroads Village, Life on the Farms, and the Scandinavian Homesteads. We also had our last beer dinner of the season with special guest Lakefront Brewery.

Tomorrow is the last general admission day to come visit Old World Wisconsin. Thank you for a wonderful season - we can’t wait to finish strong with you tomorrow!!
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So after tomorrow you can't go there anymore?