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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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Wednesday – Friday

10 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30PM
(Guided Tours)

Saturday – Sunday

10 AM – 5 PM
(Self Exploration)


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Wednesday – Friday

Guided Tour Pricing
Wisconsin Journeys

Adult (13+): $12
Member: FREE

Recommended for 13+

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Saturday – Sunday

Self-Exploration Pricing

Adults (13-64): $20
Senior (65+): $18
Youth (5-12): $10
Child (under 5): FREE
Member: FREE

Food & Gifts

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Ramsey Barn Grill Station

Ramsey Barn Grill Station offers food for guests while they are visiting Old World Wisconsin. Saturday and Sunday there will be hot and delicious grilled items available. Whenever Old World Wisconsin is open Ramsey Barn Grill offers grab-and-go items, including ploughman’s lunches!

Crossroads Creamery

Stay cool after a fun day of exploration by enjoying a scoop of ice cream. The Crossroads Creamery at Old World Wisconsin provides unique flavors that everyone will enjoy. Life is sweet, especially after trying the Honey Bear-y flavor.

Clausing Barn Cafe

The Clausing Barn Cafe is temporarily closed for the season.

A fully stocked gift shop at Old World Wisconsin! Sheep pillows, food and drinks, books about the area and the history, food stuff, and other fun gift items.


The Ramsey Barn

Visit the museum store to take a little of the Old World Wisconsin experience home with you. You’ll find favorites like lavender soap and yarn from Old World’s sheep, along with handmade textiles and leather goods, gifts, jewelry, and inspirations for your home or hobby.

Many of the items we sell in store are available online. Explore the gifts and books that are for sale!


Field Trips

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Virtual & In-person Programs!

Get ready to give your young learners the best field trip memory of the year. WHS is excited to bring back our popular sensory-rich, wonder-filled, on-site Field Trips at our historic sites and museums. We are also continuing our live, interactive online programs to bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your classroom!

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Exploring Old World Wisconsin: How long does a visit take?

If it’s your first visit, we recommend you spend the full day. Most guests stay about 5 hours. This gives you time to explore the full 600 acres, have lunch, and not feel rushed. Many Wisconsin Historical Society Members come for a 2 or 3 hour visit a few times a season. This lets them visit their favorite spaces at different times in the season – which means new flowers, animals, and activities each time they visit!

Can I bring my own food?

Guests are allowed to bring their own lunches if they wish. We do, however, offer lunches and cold drinks for purchase, including the popular Ploughman’s lunch – a selection of local cheeses and meats perfect to take to one of our many shaded picnic spots. Please note that grills or any open fire are not allowed.

Can I bring my dog?

Pets are not allowed at Old World Wisconsin out of consideration of our many heritage animals who call the museum home. Service Animals are allowed, but must be registered at Admissions before entering the site.

What type of shoes should I wear?

We recommend closed-toe shoes for all guests. Our paths are gravel and the terrain may be uneven. Flip flops and heels can make for a long and sore day. Shoes are required for all guests.

Can I bring a stroller or wagon?

Of course! We do recommend strollers and wagons that fold. All strollers and wagons must be folded up before you can load them on to our Trams. Strollers and wagons must be left outside of our historic structures. Often the doorways may prevent access, and once inside the size of the wagon or stroller may become a barrier in the event of an emergency. Thank you in advance for help keep all guests to Old World Wisconsin safe.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

Because Old World Wisconsin simulates the rural environment of the 1800s and early 1900s, some historic spaces have limited accessibility. This is due to unpaved paths, narrow doorways, and thresholds that are historically correct, although often not accessible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Trams are equipped to transport visitors using wheelchairs. Call ahead to make arrangements at 262-594-6315.

Can I use credit card?

Yes. Credit cards can be used for tickets, in the Museum Store, and to grab lunch at the Market Stand. We also recommend picking up Time Travel Tokens to use once on site. These can be purchased when you arrive, or in the Museum Store.

What are the Time Travel Tokens used for?

Time Travel Tokens are a great way to shop in the Crossroads Village like it’s the 1870s! These can be purchased when you arrive at admissions or in the Museum Store. Use them to shop for handmade objects and treats at the Blacksmith Shop, Shoe Shop, and General Store. Tokens are a great way to put history in the hands of your young guests, or to treat yourself!

Do you have to walk everywhere?

Not if you don’t want to! Many guests love to walk the many, scenic trails ad take in the fresh air and beautiful views. We do offer free hop-on-hop-off tram service through our beautiful grounds across the full site Thursdays through Sundays.

Are there modern restrooms?

We love all things historic – but not the bathrooms! We have modern restrooms across the site. You will find these noted on your map, or just ask any staff person for the nearest location.

Are there changing stations?

All of our restrooms–men’s and women’s – include baby changing stations. We also know that sometimes you just need to change a diaper right in the yard… so that’s ok too! Trash bins are located across the site, and staff can direct you to the nearest one if needed.

Is there a Mothers' Room?

We respect the right of all parents to feed their children when, how, and where they wish. However, if you need a little space, we do have a dedicated Mother’s Room located in the Admissions building. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Can I take photographs?

Of Course! Photos are welcome all over Old World Wisconsin. We encourage you to share these on social media by tagging us with @WisconsinHistoricalSociety and #ExploreWisconsinHistory on Instagram or Old World Wisconsin on Facebook! Our one request is that tripods not be used inside our historic structures. This is to protect the walls and floors. All Professional photographers and those wishing to conduct photo shoots must check in at Admissions before entering the site.


Not sure where to begin? Your Old World Wisconsin admission ticket opens the door to a world of possibilities. Use our suggested itineraries to make the most of your adventure!

Weekend Suggested Itineraries

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Old World Wisconsin



Because Old World Wisconsin simulates the rural environment of the 1800s and early 1900s, all the exhibit areas have limited accessibility. This is due to the scale used in historic restorations and the rural setting. Old World Wisconsin is committed to reviewing the accessibility issue and improving access for all. In the interim, guests in wheelchairs and electric scooters are offered complimentary admission to Old World Wisconsin.

Service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other pets are not allowed on the grounds.

No guns, knives, or weapons allowed on premises.

Our Team is trained in Universal Design and understands that each guest experiences, processes, and accesses stories in their own way. We train with staff with from the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and are happy to follow your lead when it comes to making your visit to Old World Wisconsin the stuff of memories. Just let us know how we can help!

Our site is full of beautiful historic structures, but sometimes steps and thresholds prevent access for those with mobility considerations. Our staff is happy to join you in the yards and gardens to make your experience as rich as possible. Tram Drivers are always happy to assist with transportation around the site and offer tips on their favorite accessible spots.

Field Trips are busy, exciting days for students and staff at Old World Wisconsin. When we have advance notice of any accessibility considerations we can work to make sure that everything is in place for a fantastic day.

We train with staff with from the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin and are happy to follow your lead when it comes to making your visit to Old World Wisconsin the stuff of memories. Just let us know how we can help!


Old World Wedding


Old World Wisconsin prides itself on providing everything needed to make your event historic. The site has beautiful and unique locations that help our clients stand out from the crowd and provide the perfect backdrop for weddings, reunions, and other private events.

Your event tells an exciting story and adds another page in the history of Old World Wisconsin.

We are proud to have your day become a part of that history.

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