WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Clausing Barn Café

Clausing Barn Café

Food and beverages are available in the Clausing Barn Café. Located in the old milking parlor in the lower level of the barn, enjoy a simple, seasonal lunch inspired by the immigrant kitchens at Old World Wisconsin. Cold drinks and premium ice cream is always available. Seating is located outside on the garden patio or inside the air-conditioned café. The Cafe is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, through October 14th.

Create Your Own Picnic

If you’d rather eat outdoors instead of in the café, we’ll be happy to pack your food to go. If you picnic on museum grounds, we ask that you don’t take food into the buildings. Please put any garbage into trashcans.

Facility Rental

The Clausing Barn is available for rental for weddings, private or corporate events, and group tours. Here is additional wedding information.

History of Clausing Barn

The barn was built in 1897 in Mequon (Ozaukee County) by German barn builder Ernst Clausing. Though Clausing built many octagonal barns, the barn that bears his name at Old World Wisconsin is among the few that survive.

Museum Store & Gift Certificates

Visit our charming on-site museum store to take a little of the Old World Wisconsin experience home with you.
You’ll find handcrafted soaps, cookies, baskets and other items that are sure to delight visitors of all ages, including:

    • books
    • old-fashioned games
    • T-shirts and gifts
    • prairie bonnets and quilts
    • hoops, sticks and other toys
    • seasonal treasures for your home

Enjoy 10 percent off store items as a Wisconsin Historical Society member. Become a member.

Gift Certificates

Share the experience of Old World Wisconsin with parents, grandparents, families and friends.
They all will be delighted by a gift they can use — when they choose.
Certificates are available in any denomination. They can be used both for general admission and for store purchases.

And, don’t forget to discover all of our animal breeds when you visit Old World Wisconsin.
Call 262-594-6311 or 262-594-6315 for more details.