WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Farmer walks down the road with his team of oxen

Plan Your Visit


PLAN YOUR VISIT

At Old World Wisconsin travel in time from the 1840s to the 1910s at your own pace, either on foot or by complimentary tram, and discover a rich tapestry of immigrant stories.

HOURS & DIRECTIONS

CURRENT HOURS

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

There is road construction on WI-67 that affects the route to Old World Wisconsin from I-94. The direction tabs describe available detour routes.

  • From Milwaukee

    Downtown and Northern Suburbs: WI-67 is closed until 9/7/18 due to bridge construction. The detour is to take I-94 west to WI-83 (Delafield exit). Take WI-83 south until US-18 and take the roundabout west. Take US-18 to WI-67. Head south on WI-67 approximately 12 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site. For details on the closure, visit the DOT website.

    South Milwaukee and Southern Suburbs: Take I-894 to US-43 to WI-83 in Mukwonago. Head north on WI-83 to CR-NN, then west on CR-NN to WI-67 in Eagle. Head south on WI-67 to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site.

  • From Madison

    WI-67 is closed until 9/7/18 due to bridge construction. The detour is to take I-94 west to WI-83 (Delafield exit). Take WI-83 south until US-18 and take the roundabout west. Take US-18 to WI-67. Head south on WI-67 approximately 12 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site. For details on the closure, visit the DOT website.

  • From Chicago

    Lake Shore and Southern Suburbs: Take I-94 north toward Wisconsin. Exit WI-20 at Racine. Continue west on WI-20 to WI-67. Go north on WI-67 an additional eight miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site.

    West and Northwest Suburbs: Take US-12 to WI-67 in Elkhorn. Go north on WI-67 an additional 14 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following the signs to the site.

  • Spring

    Open Weekends: 10 am—5 pm

    For further information, call 262-594-6301 or contact us by email.

  • Summer

    Open Daily: 10 am—5 pm
    Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Fall

    Open Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 8- Oct 14.

    Please join us for Legends and Lore on October 19, 20, 26 and 27th.

  • Winter

    Closed for the season.

    Please join us for an Old World Christmas on Dec 1, 2, 8, and 9th.

  • WISCONSIN JOURNEY

    Step into the past with us.

    This new 90 minute interactive, guided experience will give you exclusive access to select buildings, landscapes and collections at Old World Wisconsin as you travel the path of immigrant families coming to Wisconsin and becoming American. A costumed host will lead small-groups of not more than 16 guests to three of our historic structures where you will put yourselves in the shoes of early immigrants. You will explore choices, hold history in your hands and make connections to your own family story.

    Learn More

    Resumes Fall 2018.

ADMISSIONS

Adults (18-64):$19
Children (5-17, children under 5 are free):$10
Seniors (65 & older): $16
Wisconsin Historical Society Members: FREE

We accept all forms

Parking is FREE. Admission fees include all-day unlimited access to our tram transportation.

Guests line up to meet an ox

ACCESSIBILITY

Because Old World Wisconsin simulates the rural environment of the 1800s and early 1900s, some exhibit areas have limited accessibility. This is due to the scale used in historic restorations and the rural setting.
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.

While no pets are allowed on the museum grounds, service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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!

NEARBY HOTELS

  • Waukesha County

    Old World Wisconsin is located in southwest Waukesha County, just over the border from Walworth County, near the village of Eagle.
    Home to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, vibrant arts communities, cultural venues steeped in history, and plentiful resorts and recreation spots, the area offers a dynamic mix of rustic charm and urban amenities.

    Find places to stay in the Waukesha and Pewaukee Area.

  • In the Area

    For more information on restaurants, hotels and other attractions near Old World Wisconsin, visit our sister site Travel Wisconsin. For information on bed & breakfast options in the area, including the Eagle Centre House Bed and Breakfast, visit the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association.