Plan Your Visit

When you arrive at Old World Wisconsin, your journey to the past begins!

Your day starts on The Green, where you purchase tickets or a membership in the Ramsey Barn and can also purchase Time Travel Tokens – historic coins that let you shop like it’s 1880 in the Crossroads Village. New in 2018 – our Garden Shop, featuring seeds and tools to help you cultivate your own heirloom garden.

Once you enter the grounds, you can chose to travel across Old World Wisconsin on foot or complimentary tram to discover a rich tapestry of immigrant stories. Make sure to grab a map that will guide you through our 4 areas: Catch Wheel Fever!, Crossroads Village, Life on the Farms, and Scandinavian Homesteads.

Each area at Old World Wisconsin showcases different stories from Wisconsin’s immigrant past. As you tour at your own pace, you will find buildings that let you self-explore, gardens to wander through, and costumed staff ready to help you get hands-on with history. You will travel in time from the 1840s to the 1910s, experiencing daily life as you help with chores and cooking, try your hand at crafts and trades, and play – even the grownups!

We want everyone to have a fun and engaging day filled with stories and lots of questions. Our mission is to collect, preserve, and share stories; By visiting Old World Wisconsin you become a part of Wisconsin’s story. Welcome!


Adults (18-64) $19
Children (5-17)(children 4 and under are free) $10
Seniors (65 & older) $16

We accept all Discover Card; MasterCard; Visa; Check or Cash.

Wisconsin Historical Society Members FREE

Parking is Free. Fees include an all-day tram transportation pass.

Interactive Map here.

Hours and Directions


Closed for Season until May 5, 2018

  • From Milwaukee

    Downtown and Northern Suburbs: Take I-94 west to WI-67 (Oconomowoc exit). Head south on WI-67 approximately 15 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site.

    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

    Take I-94 east to WI-67 (Oconomowoc exit). Head south on WI-67 approximately 15 miles to Old World Wisconsin, following signs to the site.

  • 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: May 5—27

    Open Weekends: 10 am—5 pm

  • Summer: June 1—Sep 3

    Open Daily: 10 am—5 pm

  • Fall: Sept 8—Oct 14

    Open Weekends: 10 am—5 pm

  • Winter: Oct 15 - May 4

    Closed for the Season

  • Wisconsin Journey

    Wisconsin Journey
    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 a small-group 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.

    Resumes Fall 2018.


Wheelchair Access

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.

Service Animals

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.

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 more information on area hotels and amenities through the Waukesha County Tourism Initiative and the Visitors’ Bureau of Walworth County.

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.