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!