COVID-19 Updates: The Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites are closed. See a full list of COVID-19 Closures and Events here.

Wisconsin Journey


Experience first-hand what life was like for a group of 19th-century Swedish immigrants as they arrived in America and established a community in Wisconsin.

With the exception of the Wisconsin Journey Programming, the site is closed during the weekdays (Monday-Friday).

Wisconsin Journey guests will be paired with historic characters, and they will experience their immigrant journey including unpacking a trunk to discover what they brought with them from the old country. They will need to work together to overcome challenges as they establish their new life in Wisconsin. This immersive experience is based on the real-life stories of immigrants who arrived in 1843 when Wisconsin was just a territory. Guests will explore historical resources for clues as they consider what it was like for these immigrants in the 19th century to call Wisconsin, and America, home.

Wisconsin Journey Unpacking

Wisconsin Journey lasts 90 minutes and is limited to 16 guests per journey.

Dates: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from September 4 – October 25.

Time: Tours will take place 3 times a day, departing at 10:00AM, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm.

Cost: $12. Advanced registration is required. Members receive 10% off admission.