COVID-19 Updates: The Wisconsin Historical Society hours have changed. See a full list of COVID-19 Closures and Events HERE.

Wisconsin Historical Society

Visit Wisconsin Museums and Historic Sites

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2020 Updates

As of July 1, 2020, nine of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums are open for in-person, reservation-based special tours and programs!

Old World Wisconsin, Villa Louis, Stonefield, Circus World Museum, Wade House, Black Point Estate & Gardens, Madeline Island Museum, Wisconsin Historical Museum and H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum will offer reservation-based special tours and programs.

Pendarvis, Reed School and First Capitol will not reopen at this time.

Registration now available. See below for details.

Under the guidance of the Badger Bounce Back - State Government Edition, all locations offering programs will implement visitation protocols that will allow for unique historical experiences while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and guests.

Before you plan your visit, make sure to read the 2020 Wisconsin Historical Society health and safety policies for members and guests.

Read Here

2020 Events & Programs

These programs will be limited in capacity for the safety of guests and staff.

Check each event listing for details on how to register over the phone.

All 2020 Events

2020 Site Protocols

At each program and event, the following protocols will be enforced

  • Reservations are required to visit any historic site or museum*
  • All events and programs will have a limited capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are properly followed, keeping the safety of employees and guests as the top priority
  • Guests and staff will be asked to adhere to proper social distancing regulations, and it is highly recommended that face masks are worn while interacting
  • Disposable masks will be available onsite
  • All facilities will adhere to significantly increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building
  • Staff and guests who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay at home
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom

*There will be some exceptions to the reservation requirement for in-person shopping. Click here to learn what stores are available for in-person shopping.

See the full list of policies in place for 2020

2020 Sites Know Before You Go FAQ

Explore the Sites

Black Point Estate, a view of the tower and the rest of the building, the clouds are beautiful and really frame the building.

Black Point Estate & Gardens

A circus cart on a lawn, bright red, yellow, and orange colors.

Circus World

An old fashioned camera is set up facing a dramatic photo backdrop

H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum

Wood building with antlers attached. A sign reads Museum

Madeline Island Museum

A group of people bail hay out of an old fashioned cart

Old World Wisconsin

Pendarvis house at dusk,  orange colored brick and white trim windows and doors. A stone wall lines the house next to the road. The lamp is lit.


A older white couple holding hands and walking towards the Stonefield buildings


The Villa Louis Manor on a sunny day, victorian architecture on elegant display

Villa Louis

People visiting the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wade House

Wade House

Walking by the Capitol Square

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Inside the Reed School classroom, with vintage desks and a chalkboard

Reed School

The two historical buildings of Wisconsin's First Capital

First Capitol


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