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

Wisconsin Historical Society

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COVID-19 Closures and Event Updates

COVID-19 Closures and Event Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society

In compliance with health emergency orders from Governor Tony Evers and Andrea Palm, Secretary Designee, Department of Health Services, the Society’s Headquarters Building, State Archive Preservation Facility, Atlas Lab on Atlas Avenue in Madison, the historic sites and museums, our operations at the Water Council in Milwaukee and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland will be closed to all non-essential staff and the public until further notice.

Read the full order here

Historic Preservation

The State Historic Preservation Office is currently working remotely. Please contact the appropriate program area at If you have additional questions please send an email to 

Library & Archives

On Monday, June 29 the Wisconsin Historical Society Library will start offering requested items from the library for those who have a UW-Madison ID or a Wisconsin Historical Society library card. To request items patrons should visit the library’s catalog at and request the item they need. All items that are available will be listed as “requestable”. Patrons will pick up items at the UW- Madison Memorial Library and not at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library. For questions, please contact the library directly at We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience.  

For questions and FAQs regarding library services please visit here.

You can also email questions to our library and archives staff at or

Wisconsin Historical Society Sites and Museums

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! 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. Visit for the full list of programs and tours.

All events and programs have limited capacity and will require an advanced reservation. Check each event listing for details on how to register over the phone. Read this "Know Before You Go" document before you visit one of the historic sites.

We are committed to the safety of our guests and staff and will continue to monitor the situation. All updates may change without notice and will be communicated out via email, this page and social media.


BIG History Is Happening

A big moment in history is happening right now. COVID-19 is having a major impact on all of our lives. As we practice social distancing, and spend more time at home, it is easy to feel isolated from the things you love. We know how much you love history, and until we can welcome you back to the Society, the Library & Archives, and our sites and museums, we are going to bring more history straight to you! 

While we are closed we encourage the public to explore our resources online, we have staff working behind the scenes to bring content and information through our different channels. Please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on facebook.

BIG History is Happening

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through these changes and thank our members and guests for their continued support of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

No known cases of the virus have been reported by any of our volunteers, staff or visitors. Our facilities team has increased cleaning and sanitizing frequencies in all of our buildings as an additional precautionary measure.


Special event changes will be updated on our website at:  

If you have purchased tickets for a special event, information about refunds or rescheduled dates will be communicated to you via email in the near future. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes. Thank you again for your continued support of the Wisconsin Historical Society.