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'Native People of Wisconsin' Guided Tour

Wisconsin Historical Museum Field Trip

'Native People of Wisconsin' Guided Tour | Wisconsin Historical Society

On this guided tour of the Wisconsin Historical Museum students will:

  • Get an in-depth look at Wisconsin archaeology, the fur trade, and the lifeways of Wisconsin's native people.
  • Be challenged to students to think critically about Wisconsin history and create personal connections to the past through museum exhibits.

Tour guides utilize the "Thinking Like a Historian" educational model, in which students are expected to actively participate by offering reactions and questions to their guide and classmates.

Wisconsin Historical Museum field trips support and enhance core language arts standards while uniquely providing a different learning environment for students. Museum programs support "Common Core English Language Arts Standards for Reading: Informational Text and Speaking and Listening." Program content and Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions standards will vary based on the personality of the content expert who guides the group through the Museum. Learn more about how our tours meet Wisconsin's standards.

EnlargeA tour guide explains a Native American exhibit.

A tour guide explains the lifeways of Wisconsin's native people

EnlargeThe inside of a wigwam, a winter home, was quite different from an Aztalan house, which was used year-round.

The inside of a wigwam, a winter home, was quite different from an Aztalan house, which was used year-round

Program Details
LengthOne hour
AvailabilityTuesday-Friday, Sep 15-Mar 1
Maximum group size80
LocationWisconsin Historical Museum located in downtown Madison at the corner of West Mifflin Street and North Carroll Street on the Capitol Square
LunchTime can be scheduled for students to visit the Museum store, watch a film in our theatre, or eat a sack lunch in our seasonal exhibit space
Grade LevelElementary students

$5 per student

$5 per adult chaperone, fees are waived for school employees

Schools with a 50 percent or greater economic disadvantage rate as determined by the Department of Public Instruction may qualify for reduced rates. Groups visiting during January and February may also qualify for fee reductions

Reserve Your Field Trip

Call our Tour Services Coordinator at 608-264-6557 or email us in advance to reserve your field trip. We will work with you to identify your group needs and tailor a program to enhance your Museum visit. Learn more about Museum Field Trip Reservations.

About the Wisconsin Historical Museum

The Museum features artifacts and exhibits that tell about the stories and shared experiences of the many cultures that settled in this remarkable state.

Directions, Transportation, Parking

To get directions, parking maps, and more, see Location and Directions to the Museum.

Learn More

To get the latest information our exhibits, field trip packages, and tips for a successful visit, see Wisconsin Historical Museum field trips.