Home for the Holidays

Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our ancestors and create your own memories.

Home for the Holidays

Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our ancestors and create your own memories.

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Travel Through Time and the Stories of America’s Heartland

Old World Wisconsin includes 60 beautifully restored historic structures, relocated from throughout Wisconsin, on over 600 acres of picturesque landscape. Through stories of perseverance, you explore the lives of those who came before us – connecting people and inspiring understanding. Your day will be fun, engaging, enriching, and authentic as you encounter history by exploring sensory-rich spaces, stories, and hands-on activities.  

Each area at Old World Wisconsin showcases different stories. As you travel through time from the 1840s to the 1910s, you will find historic spaces to explore, gardens and trails to wander through, and costumed staff ready to help you get hands on with history. You will also meet a variety of animals that helped our ancestors survive and thrive in America’s Heartland. Experience the daily life of the people who called these buildings home as you help with chores and cooking, try your hand at crafts and trades, and play – yes, even the grownups! 

MORE TIME FOR FUN!

Planning your visit is easier than ever with advance online ticketing. Purchase your tickets today and make more time for fun on your next adventure.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Wisconsin Beer Run

Sponsored by Delafield Brewhaus

Sunday October 30 | 10AM

Step back in time as you race through Old World Wisconsin’s historic spaces. Your 5K journey will take you through scenic historic homes and buildings in full fall color offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse!

The five fermentation vats (one for each day of brewing during the summer season) and kegs shown as equipment is moved into the new Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin in preparation for the June 2022 grand opening events. Taken 2.24.22 by Dan Freas

The Brewhouse

Now Open!

From large breweries to corner bars, big labels to modern microbrews, beermaking is a huge part of Wisconsin’s culture and heritage.

HAVE YOU HEARD?!

Old World Wisconsin has been voted the #1 place to take kids in the Milwaukee area! Travel through time and experience the stories of America’s heartland with hand-on activities and fun for the whole family!


NEW ARRIVALS: A CAMPAIGN

A newly constructed Brewing Experience building, combined with relocated historic Wittnebel’s Tavern and a festive outdoor Beer Garden, will allow Old World Wisconsin guests to celebrate Wisconsin’s brewing traditions like never before.

CREATING AN IMMERSIVE WELCOME EXPERIENCE AT OLD WORLD WISCONSIN

The Wisconsin Historical Society is excited to open the brand new Brewhouse at Old World Wisconsin in 2022. This building is just the first new structure completed as part of a $5.5 million project that represents the first two phases of a larger, multi-year master plan to transform the site’s entry area with a reimagined Welcome Experience.

Best Deal in History!

Becoming a member is the best way to explore Wisconsin history. Members get free admission to our historic sites and discounts on special events!


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Stories of early immigrant settlers come to life as you explore homes, farms, and gardens at this hands on living history experience.

A special event coming up after Home For The Holidays on Saturday! This event includes a fun treat that you can take home to test your new chocolate and beer pairing skills.

Register while tickets are still available! Tickets can be purchased at wihist.org/3VtJNDERaise a glass and prepare your taste buds as we combine two of Wisconsin’s favorite holiday treats: chocolates and beer, at Cheers & Chocolates Holiday Beer Pairing at Old World Wisconsin on December 10!

Step into the site's beautiful Clausing Barn and experience the magic of local winter beer flavors paired with hand-made truffles from Milwaukee’s own Indulgence Chocolatiers.

This event immediately follows Home of the Holidays at Old World Wisconsin. Tickets to this event must be purchased separately.

Buy your tickets now: wihist.org/3VtJNDE
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A special event coming up after Home For The Holidays on Saturday! This event includes a fun treat that you can take home to test your new chocolate and beer pairing skills.

Register while tickets are still available! Tickets can be purchased at https://wihist.org/3VtJNDE

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Highly recommend! Had so much fun last Sat!

Santa and Krampus met up to exchange notes about the naughty and nice list after Home For The Holidays this weekend!

What a special weekend it was. We had so many families out to experience the Christmastime traditions that make the holidays special for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend. Remember that we have one more weekend of Home For The Holidays ahead of us! Tickets and tokens are still available at wihist.org/3AobWUv
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3 days ago
Santa and Krampus met up to exchange notes about the naughty and nice list after Home For The Holidays this weekend!

What a special weekend it was. We had so many families out to experience the Christmastime traditions that make the holidays special for everyone. 

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend. Remember that we have one more weekend of Home For The Holidays ahead of us! Tickets and tokens are still available at https://wihist.org/3AobWUv

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Thank you! It was such a fun holiday event! Beautiful weather to be outdoors today!

We loved it and it has become part of our holiday tradition. We would love the recipe for the Plum Pudding they had samples of. Thank you

We loved it! And met up with both Santa and Krampus.

We had a great time with members fellow member of the Photo Pictorialists of Milwaukee, our 100+ years-old photography club. Thank you!

Melissa Randle

Maria Ankele

Massage me for your favorite Trees🎄🎄

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Krampus was roaming the village today during Home for the Holidays. He will be back on the prowl tomorrow looking for the naughty boys and girls. Come out a join us for a day filled with seasonal family fun! oldworldwisconsin.org ... See MoreSee Less

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Krampus was roaming the village today during Home for the Holidays. He will be back on the prowl tomorrow looking for the naughty boys and girls. Come out a join us for a day filled with seasonal family fun! oldworldwisconsin.org