History-Making Summer Camps

Give your kids a history-making summer experience through interactive summer camps for all ages at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, just 45 minutes from Milwaukee!

History-Making Summer Camps

Give your kids a history-making summer experience through interactive summer camps for all ages at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, just 45 minutes from Milwaukee!

Travel Through Time and the Stories of America’s Heartland

Experience the world of Wisconsin’s early immigrants at Old World Wisconsin.  Step into the daily lives of the people who called this world home as you help with chores and cooking, try your hand at crafts and trades, and play – yes, even the grown-ups! Help stoke the fire in the blacksmith shop, say hi to the farm animals, pick veggies in the gardens, dye and spin wool, roll pie crusts, collect chicken eggs, try on wooden clogs, race high-wheel bicycles, and sample tasty beer in the Brewhouse. This is where history comes alive! 


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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.

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.

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Happy Birthday to Laura Ingalls Wilder!

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born 156 years ago in Pepin, Wisconsin on February 7th, 1867.

Pepin, Wisconsin is the setting for the book, Little House in the Big Woods, which takes place in the early 1870’s. Laura lived in Wisconsin for 6 cumulative years, from her birth in 1867-1869 and then from 1871-1874.

When visiting Old World Wisconsin, many of our guests are transported to the world that Laura illustrated for us. Our 1840’s Norwegian Settlers Cabin is similar to the small, grey house Laura lived in, guests can even experience authentic folk hardanger fiddle in this space and be remined of Pa’s fiddle playing in the evenings by the light of an oil lamp.

Laura’s stories also bring vivid images of cooking in over a wood stove and bountiful gardens. These to are features at Old World Wisconsin that victors can see, touch, and smell during our daily experience.

Laura lived an exciting life, traveling around the Midwest for most of her early life. As an adult, she lived in Missouri with her husband, Almanzo Wilder. She became a writer and so did her daughter Rose. With Roses' help, Laura's childhood stories are some of the most famous children's books in the world.

If you want to explore even more of the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, check out our summer camp options this season! More information is available at wihist.org/3zj0RDJ
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Happy Birthday to Laura Ingalls Wilder! 

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born 156 years ago in Pepin, Wisconsin on February 7th, 1867.  

Pepin, Wisconsin is the setting for the book, Little House in the Big Woods, which takes place in the early 1870’s. Laura lived in Wisconsin for 6 cumulative years, from her birth in 1867-1869 and then from 1871-1874. 

When visiting Old World Wisconsin, many of our guests are transported to the world that Laura illustrated for us. Our 1840’s Norwegian Settlers Cabin is similar to the small, grey house Laura lived in, guests can even experience authentic folk hardanger fiddle in this space and be remined of Pa’s fiddle playing in the evenings by the light of an oil lamp.  

Laura’s stories also bring vivid images of cooking in over a wood stove and bountiful gardens. These to are features at Old World Wisconsin that victors can see, touch, and smell during our daily experience.  

Laura lived an exciting life, traveling around the Midwest for most of her early life. As an adult, she lived in Missouri with her husband, Almanzo Wilder. She became a writer and so did her daughter Rose. With Roses help, Lauras childhood stories are some of the most famous childrens books in the world. 

If you want to explore even more of the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, check out our summer camp options this season! More information is available at https://wihist.org/3zj0RDJImage attachmentImage attachment

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Laura was my grandfather's 7th cousin, his mother was born in Burr Oak, Iowa and her mother was an Ingalls, Grampa was born in Spring Valley MN, and there are a lot of Ingalls lived there

Laura is my Half 9th cousin twice removed first, however we relate multiple times thru family lines. We share my 10th Great-Grandfather, George Allen Sr. who had two wives of whom I am both a direct descendant. I was very excited to place her on my tree years ago.

Maybe Lily would like the “Little house on the Prairie “ book for her 13 birthday- or maybe her “summer read”.? Interesting that her birthday is today. Thanks. I am at Lutheran High today subbing. Nice- though I am sleepy. I just made my self a cup of regular coffee- lunch is early today Shortly after 11 am. What is your day like?

Signed up for the family camp! We can't wait

History relived here so well!

Ma and Pa Ingalls were married in Concord, WI, only a few miles from Old World Wisconsin...

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Our Spring 2023 PK-12 field trip calendar is filling up quickly!

We have classic field trip options to transport your class back in time to learn about historic trades, historic pastimes, and even historic "STEM".

Check out our classic field trip options via wihist.org/3YCsAKv and schedule your field trip today!
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Our Spring 2023 PK-12 field trip calendar is filling up quickly!

We have classic field trip options to transport your class back in time to learn about historic trades, historic pastimes, and even historic STEM. 

Check out our classic field trip options via https://wihist.org/3YCsAKv and schedule your field trip today!Image attachmentImage attachment

We are currently recruiting Tram Drivers for the 2023 season!

This position works under the Guest Services Manager and is central to transportation of guests out to visit all of the sights that Old World Wisconsin has to offer! Tram drivers offer a brief narration of the history of the site, daily experience, and programs as they travel and candidates must be able to maintain a positive, welcoming attitude while ensuring clear communication to guests!

If transporting guests through history is something that interests you, we would love to meet you!!

Job application and additional information can be found at wihist.org/3Dzyfbh
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2 days ago
We are currently recruiting Tram Drivers for the 2023 season!

This position works under the Guest Services Manager and is central to transportation of guests out to visit all of the sights that Old World Wisconsin has to offer! Tram drivers offer a brief narration of the history of the site, daily experience, and programs as they travel and candidates must be able to maintain a positive, welcoming attitude while ensuring clear communication to guests!

If transporting guests through history is something that interests you, we would love to meet you!! 

Job application and additional information can be found at https://wihist.org/3DzyfbhImage attachmentImage attachment

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I’d love to do that if it wasn’t so far away. The Polish house is my Great Grandmother’s house

I wish I lived a bit closer- this would be fun!!

Those drivers were awesome, provided lots of history/information as we drove around. Perfect for us Seniors!

Angela C Dart have you visited this place? Let's go next time we visit.

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