Learn about your Wisconsin ancestors' lives at these museums and living history spots.
Circus World Museum
550 Water St.
Baraboo, WI 53913
Located on the site of the original Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters, this museum features demonstrations, shows and exhibits of lavish costumes, colorful wagons and rare circus posters.
Heritage Hill State Historical Park
2640 S. Webster Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54301
Tour 25 historic buildings dating from 1672 to 1905 and interact with costumed interpreters representing four eras as they go about their day-to-day activities.
Madeline Island Historical Museum
La Pointe, WI 54850
The museum preserves artifacts from the fur trade between the French voyageurs and the native Ojibwe. It sits on a 42-square-mileisland in Lake Superior that boasts wooded trails, beaches, fishing, sailing, tennis and golf.
Mid-Continent Railway Museum
E8948 Diamond Hill Road
North Freedom, WI 53951
Take a train ride through the past at this outdoor living history center and operating railroad. Movies, exhibits, train displays and special events re-create and interpret the small-town way of life during the golden age of the railroad, 1880 to 1916.
Old Wade House
Greenbush, WI 53026
Annual events at this historic stagecoach inn include a Civil War Weekend and a re-enactment of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Old World Wisconsin
S103 W37890 Highway 67
Eagle, WI 53119
This historic re-creation on 600 acres of wooded hills depicts 19th-century village and farm life in German, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Yankee and African-American settlements.
State Agricultural Museum
Cassville, WI 53806
Exhibits tell the story of Wisconsin agriculture from early subsistence farming to the age of industrialization. The collections include implements manufactured by Cyrus McCormick, ranging from miniature models to a full-size 1865 McCormick reaper.
Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau
701 Superior St.
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
201 West Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53708