Wisconsin Museums & History

There are many reasons why Wisconsinites are proud to call this state home — one of them is our rich history. And with many interactive museums and attractions to explore, learning about history, heritage and culture in Wisconsin is something unforgettable.

Explore Native American Heritage

Native Culture in Wisconsin is vibrant and resilient, and museums across the state immerse you in Indigenous history and culture.

An hour from Green Bay, the Menominee Indian Tribe Cultural & Logging Museum teaches about the Menominee Tribe. Find other immersive Native American heritage experiences at the Ojibwe Museum & Cultural Center or the Oneida Nation Museum.

More Museums, Hands-on & Interactive

From a history museum in a castle to the art and artifacts in the State Capitol, there’s a lot more to discover in Wisconsin museums.

In Milwaukee, the kids will love Discovery World. With exhibits themed around science and technology, your family won’t stop talking about all the hands-on experiences. Dive deep into a variety of topics from history to art to science at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

For generations, the Great Lakes have shaped the Wisconsin way of life, and our maritime museums make lake history fun and interactive. Visit the largest on the Great Lakes, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, in Manitowoc to experience life on a submarine during WWII and kids will love the Children’s Waterways Room where they can build and sail their own boat.

Another must-see Wisconsin gem, Circus World in Baraboo chronicles the history of the American circus at the site where the Ringling brothers began their show in 1884.