WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Birthplace of a Great State

Temporarily closed

for public programming in 2021

First Capitol remains closed for public programming for the 2021 season due to temporary staff reassignments to help the frontline efforts of COVID-19 for the state of Wisconsin. While our teams continue to focus on helping communities and families affected by COVID-19, we will continue to care for and invest in the physical infrastructure and collections at our historic sites. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of our site during this unprecedented time.
The patience and flexibility of our guests and supporters is what will allow the Wisconsin Historical Society to continue collecting, preserving, and sharing stories for generations to come.

Explore events and programs offered at some of our other historic sites using the links below!

Explore the Site

Kids standing in front of a building at First Capital

Before Madison became Wisconsin’s capital, the first territorial legislature met in the picturesque hamlet of Belmont to chart a path to statehood.

While the site is closed for public programming, explore what this historic site has to showcase.

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2021 Events & Programs at Other Historic Sites

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to Black Point Estate & Gardens, Circus World, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum for general admission and special experiences. Click the buttons below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

Temporarily closed

for public programming in 2021

First Capitol remains closed for public programming for the 2021 season due to temporary staff reassignments to help the frontline efforts of COVID-19 for the state of Wisconsin. While our teams continue to focus on helping communities and families affected by COVID-19, we will continue to care for and invest in the physical infrastructure and collections at our historic sites. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of our site during this unprecedented time.
The patience and flexibility of our guests and supporters is what will allow the Wisconsin Historical Society to continue collecting, preserving, and sharing stories for generations to come.

For Your Health and Safety


First Capitol Grounds
MAP & GUIDE

VISITOR GUIDE

Choose an Event by Type

Advance registration is required for all programs – call today to reserve a spot.

Face masks are required for all guests and staff and are available onsite as needed.

Each location is fulfilling an increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirement.

Maintain 6 feet or more space between yourself, other guests, and staff.

Before you visit, make sure to read the 2020 health and safety policies for Wisconsin Historical Society members and guests.

Read Here

Site Protocols

At each program and event, the following protocols will be enforced:

  • Reservations are required to visit any of our historic sites and museums*
  • To protect your safety and ours, face MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all guests and staff at our historic sites and museums
  • Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at all historic sites and museums
  • All events and programs will have a limited capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are properly followed, keeping the safety of employees and guests as the top priority
  • Disposable masks will be available onsite
  • All facilities will adhere to significantly increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building
  • Staff and guests who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay at home
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom

*There will be some exceptions to the reservation requirement for in-person shopping. Click here to learn what stores are available for in-person shopping.

Download our complete Know Before You Go PDF Here
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