Start your history road trip!

Opening Sat. May 25

Pick up your 2024 Member PastPort and start collecting stamps when you visit First Capitol! Redeem your stamps for discounts or even a free year of membership! Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.

Start your history road trip!

Opening Sat. May 25

Pick up your 2024 Member PastPort and start collecting stamps when you visit First Capitol! Redeem your stamps for discounts or even a free year of membership! Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.

Get the Best Deal in History 

Wisconsin Historical Society members receive unlimited free admission to our 11 historic sites and museums, a complimentary annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, merchandise discounts and more. Join at the Family level and above for added benefits and discounts at over 1,200 organizations nationwide! 

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Discover the Birthplace of Wisconsin Government 

Madison has long been Wisconsin’s capital city, but the first 40 laws were made 50 miles southwest, here in Belmont. Welcome to Wisconsin’s First Capitol, where for just 46 days in 1836 representatives met to lay the foundation for our state’s government. Immerse yourself in the world of these founders, walking through the buildings and rooms where these important decisions were made. 


FIELD TRIPS & GROUP TOURS

two boys and their mother looking at a display

Field Trips

The best day of your school year awaits! Don’t just read about history, experience it! Field Trips at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums allow students to step into the worlds they’re studying through fun adventures and engaging experiences around the state for grades k-12.  

Group Tours

Travel Together Through Time and bring your group tour to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s sites and museums. Experience the worlds and wonders of Wisconsin’s past. Book your group tour today! Tours include private guide(s) that can be customized to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Start your history road trip!

Pick up your 2024 Member PastPort and start collecting stamps when you visit First Capitol! Redeem your stamps for discounts or even a free year of membership! Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.


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Discover the rugged origins of the first capitol of Wisconsin Territory, where legislators laid down the framework for the current state government.

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As the start of several upcoming site improvements, we have Fink Fencing out of Platteville on site today. The team is installing a fence at the back of the property. Archaeologists were on site to monitor the project. Stay tuned for more upcoming projects! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are hiring!

We are hiring for our facilities manager position at Villa Louis. This full-time position is responsible for supporting the management of Villa Louis facilities and infrastructure by monitoring and facilitating contractor activities, minor restoration & construction, ensuring equipment and building systems are operational, janitorial duties, addressing all maintenance needs, along with managing and performing landscaping and lawn care. For a full position description and details on the application process visit bit.ly/3U2EVHE

All applications must be submitted online using the provided link. The position closes on April 25. Questions can be directed to jan.zadra@wisconsinhistory.org or (608) 264-6409.
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