Historical Attractions in Wisconsin with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Wisconsin!)

Wisconsin is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Badger State  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Wisconsin’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Wisconsin when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Historic Point Basse

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    Nekoosa

    A historic day out at Point Basse, taking you back to the early settlers lives on what was once a Native American trail.

  • Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

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    Wisconsin Dells

    Inspire your imagination and unlock the secrets to a universe of fun! With over 150 hands-on activities, this interactive science center will have you guessing, thinking and exploring the world of ...

  • Discovery World

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    Milwaukee

    Prepare for an awesome journey that will take you through technical wonders, mystical and innovative exhibits, and natural splendor. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for ...

  • Barlow Planeterium

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    Menasha

    The Barlow Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley opened to the public on March 20, 1998. This is a world-class facility for 3-D excitement, giant full-color special effects and ...

  • Paper Discovery Center

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    Appleton

    From historical photos of people, buildings, and machines to samples of pulp and paper, there's lots to touch, smell, and examine. Play space included.

  • Old World Wisconsin

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    Eagle

    Who knew history could be so fun?! Explore life in the late 1800s/early 1900s in a very hands-on way. Dig into some 19th century chores, meet farmers and learn what life was really like working and ...

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  • Northwoods Childrens Museum

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    Eagle River

    24 fun interactive exhibits in this Wisconsin children's museum! Gadgets and hands-on fun are waiting for the family to enjoy and play - parents that includes you!

  • Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock

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    Sturgeon Bay

    When in the northern part of the Door Peninsula, be sure to visit the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock. The newly remodeled facility features the fishing tug Hope built in 1930 by Sturgeon ...

  • The Fairfield Contemporary Art Museum

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    Sturgeon Bay

    The Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art occupies a landmark 1907 building in the historic center of Sturgeon Bay, WI. It houses a permanent collection of over 200 works of art as well as ...

  • Oshkosh Public Museum

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    Oshkosh

    A kid-friendly local history museum. Travel back in time with family-friendly exhibits that bring the region's history to life, watch the famous Apostles Clock chime the hour, stroll through the 1908 ...

  • Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology

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    Chippewa Falls

    Welcome to CFMIT! We interpret a rich, varied history of manufacturing and processing that began here in the 1840\'s and continues today. As we relate the story of industry, we teach about the area ...

  • Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bike Museum

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    Sparta

    The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing an understanding and encouraging an interest and appreciation in the career of Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton, History of ...

  • Circus World Museum

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    Baraboo

    A fun and interesting collection of fascinating circus artifacts - it might even be the largest in the world! Historic circus fun for the whole family in Wisconsin!

  • Wisconsin Maritime Museum

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    Manitowoc

    Welcome to a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers ...

  • Childrens Museum of La Crosse

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    La Crosse

    Learning and fun rolled into one! Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday parties, gift shop, field trips, summer day camps, special programs, and more. For ages 1-12 with adult companions.

  • National Railroad Museum

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    Green Bay

    At the National Railroad Museum we strive to introduce visitors to a chapter in national history that brought wealth and modernity to millions of Americans. Learning about the history of rail allows ...

  • Chippewa Valley Museum

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    Eau Claire

    the exciting and intertwining stories of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley is to visit the nationally recognized Chippewa Valley Museum, located in Eau Claire. We offer award-winning exhibits, ...

  • Railroad Memories Museum

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    Spooner

    THE RAILROAD MEMORIES MUSEUM is housed in the former Chicago & Northwestern Railway depot and has been transformed into a museum packed with artifacts and memorabilia of railroad history and is ...

  • The History Museum

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    Appleton

    Inside the walls of the History Museum, the past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of the Fox Valley. Our mission is to inspire appreciation for the rich history of ...

  • Betty Brinn Children's Museum

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    Milwaukee

    Active and creative kids up to 10 years can learn through play at this Milwaukee children's museum!

  • The Building for Kids

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    Appleton

    Amazing interactive experiences for kids of all ages that inspire, teach, and allow those imaginations to flow! From dragons, to towns and storybook characters.

  • Milwaukee Public Museum

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    Milwaukee

    From dinosaurs to the hall of shells this is a fascinating and child friendly stop covering a vast range of specialist topics with an ever changing selection of exhibitions.

  • Madison Childrens Museum

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    Madison

    Features include art studio, interactive gear and water exhibits, restored log cabin with period activities, and two unique and highly imaginative eco play areas with one for under 5s and one for ...

  • MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

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    Poynette

    Feaures include hands on in and outdoor live wildlife exhibits, self guided nature trails, museums, a fire tower and large picnic area.

  • Plymouth Arts Center

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    Plymouth

    A cultural day out with the family at this Arts Center in Plymouth. With art galleries and exhibits for kids to explore and take in, it can make a relaxing and artistic family day out.

  • UW Geology Museum

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    Madison

    Take a journey into the deep history of Wisconsin at this fascinating Geology Museum, with hands-on learning for kids!

  • Mid Continent Railway Museum

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    North Freedom

    Experience this outdoor, living museum recreating the "Golden Age of Railroading" back in the 19th century! Locomotive fun for kids in Wisconsin!

  • Great Scott

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    Mukwonago

    An entreatingly fun magic show with kid-sized fun suitable for the whole family.

  • Wizard Quest

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    Wisconsin Dells

    Wizard Quest is the leader in computer interactive games played in a live setting. The setting is a 13000 square foot fantasy, themed labrynth (called the quadrasphere).

  • Ghost Out-Post Haunted House

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    Wisconsin Dells

    Are you afraid of the Dark?? Have you ever been hunted by a man-eating rat? Do you know how it feels to be trapped in a maze with twisted torture victims? In the Ghost Out-Post Haunted House you ...

  • Bay Beach Wildlife Emporium

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    The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful 700-acre urban wildlife refuge. We are one of the largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Sites in Wisconsin. We are also Green Bay's largest city park. The ...

  • Wildwood Wildlife Park

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    Minocqua

    Looking for an unforgettable family adventure? Visit the one and only northwoods zoo. Everyone from tots and teens to couples and seniors, WILDWOOD WILDLIFE PARK guarantees the best entertainment ...

  • Wilderness Walk Zoo and Recreation

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    Hayward

    This 35 acre animal farm and recreation center has farm animals, a picnic area, wild animals, a maze, playground and walks. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Milwaukee County Zoo

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    Milwaukee

    More than 2,275 creatures are waiting in this family friendly zoo, with workshops, concerts and food festivals too! A fun animal filled day out for all ages in Milwaukee!

  • Timbavati Wildlife

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    Wisconsin Dells

    Experience an up close and personal encounter with a variety of animals guaranteed to give you memories for a lifetime. Enjoy the new Camel Ride or a take stroll around the Storybook Gardens, this ...