Madison, WI – Beginning July 1, 2020, the Wisconsin Historical Museum will offer in-person, reservation-only walking tours. All tours must be reserved in advance and the number of guests will be limited.


“We are looking forward to welcoming guests to explore Madison with us,” said Mike Hollander, director of the Wisconsin Historical Museum. “There will be three walking tours for guests as well as virtual summer camps for kids this year.”


Walking tours with the museum include A Walk on Madison’s Weird Side, A Walk Through Women’s History and Hidden History of the Capitol Square. A Walk Through Women’s History is a new walking tour offered this year. This tour will take visitors through the Capitol square area to explore Wisconsin women who have influenced politics, education and social life in Madison and beyond.


Each walking tour will give guests an inside look at some of Madison’s history while walking through downtown locations. Guests should wear comfortable shoes and the tours will take place rain or shine.


The Museum is also offering three virtual summer camps, Wisconsin & the World, The Wisconsin Idea and Wisconsin Wild Things. These camps are designed for kids entering first through fifth grades. During these virtual summer camps, students will explore new things without leaving their homes. The camps will be adventure-filled, educational and they will spark camper’s interest in the city of Madison and the state.


For reservations, guests will need to call the museum at 608-264-6555. To see the full list of tours and programs visit the Wisconsin Historical Museum website.


The museum has also implemented enhanced health and safety measures that adhere to the Badger Bounce Back – State Government Edition at the site with the following guidelines:

  • Guests and staff will be asked to adhere to proper social distancing regulations, and it is highly recommended that face masks are worn while interacting
  • The number of visitors will be limited to ensure proper social distancing
  • Increased daily cleaning and sanitation schedules
  • Guests and staff who are exhibiting symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to stay home


There is also a “know before you go” guide to help guests before they arrive at the site. That can be found here.


“We greatly appreciate the flexibility and patience shown by our members, guests, supporters, and staff as we navigate this unprecedented circumstance together, and we look forward to this opportunity to reconnect with guests,” continued Hollander.


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