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Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

#9 of 80 in Historic Sites in Wisconsin
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Old World Wisconsin is an open-air museum located near Eagle, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It depicts housing and the daily life of settlers in 19th-century Wisconsin, with separate areas representing the traditions of different ethnic groups who settled in the state. Costumed interpreters portray the occupations and chores of typical settlers of the time.

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  • Our grandchildren, ages 9 and 11 had a wonderful time visiting the various exhibits. The "residents" played their parts to the fullest, and the "visitors" (kids) jumped right in -- cleaning the farm.....  more »
  • we went to visit old world wi, and although it is always interesting to go there to see the buildings, in previous years, they were all staffed w people who played their period parts and gave great...  more »
  • Excellent experience it really seems like you are transported to an Old world right in the middle of this modern age back to simple times. I love the Tram but I really like the people that volunteer and work in the place that really have a love for what they demonstrate or show in the different stops. They actually have historical knowledge of their setting, extremely friendly and very welcoming and willing to discuss and talk about the history of the place you are standing in. Too bad we can't sort of get back to a simpler way of life. I will definitely going back another time in the future we spent almost 6 hours there and it only felt like a couple. Too many things to write about and I don't want to put a small book on this review you have to go your self if you actually want to explore, touch, and interact with a piece of history instead of just read about it in a book. The staff is extremely friendly and excited to help and tell you about the area or building that you are in. I especially enjoyed the black Smith that was an awesome demonstration, the young lady explained everything about her whole process of making a simple metal hook, and truly was working with her hands and enjoying it.
  • Sadly the normal amazing experience during weekdays has been replaced by a very unimpressive tour. My kids were disappointed and honestly we were all a little board. I would not recommend going on a weekday. Go on a weekend and get the real Old World Experience. I understand needing to make changes but It would have been nice to have the tour a little more engaging.
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