New Wisconsin History Museum set to open in the next five years

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The completion date for the national and state museum of Wisconsin has been set for 2026 according to the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS). This comes after the society recently announced the final siting for the new state history museum which keeps the building adjacent to the State Capitol building, on the Capitol Square in Madison. The Wisconsin Historical Foundation will purchase the properties from 20-22 adjacent on North Carroll Street to the current Wisconsin Historical Museum on the Capitol Square for the development of the new museum with the help of Fred and Mary Mohs and the Mohs family.

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Through programs and exhibitions curated for guests of all backgrounds and ages, the facility will share wide-ranging perspectives from the past and present. This will also bring historical context to the ever-growing and expansive American history collection of national significance. The Wisconsin History Museum will house both temporary and permanent galleries which will allow the society to present stories for national, regional, and local audiences. Visitors will enter spaces that engage every sense through images and objects, rotating art, sounds

“The new history museum will highlight stories that connect communities and visitors to the world, the region, and our state. We are very excited to be able to keep our commitment to our residents and we are grateful for the support and enthusiasm from donors, the state, and communities throughout Wisconsin and the nation to open a new museum in 2026. By expanding our current space, we will be able to build a new history museum that will exhibit and connect our stories with all the numerous counties in Wisconsin. It will also allow the Society to provide greater access to our treasured Wisconsin and American history collections,” said the director and CEO of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Hartley Barker.