What’s New at the Waukesha County Museum

The Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum has added several new exhibits and speakers for guests to enjoy, in addition to the permanent Les Paul Experience exhibit that features an immersive telling of the story of Les Paul. Learn more about these new experiences.

Music from Milwaukee to Waukesha

Learn about how local musicians and music influences in southeastern Wisconsin shaped the 19th and 20th centuries in the Music from Milwaukee to Waukesha exhibit. The exhibit that is a collaboration between the Milwaukee County Historical Society and Waukesha County Historical Society.

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary: Salvation Army of Waukesha County & More

If you have ever wondered how the Salvation Army has supported U.S. Military efforts in each conflict of the 20th century, you should stop by this on loan exhibit from the Salvation Army Central Territory Historical Museum.

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum Speaker Series

On the first Wednesday of each month, historians from across Wisconsin will participate in a new speaker series with local and regional perspectives on Waukesha history, suffrage, the Waukesha Fire Department, Circus World Museum, Encyclopedia of Milwaukee and more.

The speaker series will be held from 4-5pm and the cost is $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members and includes these dates/times:

  • August 7: Circus has a long history in Wisconsin from Ringling brothers to the circus parade. Presented by Peter Shrake, Archivist at the Robert L Parkinson Library & Research Center at Circus World Museum.
  • September 4: Creating online encyclopedias of local history takes countless hours of research, a bit of technological knowledge, and plenty of time in local research centers, reading rooms, and special collections. Learn more about the work of Encyclopedia of Milwaukee from project director Joseph B. Welzer, PhD in recording the history of our region.
  • October 2: (To be confirmed) Record stores became neighborhood fixtures in cities across the great lakes – from the heart of Motown to Brew City USA. Join us as we flip through some LP’s and revisit the days vinyl base musical discovery. Check back here for updates on this event.

More Smaller Exhibits and Event Space

There are three additional smaller exhibits to explore when you visit the museum:

    • World’s Combine: from Trading Post to Yankee Settlement
    • Women Earn the Vote
    • The Great War: Stories of WWII


After 120 years, the Historic Courthouse located in the same building as the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum has been transformed into a beautiful venue for events called Historic Courthouse 1893. The venue features a ballroom, bar, kitchen and a smaller breakout area perfect for large birthday parties or weddings. The dinner seating capacity of the ballroom is 300 guests and requires a minimum for food and beverages.

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