Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn Program Series

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, visit the museum for lunch and a new presentation with themes from WWII to music to photography and more!  Each program lasts from 11:30am-1pm.  Fee: $10 per Member and $12 per Non-Member, includes lunch and museum admission.  Registration is required by the Friday before each program date.  To register, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext  224  or email at education@wchsm.org.

  • November 12, “Easy Days Quartet” – Enjoy lunch, then a performance by the Easy Days Quartet!  This award-winning a cappella group will sing favorites from the 30s and 40s, sure to bring back memories!
  • December 10, “German Holiday Traditions” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by the Elmbrook Historical Society on the holiday traditions from Germany in the past and of the German immigrants settling in this area in the 1800s.
  • January 14,Growing Girls of Courage, Confidence and Character for Over 100 Years” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation from the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast on how Girl Scouts has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place in Waukesha County and throughout southeast Wisconsin since the early 1900’s. From homecare badges in the 1920’s to today’s technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)-based programs, Girl Scouts has evolved to capture what interests girls and prepares them for their tomorrow.
  • February 11, “Historic Breweries and Taverns in Waukesha County” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by the museum staff on taverns and breweries in the 1800s and 1900s in Waukesha County, including rare images and artifacts in the museum’s collections.
  • March 11, “Easter Traditions” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Waukesha Floral and Greenhouse on Easter traditions.  Enjoy demonstrations on creating holiday centerpieces, the history and care of lilies, spring planting, and much more!
  • April 15, “Amish Traditions” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Richard Dawly on Amish traditions in Wisconsin and throughout the US, including farming, clothing, quilt making, food, and much more!
  • May 13, TBA

Discovery Club

Families with children 3-5 years old can join us for Discovery Club once a month, with a new theme and activities each time!  Each program is led by the museum’s Education Department, and includes games, storytelling, I-Spy, music, and crafts.  Programs run from 10-11am.  Fee: $4 per child, $3 per non-member adult, museum member adults are free; fee includes museum admission to all exhibits including the new Les Paul exhibit.  Registration required by the Tuesday before each program date, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext 224 or email at education@wchsm.org.

  • All programs are 10-11am
  • November 20, “Global Adventure” – Grab your passport as we travel the globe!  Families will build an Eiffel Tower, move like the animals in Africa, try the chopstick challenge, and make a didgeridoo.
  • December 18, “Emperor’s New Clothes” – The emperor wanted fun and fancy clothing, and so do we!  Children will explore clothing from a long time ago, play dress up, and make some fancy and even some crazy clothing and accessories to take home.
  • January 15, “Fairy Tale Adventure” – Saddle up your horse and join us for a journey to fairy tale village!  Participants will hear stories that will inspire games like the prince/princess and the pea pillow challenge, and crafts like magical mirrors.
  • February 19, Rockin’ Rhymes” – Let’s shake up traditional nursery rhymes to create some silly activities!  Included will be the nursery rhyme Olympics, Humpty Dumpty egg challenge, and a special craft project.
  • March 19, “Neverland Adventure” – Get sprinkled with pixie dust for your flight to Neverland!  We will make a drum like Tiger Lily, float pirate ships like Captain Hook, and make pixie wands like Tinkerbell.
  • April 16, ” Mad Scientist” – Join us for an exploration into the world of science!  We will be performing wacky experiments, including slimy worms, magical rainbows, bubbly balloons, and much more!
  • May 21, “Fairy Houses” – First we will listen to the book Fairy Houses, then families will create their own Fairy House using natural materials like branches, flowers, shells, and stones.  Take your house home and see if a fairy moves in during the night!


Kids’ Night Out!

Kids rule the museum after hours!  Children 5-10 years old will enjoy a pizza dinner, then art activities, games, experiments, and much, much more!  Parents can use this time to have a fun time themselves by going out to dinner, shopping, or running a few errands.  Kids’ Night Out is from 5:30-8pm.  Cost is $20 per child per evening, pizza dinner is included.  To register or for additional information please call the education department at 262-521-2859, ext. 246 or email at aswanson@wchsm.org.

  • November 1, “Secret Spies”: SOLD OUT Enter the world of espionage as we look at the many ways people have tricked each other over the centuries. Learn to hide things in plain sight, master the art of the cipher, study the basics of disguise and see if you have what it takes to complete a top-secret spy mission. Registration deadline is Tuesday October 28th.

  • December 13, “Across the Universe”: Space is a vast and amazing place and we humans are just beginning to unlock its secrets. Take a trip to the cosmos as we study the comets, planets, nebula and other mysterious phenomena that create the fabric of the universe. Registration deadline is Tuesday December 9th.

  • January 31 – Theme to be announced soon
  • February 21 – Theme to be announced soon
  • March 21 – Theme to be announced soon
  • April 18 – Theme to be announced soon

Night at the Museum, “Quest for the Treasured Water”

Fridays and Saturdays in October; October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 from 5:30-9pm

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When the sun goes down, the exhibits come to life with a fantastic voyage to find the fabled healing water of Waukesha!  Visitors will go on a 40 minute guided adventure, meeting costumed historic figures along the way.  Meet the ambassadors of the healing spring water, Colonel Dunbar and the winged Greek goddness Psyche, as they enlist our help to recover the water from an unruly band of pirates, including Blackbeard!  During this hilarious quest, you will hunt for treasure, take the pirate oath, and engage in a sea battle with Captain Black Bart himself.  Come and join our pirate crew, argh!

This is a non-scary family event for ALL AGES.  Tours will last 40 minutes and begin every 15 minutes.  Tickets are $5 per person (children under 2 are free).  Tickets are sold at the door on a first come, first serve basis.  Last tour begins at 8:30pm.  Extra activities are available while you wait for your tour to begin, including a pirate craft and fun games!  Event and facilities are handicap accessible.  For additional information, call 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email education@wchsm.org.

Tombstone Tales Cemetery Tour

Wednesday October 22, 10-11:30am

Join the Waukesha County Museum staff for a guided tour of Prairie Home Cemetery.  During the tour we will discuss the hidden secrets behind the symbols on tombstones and the people they represent.  Along the way, hear poems and quotes from Edgar Allen Poe to add a unique atmosphere to the tour.  All ages are welcome, register for either Saturday or Wednesday.  Fee: $10 per person.  Registration deadline is October 15, please call Kristen Hoeker at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email at education@wchsm.org.

Les Paul’s Guitar Grab!

October 21, November 11, December 2

6-6:50pm Children 12 and under; 7-7:50pm Children and Adults over 12 years old

Have you always dreamed of learning to play the guitar?  Then this is the program you have been waiting for, so come to the museum and grab a guitar!  In honor of Les Paul’s legacy, the Waukesha County Museum and White House of Music have teamed up to provide basic guitar workshops for adults and children of all ages.  Participants will use a provided guitar to learn basic cords from a certified instructor, and you will even play a song by the end of the session!  Fee is $10 per person per session; includes instructor led session, use of a guitar during the program, and a goodie bag with coupons and an admission ticket to the museum to see the Les Paul exhibit during regular museum hours.  Also included in the registration fee will be a free guitar book from Hal Leonard Corporation!  Registration is required by the Saturday before each program date.  Register for one of the workshops, or multiple to build your guitar skills throughout the year.  Please call the museum’s Education Department at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email at education@wchsm.org.  Program will be held at the Waukesha County Museum.

Guitars generously donated by

Holiday Open House

Sunday, November 23; 1-4pm

Enjoy a free afternoon at the museum before seeing the Holiday Parade in downtown Waukesha! The museum will have a craft project, hot chocolate, popcorn, and admission to all the exhibits free of charge. Plus, visit our holiday sale at the store!


Happy Birthday/Unbirthday Party at the Waukesha County Museum

Saturday, January 17; 10am – 3pm

Celebrate JanBoree’s birthday and everyone else’s unbirthday with a unique party at the museum! At 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2pm, see Bubble Wonders with Geoff Akins Hannah, where families will be spellbound with fog-filled volcano bubbles, dancing bubbles, bubble caterpillars, and even kids in bubbles! This show is perfect for children of all ages and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Then join in our unbirthday party games with flamingo croquet, tea cup balance, white roses obstacle course, I’m late rabbit hop, and much more! Also, create a mad hatter hat and a playing card bowtie to take home. Plus see all the museum’s exhibits! Admission and all activities are FREE and no registration is required.

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Scout Event Days

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts can spend the day at the museum and earn two badges!

     Cub Scout Event Day – Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:30am – 3:30pm: (Note: the registration for this event is currently sold out.  Please contact the Education Department to set up a day and time for your group to earn their badge individually)  Download the flyer for all the details Cub Scout Event Flyer November

     Girl Scout Event Day – Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:30am – 3:30pm: (Note: the registration for Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts is currently sold out. Please contact the Education Department to set up a day and time for your troop to earn a badge individually) Download the flyer for all the details Girl Scout Event Flyer November