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.

  • 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, “Celebrating the Cushing Brothers” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Dave Krueger, member of the Cushing Medal of Honor Committee, on the fascinating history of the Civil War heroes, the Cushing brothers.  See historic images and objects belonging to the brothers, and hear the true tales of these Delafield soldiers.

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 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
  • 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 jschmitz@wchsm.org.

  • “Superhero Academy” Saturday, January 31st: Have dreams of saving the world? Always wanted to leap buildings in a single bound? Then become a superhero and save the day with us. Create your own superhero costume, train to learn how to use your new super powers and then fight crime –all in one night! Registration deadline is Wednesday January 28th.
  • “Fantastic Beasts” Saturday, February 21st: Look at a variety of unusual animals and the special traits that make them so unique. Learn about camouflage, poisons and how animals protect themselves from predators. Create your own camouflage; learn how an anglerfish gets it dinner and how flying squirrels fly. Registration deadline is Wednesday February 18th.
  •  “The Old West” Saturday, March 21st: Yee-haw! Saddle up as we head into the Old West. We will find out what it was like to pack up everything you own in a wagon, what life was like for the pioneers who made the journey and the beginning of cowboys in the United States. Registration deadline is Wednesday March 18th.
  • “Swashbucklin’ Pirates” Saturday, April 18th: Ahoy mateys! Come sail the high seas with us as we learn about pirates and their treasure. We will create our own pirate flag insignia, learn pirate lingo and see if we can discover some buried treasure of our own. Registration deadline is Wednesday April 15th.

Scout Event Days

Girl Scout Event Day, Saturday, March 7, 2015 – Click Girl Scout Event Flyer for additional information, registration deadline is Feb. 21

Cub Scout Event Day, Saturday, March 14, 2015 – Click Cub Scout Event Flyer for additional information, registration deadline is Feb. 28

Waukesha Historic Preservation Day Event

Saturday, May 16; 10am – 3pm

The city of Waukesha features an entire weekend of activities to celebrate preserving our community.  The museum will be hosting two events.  The first will be historic games for kids and adults of all ages to participate in (including graces, hoop and stick, croquet, and more!), all taking place on the museum’s front lawn.  Participate in one of the games, and receive a coupon for discounted admission to the museum!  The second activity will be a special behind the scenes tour of the museum’s vaults, home of the museum’s archival collection.  This tour will be from 10:30 – 11am and from 1-1:30pm.  The tour is included free with museum admission.  If you have any additional questions, please call the Director of Education at 262-521-2859, ext. 224.

2015 Treasures of Waukesha County Student Contest!

The museum 4th annual Treasures of Waukesha County Essay and Image Contest is now taking entries!  Students in grades 2 – 12 in Waukesha County can submit an essay and image of a person, place, object, or event in Waukesha County’s past or present that they feel is a true treasure.  Entries are now being accepted through April 24, 2015.  Winners will be chosen from four grade categories, and will receive a medal and their entry will be featured in a museum exhibit throughout the summer.  For additional contest information, click Contest Information and to enter, download the Entry Form.

Tombstone Tales Cemetery Tour

Wednesday, May 20, 10:30am – 12pm and Saturday, May 30, 10:30am – 12pm

Join the Waukesha County Museum staff for a guided walk around Prairie Home Cemetery, the final resting place for Waukesha’s most famous figures. During the tour we will discuss the hidden secrets behind the symbols on tombstones and the people they represent. Discover how stones were created in the past, and the evolution of symbols and figures carved into them throughout history.

All ages are welcome, register for either Saturday or Wednesday.  Fee: $10 per person. Registration is required by May 17, please call the Education Department at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email at khoeker@wchsm.org.  Participants will meet at Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Museum Explorers Spring Break Camp

April 6 – 10, 2015

Children ages 6-10 years old can spend a week at the museum completing experiments, crafts, games, and I-spies under the direction of the Education Department.  This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time…” where we will explore fairy tales, legends, myths, and tall tales of all kinds.  Click Spring Camp Flyer for all the details and pricing.  Click Registration Forms to register for spring camp.  Spaces fill quickly!

Museum Explorers Summer Camp

Week 1: July 20-24 – Season’s Greetings

Week 2: July 27-31 – Around the World in 5 Days

Week 3: August 3-7 – Mad Scientist

Children ages 6-10 years old can spend one, two, or three weeks at the museum completing experiments, crafts, games, and I-Spies under the direction of the Education Department.  Click Summer Camp Flyer to view all of the details for all three weeks.  To register your camper, click Summer Camp Registration Forms to download the forms to mail into the museum.  Register your camper soon, spaces fill quickly!  Call the Director of Education at 262-521-2859, ext. 224 or email education@wchsm.org with any questions.