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: $8 per Member and $9 per Non-Member, includes lunch and museum admission.  Registration is required by the Monday before each program date.  To register, call the Education Department at (262) 521-2859, ext  224  or email at education@wchsm.org.

  • April 9, 2014, “Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee” – In the early 1960s, members of Milwaukee’s growing African American population looked beyond their segregated community for better jobs and housing, and they faced bitter opposition. Paul Geenen chronicles the challenges faced by this coalition in the fight for open housing and better working conditions for Milwaukee’s minority community.
  • May 14, 2014, “Happy 100th Anniversary!” – The museum is turning 100 years old! Historian John Schoenknecht and the museum staff will present the hidden stories of the museum’s first 100 years. See excusive images, documents, and artifacts in the museum’s collection, and discover how the museum has grown with the county since 1914.

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
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014: “Bubbles Galore!” – Who doesn’t love to play with bubbles?!  We will make our own bubble solution and wands, create artwork using the magic of bubbles, and even make some beautiful bubble decorations to take home!
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014: “Dino Roar!” – Let’s travel back in time when dinosaurs roared the world!  We will play dino games, go on a fossil dig, and create dinosaur friends to take home!


Kids’ Night Out!

Kids rule the museum after hours!  Children 5-10 years old will enjoy a pizza dinner, then art activities, games, experiements, and much, much more!  Parents can use this time to have a fun 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.

Saturday, April 26, “GIGANTIC Games” – Have you ever wished you could become the playing pieces of your favorite board games?  Well then here is your chance.  Join the fun as we play supersized versions of some of the most beloved games from past and present.  Registration deadline is April 9th.

Museum Explorers Spring Break Camp, “Road Trip Across the USA!”

April 14-18, 2014; 9am – 4pm (early drop off at 8:15am is available)

Looking for something fun and educational for your child during spring break?  The Waukesha County Museum has designed a spring camp especially for children 6-10 years old that is exciting and engaging as campers explore all the hidden secrets the museum has to offer.  Each day is developed and facilitated by the museum’s education director, and has a full schedule of games, experiments, artifact handling, I-Spy challenges, and craft projects.  The week will end with a family presentation where campers will put the week’s fun on display!

For our “Road Trip Across the USA!”  the museum’s Education Department staff will lead activities that will take us around the 50 states: sailing off Cape Cod, riding horses across the plains, trekking through the desert, sitting around the campfire in the north woods, on the beach in Hawaii, car, train, and airplane adventures, a walk on the Hollywood red carpet, experiencing American monuments, and much more!

Fee: $130 Member, $140 Non-Member for the entire week.  Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis, and payment is due when registering.  Registration deadline is April 1st, and space is limited.  Click here to download the Spring Camp Registration Forms 2014.  For additional questions, please email the Director of Education at khoeker@wchsm.org.  We hope to see you and your camper this spring!


Treasures of Waukesha County Essay and Image Contest

Students in grades 2nd – 12th from Waukesha County are invited to enter the 3rd annual Treasures of Waukesha County Essay and Image Contest!  Students are asked to submit an essay (250 word max) and image (photograph or drawing) of what they feel is a true Waukesha County treasure, from the past or present, and it can be a person, place, object, or event.  Download the Contest Information form and the Entry Form for a full description.  Winners from each grade category will be given prizes and winning entries will be on exhibit at the museum during the summer.

Les Paul’s Guitar Grab!

April 22, May 13, June 3

6-6:50pm Workshop for Children 16 and under; 7-7:50pm Workshop for Adults only

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

Waukesha Preservation Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014

10am – 4:30pm

The city of Waukesha will once again be celebrating historic preservation all weekend, and the museum will be offering half off general admission all day!  In addition to free general admission for everyone, the museum will have 30 minute tours on the history of the 1893 courthouse building at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm.  No registration is required and all ages are welcome.

Live Music to Celebrate Les Paul’s Birthday!

Saturday, June 7, 11am and 1:30pm

Les Paul would have turned 99 years old on June 9th, and to celebrate the museum will be hosting live music during the day on June 7th!  The Gold Dust band from Indiana will perform at 11am and 1:30pm, with Les Paul favorites and other popular songs from the 1950s and 1960s.  Each performance will be approximately 45 minutes long and seating is limited on a first come first serve basis.  These concerts will be FREE with paid museum admission, so stop by for a rockin’ good time!

Museum Explorers Summer Camp

Looking for something fun and educational for your child this summer?  The WaukeshaCountyMuseumhas designed a summer camp especially for children 6-10 years old that is exciting and engaging as campers explore all the hidden secrets the museum has to offer.  Each week is developed and facilitated by the museum’s education director and staff, and each day has a full schedule of games, experiments, artifact handling, I-Spy challenges, and craft projects.  Each week will end with a special family presentation in which campers will put all the week’s fun on display to celebrate!

July 21-25:A Pirate’s Life! – Campers will become a part of our pirate crew as we navigate the waters and discover hidden jewels throughout the museum!  Everyone will receive a pirate name for the week, take the crew’s oath, create treasure maps, construct a flag, sing sea shanties, make a pirate costume, build a ship, bury and find treasure chests, and much, much more!  All aboard, you scurvy seadogs!

July 28-August 1:Imaginarium -It’s time to run our imaginations at full speed as we explore worlds both real and mythical!  Our imaginations will take us under the sea, to where the wild things are, to the deepest corners of the jungle, driving a race car, exploring our five senses, into the future, into the minds of famous artists, and even to the life of a detective as we solve a crime or two!

August 4-8:7 Wonders Discovery – The world is full of wonderful things, and it’s time to explore them!  Campers will discover the seven wonders of the ancient world (hanging gardens and pyramids), natural world (Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon), animal world (camouflage and team work), solar system (surface of the sun and asteroid belt), civil engineering (Empire State Building and Panama Canal), and even the new seven wonders (Great Wall and Petra)!

Each week has a schedule of 9am – 4pm, with early drop-off at 8:15am and late pick-up at 5pm available for an additional fee.  Children can be registered for 1, 2, or all 3 weeks.  Fee per week is $130 for members and $140 for non-members.  Sign up for all three weeks and receive $30 off!  Early or late time options are $10 each per week.

Spaces are going fast!  To register, complete a 2014 Summer Camp Registration Forms.  Spaces are filled on a first come, first serve basis, and payment is due when registering.  Registration deadline is July 5.  We hope to see your camper this summer!