Upcoming Events

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! (sold out!) – 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 (sold out!) -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 (sold out!) – 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!

Animal Adaptations Family Event

Thursday, August 7, 10:30-11:30am

Meet some of our WILD friends!  The Wildlife in Need Center will be visiting the Museum to share a 1 hour educational program, with the help of several live animal friends!  This family event is FREE with museum admission, and all ages are welcome.  Donations for the Wildlife in Need Center will be collected at the museum.  A donation wishlist can be found online: www.helpingwildlife.org/getinvolved/wishlist.htm.

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.

  • September 10, “Waukesha County Aviation” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by the Waukesha Aviation Club on the famous flying ace Richard Bong, winner of the Medal of Honor during WWII. Plus, receive a special prize after the presentation!
  • October 8, “Victorian Era Death and Mourning” – Enjoy lunch, then a presentation by Prairie Home Cemetery on interesting, unique, and sometimes strange practices of death and mourning in the 1800s.  See artifacts and images that explore the superstitions, mementos, etiquette, and attire associated with honoring the dead.
  • 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, TBA
  • January 14, TBA
  • February 11, TBA
  • 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, TBA
  • 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
  • September 18, “Teddy Bear Tea” – Bring your favorite Teddy Bear or stuffed animal for an exciting party!  Children will create a unique table setting, drink ‘tea’, play silly games, and make a craft to continue the fun at home.
  • October 16, “Magical Light” – Let’s discover the magic behind light!  We will turn white lights into rainbows, use the power of the sun to create artwork, make light dance, and create silly shadow friends.
  • 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.

  • September 20, “Into the Deep Blue Sea”: The oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface yet more than 95% percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. Dive into these depths to explore the science of currents, travel to expansive mountain ranges and abysmal trenches that dwarf any feature on land and discover the fantastic creatures that call this alien world home.  Registration deadline is Tuesday September 16thth.

  • November 1, “Secret Spies”: 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 October28th.

  • 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

Downtown Waukesha Walking Tour

Thursday, September 25, 9:30-11am

Enjoy a guided tour of the downtown Waukesha area as we explore the history and secrets of various buildings and the people and businesses that occupied them.  Fee: $8 per Member, $10 per Non-Member, including tour and admission to the museum afterwards.  Registration deadline is September 19, call Kristen Hoeker at 26-521-2859, ext. 224 or email education@wchsm.org.

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

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 water, Colonel Dunbar and Psyche (the winged Greek goddess), as they enlist our help to recover the water from the unruly band of pirates, including Blackbeard!  During this hilarious quest, you will hunt for treasure, sing pirate sea chanteys, and engage in a sea battle with Blackbeard 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

Saturday October 18, 1:30-3pm and 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!

September 9, 30, 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

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: 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: Download the flyer for all the details Girl Scout Event Flyer November