About MCHS


Vault into History! The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) is your gateway to Milwaukee’s past. Since 1935, the Historical Society has served the Milwaukee community by fostering an enlightened understanding of history through education and preservation. Through its diverse historic sites the MCHS strives to impact people’s lives through empowering themes intertwined within history, by facilitating a menu of experiences. It is our mission to:

Collect, preserve, and make available materials relating to the history of the Milwaukee community. Through a broad range of activities, the Historical Society seeks to recognize and preserve our local history. In promoting a greater appreciation of Milwaukee County’s heritage, the Historical Society hopes to develop a better understanding of the issues and challenges facing Milwaukee County today.

For more information please visit our main site at milwaukeehistory.net.

Hours of Operation

Historical Center

910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1591

Monday through Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – closed
Admission – Free

Research Library

910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1591

Monday through Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – Closed
Admission — $5.00 General Admission, $4.00 for Students/Seniors (seniors are 62 and older)

Trimborn Farm

Admission is $5.00
More Information and Driving Directions

Historic Houses

Hours of Operation vary.
Kilbourntown House, Estabrook Park
Lowell Damon House, Wauwatosa
Jeremiah Curtin House, Greendale


The Historical Center, Reserach Library and Historic Sites are closed every year on the following days:

Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day.


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