Wisconsin Veterans Museum | Events

The museum sponsors events and programs throughout the year, most of which are free. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Did you miss a program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum? Visit our YouTube and Vimeo channels to watch our award-winning programs or find links to select past events here.

New Temporary Exhibit: THE ART OF PERSUASION: MOBILIZING THE MASSES IN WORLD WAR I

Date: May 27, 2016 - March 1, 2017
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

This new exhibit examines the role of propaganda in shaping public opinion during the war. The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I will be on display in our temporary exhibit space until March 2017.


WARRIOR BOOK CLUB AT THE MUSEUM

Date: September 21 - November 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St. WVM Research Center, 3rd Floor
City: Madison

The Wisconsin Veterans  Museum  introduces WARRIOR BOOK CLUB AT THE MUSEUM. Join us as we explore the theme of deployment featured in The Things they Carried, Redeployment, and a modern translation  of Philoctetes.

Books will be provided. Registration is free and required.

Dates: Sept. 21 | Oct. 19 | Nov. 16 


FALL GALLERY NIGHT

Date: October 7, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

Join us for Madison Gallery Night presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore the Museum and experience our new temporary exhibit The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I.  The exhibit will examine the role of propaganda in shaping public opinion during the war.  


TALKING SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR XVIII

Date: October 8-9, 2016
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Rd.
City: Madison
 
The Eighteenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour at Forest Hill Cemetery will take place the first week of October.
 

CANDLELIT TOURS-Saturday, Oct. 8: Experience the evening at the cemetery with the first-ever Candlelit Tours of Forest Hill Cemetery. On the 90-minute walking tour, local actors share Civil War stories through portrayals of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Rain Date: October 15th.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE FOR CANDLELIT TOURS!

 

PUBLIC DAY TOURS-Sunday, Oct. 9: Join us for Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours XVIII Public Day tours. On the 90-minute walking tour, local actors share Civil War stories through portrayals of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sunday Tours leave every 20 minutes starting at 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Purchase tickets now public day Sunday tours. Purchasing tickets online will allow you to book preferred time slots of tours. 

Rain Date: October 16th

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE FOR PUBLIC DAY TOURS!

 

***Advance purchase ends at 12:00 PM on Monday, October 3rd***

***Members contact Eileen at 608-261-0536 for special pricing and to reserve your spot***

 

LIVING THE WORLD WAR

Date: October 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

A World War I Centennial Commemoration presentation

LIVING THE WORLD WAR: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War I

Presenter: Dr. Donald Zillman,

Author and former Dean at the University of Maine Law School

Lecture and Book Signing 

 

Join us as the Wisconsin Veterans Museum welcomes former Dean at the University of Maine Law School for a presentation about the book, Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War I. Zillman and his co-author, Elizabeth Elsbach, drew on the files of the New York Times and the Congressional Record to explore how an average American citizen living in 1916-19 would experience the war, not knowing what would come next. Their week by week summary of the war and emerging national issues at the time demonstrate how history shaped 21st century America.

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

Date: October 20, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

In WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE authors Doug Braldey and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American Experience in Vietnam. Join us as they explore how U.S. troops used music as a way of connecting to each other, the world back home, and as a coping tool to deal with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight.

$22/members $30/non-members

To register, contact Erin Hoag at 608.264.7663 | visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov or

REGISTER HERE


AMERICA'S WAR FOR THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST

Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum presents

Madison Public Library's Wisconsin Book Festival 

AMERICA'S WAR FOR THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST

Presenter: Andrew Bacevich, Author and veteran

 

Presented in partnership with the Madison Institute, retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades.
 
From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight.
 
Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America’s costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does.
 
A twenty-year army veteran who served in Vietnam, Andrew J. Bacevich brings the full weight of his expertise to this vitally important subject. America’s War for the Greater Middle East is a bracing after-action report from the front lines of history. It will fundamentally change the way we view America’s engagement in the world’s most volatile region. 

DOWNTOWN MADISON FAMILY HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT LOCATION

Date: October 26, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
City: Madison

 

 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is a participating location for Downtown Madison Family Halloween.  Stop by and TRICK OR TREAT at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and enjoy family Halloween activities on State Street and Capitol Square. 

Halloween fun for families and kids 12 & under.

EAGLE AND FRIENDS AT THE MUSEUM

Date: November 11, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center present

Eagle and Friends at the Museum

This program features our national symbol, the bald eagle, with a discussion about the importance of the bald eagle, and its relationship to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and Wisconsin. In addition to meeting the bald eagles, Glory (adult male) and Valkyrie (young female), a falcon and owl will be present for comparison. The 60-minute program begins at 11:30 am followed by a 30-minute meet-and-greet with the birds.

For questions contact Erin Hoag 608.264.7663 or visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Date: December 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: University Club, 803 State Street
City: Madison

 

Register here!

Join us for an evening of dancing and fun as you step back into the 1940s with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS USO-Style Holiday Dance at the University Club in Madison. 

Enjoy this WWII-era experience with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dance all night to music, take beginner swing lessons at 7 PM. Period dress encouraged and awards given to best dressed. Opportunities to sponsor the museum’s upcoming World War I exhibit will be available by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Giving Tree.

$50 Student with ID | $60 Member | $80 Non-Member

Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Erin Hoag 608.264.7663

 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.