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.

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Date: January 1 - October 28, 2017
Location: Overture Center, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, Pyle Center (downtown Madison/Campus)
City: Madison

OCTOBER 27- 28, 2017  




The Wisconsin World War I Centennial Commission, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, and War in Society and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host World War 100: A Centennial Symposium on October 27-28, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.     


Bruno Cabanes, Professor & Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, Ohio State University

Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Jennifer Keene, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Michael Neiberg, Chair in War Studies, U.S. Army War College


Featured Speakers, paper presentations, and exhibits and tours at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Wisconsin Historical Society. *Detailed schedule coming soon*


Hotel Information

The symposium has reserved a block of rooms at the Pyle Center (one of the sites of the symposium and easy walking distance to other sites). Reserve your room here.

A list of other hotels convenient (within 15 minutes walking distance) to symposium sites is below.

 Concourse Hotel:                   (800) 356-8293

 DoubleTree by Hilton:            (855) 275-4790

 The Edgewater Hotel:            (608) 535-8200

 Hampton Inn & Suites:           (844) 205-9992

 Park Hotel:                             (608) 285-8000 

About Madison: 

Madison, Wisconsin is the state capitol and the location of the University of Madison-Wisconsin. In the downtown area THERE are numerous restaurants as well as the UW, WVM, WHS and other sites of interest. For more information about Madison go to www.visitmadison.com/. Madison is readily accessed by car via the interstate system, via bus, and Dane County Regional Airport is served by several airlines and is 10 minutes by taxi or hotel shuttle from downtown and the campus.

 *Continue to check this website for updated information*

Learn more about Wisconsin in World War I at  https://bit.ly/ww100wi




Date: April 21, 2017 - April 30, 2018
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison



WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front

A World War I Centennial Exhibit

Over 122,000 Wisconsin men and women served on land, sea, and in the air during World War I.  The Wisconsin Veterans Museum marks the centennial of the First World War with the opening of a major exhibit featuring an up close and personal look at the Great War through the eyes of Wisconsin veterans.

WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front uses the Museum’s rich collection and first person accounts to bring to life Wisconsin’s role in shaping global history.  

WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front will be on exhibit until April 2019

Cocktails with a Curator

Date: August 10 - October 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI


Aug 10th & Oct. 26th 

A happy-hour event series (yes, with drinks!) with the Museum's curators, who will share stories from the collections here at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Registration is not required and the event is free to attend

Happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m.


This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.


Date: August 15 - October 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

Aug. 15 | Sept. 12 | Oct. 10

10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.


SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those living with Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

Aug. 15 - Old Abe; feather collage bald eagles

Sept. 12 - USS Wisconsin; ship in a bottle

Oct. 10 -  Wisconsin Medal of Honor stories; make an altar together to honor the fallen

Free event, registration is required. Contact Erin Hoag at 608-264-7663 or  visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov to register.

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: PRIVATE SOLDIERS: A Year in Iraq with a WI National Guard Unit

Date: August 24, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

Register here!

"Private Soldiers" tells the story of the men who served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 2-127th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Through images, interviews, and letters, the book chronicles the life of Wisconsin’s citizen-soldiers, the missions they conducted, and the places they called home. Join Staff Sergeant Joseph Streeter, co-photographer of "Private Soldiers," 10 years later as he shares his perspective about a year in Iraq and the dedicated service and sacrifices of these Wisconsin veterans.

FEE (includes dinner): $22.00 Members | $30.00 Non-Members

*Registrations/Cancellation deadline: Thursday, August 10th, 2017


Date: September 13 - December 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI


Sept. 13 | Oct. 11 | Nov. 8 | Dec. 13  7:00- 8:30 PM

at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Education Center (2nd Floor)

30 W. Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703 


Books feature this season are: 

September 13 – Catch 22 by Joseph Hellen 

 October 11 – Lysistrata  by Aristophanes

November 8 – Fobbit by David Abrams 

December 13 – MASH by Richard Hooker

 Books will be provided. Registration is free and required.

Registration ends September 1st

To register, contact Erin Hoag at visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov or 608-274-7663


Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St. (outside stage next to the museum)
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 2:30 p.m. 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



Date: September 30 - October 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road
City: Madison, WI
The Nineteenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour at Forest Hill Cemetery will take place the first week of October.


Registration opens Tuesday, September 5th

Advance registration will be available online

$5.00 online registration | $10 on-site ticket purchase




Saturday, Sept. 30

Experience the evening at the cemetery with the 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 p.m.—7:30 p.m. 

Rain Date: October 7th 




Sunday, Oct. 1


Join us for Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours XIX 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 p.m.—4:00 p.m. Purchasing tickets online will allow you to book preferred time slots of tours. 

Rain Date: October 8th 


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


Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

2018 School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Date: October 27, 2017 - April 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

 School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

2017-2018 School Calendar

Join us for drop-in, FREE family-friendly activities at the museum on "No School" days  for the Madison Metropolitan School District. School Days Off at the Museum is from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  


October 27: Eat Up! Scavenger Hunt

 November 10: Armistice Day Anniversary–Paper Poppies

 November 22: Old Abe the War Eagle–Story & Craft

December 8: Holiday Card-Making for veterans


January 19: Paracord Crafts

February 9: Anniversary of the Red Cross–Triage Simulation Game

March 16: Anniversary of Sinking of the Maine–Boatbuilding Activity 


Spring Break–WWI Themes 

March 27: Design Your Own Insignia

March 28:  Explore & Create Maps

March 29: Explore Aerial Photographs & Draw From an Aerial Perspective

March 30: The Art of Disguise–Make Your Own Camouflage Pattern


 April 6: Poster Design–Make A Poster to Persuade Your Audience

April 27th: Mindfulness–Make Your Own Mindfulness Jar  



Wisconsin Science Festival: Camouflage Carnival

Date: November 2-4, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: 30 W Mifflin Street

Join us at the WVM for the Wisconsin Science Festival as we present Camouflage Carnival.

Camouflage has been used throughout history to hide individuals, groups of people and equipment, and even ships. Learn about how this was done and see examples of camouflage over time. 

Once you have learned the basics of how camouflage works, test your knowledge on model ships and plastic army figurines to see how well you can hide in plain sight!

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