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Come visit the Hoard Historical Museum to discover the people and events that make up Fort Atkinson’s history. Here you’ll learn all about our region’s local history and find out what makes Fort Atkinson unique.
Here you can relive the 1832 Black Hawk War and learn about General Henry Atkinson and the Sauk Warrior, Black Hawk. Discover Abraham Lincoln’s involvement in the Black Hawk War and learn about his only military experience before becoming Commander-in-Chief. Step into our immersive Mysteries of the Mounds gallery to explore the history and culture of the Native Americans of the late Woodland period. Take a peek inside a replica keyhole pit house to see how they survived and thrived in Wisconsin.
At the Hoard Museum, you will find out how “Fort Atkinson” came to be and explore the contributions of two remarkable locals: William Dempster Hoard, the father of American dairying and Wisconsin Governor; and Lorine Niedecker, world famous poet. Stop by the second floor of the Hoard House to see our new exhibit Duck Hunting on Lake Koshkonong and find out why Fort Atkinson was once referred to as the “Chesapeake of the West.”
Visitors will also enjoy The National Dairy Shrine’s Museum, which features a multimedia show that captures the sights and sounds of dairy farming: past, present, and future.
Throughout the museum you’ll see an amazing collection of artifacts, artwork, and family-friendly activities.
Donations Accepted! There is no admission charge to visit the Hoard Museum. A suggested cash donation of $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family helps us preserve and share the history and cultural heritage of the Fort Atkinson area. Thank You!