Upcoming Events

Full Event Calendar

Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. – noon – Foster House Open for Tours

Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. – noon – Outbreak! The 1918 Influenza Pandemic – Saturday Morning Scholars Program 
2 – 3 p.m. – The Laziest Gardener – Garden Education Program

Sunday, May 20, 1 – 3 p.m. – Par-tea at One

Saturday May 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday May 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – 25th Annual Fort Koshkonong Rendezvous at Rock River Park

Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. – noon – Foster House Open for Tours
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Dairy Day at the MOOseum

Wednesday, July 4, 1 – 3 p.m. – Fourth of July Ice Cream Social

Come visit the Hoard Historical Museum to discover the people and events that make up Fort Atkinson’s history. Throughout the museum you’ll discover our area’s local history through our impressive collection of artifacts, artwork, and family friendly activities.

♦   Here you can relive the 1832 Black Hawk War and learn about General Henry Atkinson and the Sauk Warrior, Black Hawk. In the Lincoln Era Exhibit, you can 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.

♦   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.

♦   Explore the impact of Lake Koshkonong in the second floor of the Hoard House in our Duck Hunting on Lake Koshkonong exhibit 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.

Hoard Historical Museum
401 Whitewater Ave
Fort Atkinson WI 53538
(920) 563-7769

Museum Hours
Tuesdays through Saturdays:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Mondays

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!