1. When are you open?
We are open Tuesdays through Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Central Standard Time, year around, with the exception of major holidays and the first two weeks each January. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
2. Where are you located?
We are located at 401 Whitewater Avenue, in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, 53538. Whitewater Avenue is also U.S. Highway 12. The museum sits on the corner of Whitewater Avenue and South 4th Street East, just a few blocks south of Fort Atkinson’s business district and the Rock River.
3. What about parking?
Free parking is available in the museum’s small asphalt parking lot adjacent to the building; this includes eight regular stalls and one parking stall reserved for drivers with handicapped parking permits. There are five free parking stalls marked on Whitewater Avenue in front of our building. Free parking is also available on these nearby side streets: South 4th Street East; Merchants Avenue; and Foster Street.
4. What can I do at your museum?
The Museum is a self-guided facility with many long-term exhibits. Two exhibits, “The Mysteries of the Mounds” and the National Dairy Shrine feature two video programs that each run 17 minutes apiece.
The Hoard Historical Museum is also home to the Knox Research Library. The archive is open to the public during museum hours where any visitor may research family, house, and other local history topics.
The museum’s gift shop is open during museum hours and contains a variety of books and gift items related to the community of Fort Atkinson, the state, or to our museum exhibits.
5. Is your museum accessible to visitors in wheelchairs?
Yes! here are electric door openers at the building’s entrance, ramps, an elevator to the lower level and second floor, and accessible restrooms. There is one wheelchair available for use within the building. Please note: the adjacent Foster House is not wheelchair accessible.
6. Can we hold our event (business meeting/birthday party/wedding/family reunion) at the Museum?
Yes you can! Contact Merrilee Lee, Museum Director, for more information.
7. Are we allowed to take photographs and make videos in your museum?
Yes you are! Visitors are welcome and encouraged to take photographs for non-commercial purposes throughout the museum. Commercial photographers must contact the museum director for permission in advance of their visit.
8. What about food and drink?
For the safety and longevity of the museum’s many historical collections, food and drink are not allowed in exhibit halls.
There are a number of restaurants and coffee shops in Fort Atkinson, including in the vicinity of the museum. Click here for more information.
9. Is this a family-friendly museum?
Yes, we are! We are working hard to help families with young children and three-generation families find meaning and make memories here at the museum. This includes pre-school activity booklets for use in the Mysteries of the Mounds Gallery, a Kids’ Korner area for playing and reading while parents and grandparents shop, a diaper changing table in the woman’s restroom, and step stools in both restrooms. Ask our volunteer to take your family photo with the colorful fiberglass cow in our front entryway.
10. When is the Foster House open?
The Dwight and Almira Foster House, adjacent to the Hoard Historical Museum, is open to the public for touring during specific special events or by reservation during museum hours. Please contact the museum’s office to inquire about making a reservation.
11. What’s going on that’s special at the museum?
Please click here to check the museum’s calendar of events to see what’s going on and what’s coming up.
12. How do I schedule a group tour?
Groups with 10 or more people are encouraged to make a reservation to assure high quality visitor service during their visit. Please contact the museum office to inquire about and make reservations for a group tour visit or click here for more information about group tours.
13. Where can I get Hoard’s Dairyman Magazine?
Please contact W.D. Hoard & Sons, Co., the publishers of the Hoard Dairyman Magazine. They are located at 28 Milwaukee Avenue, West, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, 53538. They may be contacted by phone at 920-563-5551, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time. They maintain an archive of past issues while the Hoard Historical Museum does not.
14. Where is the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm located?
It is located at N2856 U.S. Highway 89, on the northern edge of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, 53538. 920-563-4822. The farm is owned and operated by W.D. Hoard & Sons, which is not affiliated with the Hoard Historical Museum. Click here for more information.