Upcoming Events

OPEN NOW: Habitat, Smithsonian Outdoor Exhibit

Saturday, September 24
9 a.m.: Bike Tour of
Historic Fort Atkinson
Bring your bike and meet our Museum Director Merrilee Lee at the Fort Atkinson Farmer’s Market across the street from the Post Office. Free! No registration required.
2 p.m.: “How Do Do You Like Them Apples?” Garden Education Program

Friday, October 8, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Morning @ the Museum Preschool Program
Theme: Come meet officers from the Fort Atkinson Police Department!

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Governor Hoard Celebration and Civil War Day 


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 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) 397-9914

Open Hours:
Tuesdays through Saturdays:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visiting the Museum is always free. Donations gratefully accepted!

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!