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Upcoming Events

All programs listed are free and open to the public. Call the Museum Office at (920) 397-9914 for more information.

“Habitat” Smithsonian Outdoor Exhibit Now Open!

Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m.: Historic Fort Atkinson Bike Tour
Meet at the Fort Atkinson Farmer’s Market

Saturday, June 3, 2023
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Docent led tours of the 1841 Foster House and 1901 Water Tower
The 1841 Foster House is located on Foster Street on Museum Grounds
The 1901 Water Tower is located on the corner of S 4th Street E and S High Street
2 p.m.-3:30: Garden Education Program “Intersectional Peonies”  

Friday, June 16, 6:30-9 p.m.: Trivia Contest
Teams of 6-8 welcome, $80/team or $60/team with a member of the Fort Atkinson Historical Society
Call the Museum Office to register your team!

Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Dairy Day at the MOOseum
Cow decorating contest rules and registration – Cows and calves now available!

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.


The Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine are located at
401 Whitewater Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

(920) 397-9914

The Museums are open
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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!