Become a Member of the Wisconsin Historical Society

As a member, you can enjoy many great benefits while also ensuring that the history of our state and nation will be collected, preserved and shared for generations to come. Your membership also helps to support the "Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin’s Stories One Community at a Time."

Membership Benefits

Members Receive

  • An annual subscription to the award-winning quarterly "Wisconsin Magazine of History"

  • FREE Admission to the Wisconsin Historical Museum, on the Capitol Square in Madison

  • Half-price or free admission to all 12 historic sites and museums during regular operating hours

  • One year of "Columns," the Society's informative and colorful print newsletter

  • A subscription to the Society's e-newsletter with news, events and fascinating facts

  • 10-percent discount on genealogical records, books, historic image prints and more

  • Invitations to special members-only events and activities

Membership Levels

Individual ($45)
All the benefits of membership for one adult
Household ($60)
All Individual level benefits for two adults and all accompanying children
History Lover ($100)
All Household level benefits plus:
  • Free admission to 12 historic sites and museums
  • A coupon for an additional 10-percent discount on a purchase
  • Parking coupon for Wisconsin Historical Museum or Society headquarters building
  • One 6-month individual trial membership for a friend
History Guardian ($250)
All History Lover benefits plus:
  • 2 guest passes to 12 historic sites & museums
  • 2 parking coupons for Wisconsin Historical Museum or Society headquarters building
  • Special online recognition
  • Invitations to exclusive events
History Ambassador ($500)
All History Guardian benefits plus:
  • 2 additional guest passes to 12 historic sites and museums
Heritage Circle ($1,000 or more)
Heritage Circle members contribute $1,000 or more annually and receive all benefits listed above, plus special benefits and recognition in appreciation of their support. Please contact us by phone at 608-261-9364 or by email at for more information.
Other Membership Options
Basic ($30)
Benefits of an Individual level membership but does not include "The Wisconsin Magazine of History"
Institutional ($65)
A great option for organizations, businesses, schools, and libraries. Benefits include the "Wisconsin Magazine of History", Columns, and a 10-percent discount for regularly priced Wisconsin Historical Society Press publications.

Frequently asked questions about membership

How long is my membership valid?
When you purchase a Wisconsin Historical Society membership, it is valid for a full 12 months.

I don't live in Wisconsin. Should I still be a member?
Yes! Our members live in many other states, and even overseas. If you are interested in reading the Wisconsin Magazine of History or purchasing online records and gifts at a discount, a membership with the Society would be very beneficial to you.

Are my children or grandchildren included in my membership discount at the Society's historic sites and museums?
Yes. The half-priced or free admission benefit at the Household level and above is valid for two adults and all dependent children who are under the age of 18.

Are my membership dues tax-deductible?
Depending on which level you choose, all or part of your membership gift is tax-deductible. For more information, call our membership office toll free at 1-888-748-7479.

I am a business – is there a special level of membership for me?
Yes. The Society offers Institutional memberships for organizations, businesses, schools, and libraries. Benefits includes the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Columns, and 10-percent off regularly priced Wisconsin Historical Society Press publications. Institutional Memberships are $65 annually. Purchase an institutational membership online or by contacting our membership office toll free at 1-888-748-7479.

Can I donate to the Society but waive the benefits of membership?
Yes! On all print and online donation forms there is an option to waive benefits, and also an option to enter your desired giving amount.

How do I know where my gift went?
All membership and other gifts that are not designated to a specific purpose are used in the area of the Society's greatest need. If you would like to give a gift for a specific division or purpose, you can do so by indicating that on your donation form.

Can I give membership as a gift?
Yes! The recipient will be notified that this is a gift from you, and your message will appear within that notification. You can purchase a gift membership online.

If I'm purchasing a Wisconsin Historical Society membership, why does my payment go to the Wisconsin Historical Foundation?
The Wisconsin Historical Foundation is the official fundraising organization and membership administrator for the Wisconsin Historical Society and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Can I split my membership gift into monthly payments?
Yes, you can set-up a monthly gift for membership through the monthly giving donation page

Can I purchase a membership when I visit a historic site?
Yes. You may purchase memberships at any of the Society's 12 historic sites and museums. Additionally, when you choose this option, your membership payment will go directly to the site where you purchased your membership. You can support your favorite historic site and become a member at the same time.


Join us!

Special offer: If you would like to benefit local history organizations by designating a portion of your membership dues to the Mini-Grant Program, visit

$30.00 Benefits
Does not include the Wisconsin Magazine of History

$45.00 Benefits

$60.00 Benefits

$65.00 Benefits

$100.00 Benefits

$250.00 Benefits

$500.00 Benefits

$1,000.00 Benefits

I wish to give an additional contribution of: $

Giving online is safe and secure.
Simply fill out the form above to make your secure donation. A confirmation email will be sent when you complete your donation.

Want to mail in your donation instead? Print and complete this form (PDF, 465 KB) and then mail it with your payment to: Wisconsin Historical Foundation, PO Box 260050, Madison, WI 53726-0050.

To donate by phone, call us toll free at 1-888-748-7479.

Thank you for your support!


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