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Thanks for another great season! We reopen for general admission in May 2024. Our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

See You in Spring 2024! 

Thanks for another great season! We reopen for general admission in May 2024. Our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

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Wisconsin Historical Society members receive unlimited free admission to our 11 historic sites and museums, a complimentary annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, merchandise discounts and more. Join at the Family level and above for added benefits and discounts at over 1,200 organizations nationwide! 

Step into the Lives of a
Wisconsin Dynasty

When you walk through the doors of Villa Louis, you step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most historic families – The Dousmans. Located on the beautiful banks of the mighty Mississippi River, this National Historic Landmark offers a panorama of Wisconsin history, from the advent of the first fur traders, to the War of 1812, through the splendor of the Victorian era. 

The National Historic Landmark home of the H. Louis Dousman family.


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Villa Louis’s picturesque settings for an elegant Wisconsin wedding or a unique private event offer plentiful opportunities for a historic event. Make your day historic and create a story that will be remembered for generations.

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Villa Louis Historic Site

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Villa Louis is a Wisconsin State Historic Site. We are an immaculately restored Victorian house museum on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River.

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We are hiring!

We are hiring for our facilities manager position at Villa Louis. This full-time position is responsible for supporting the management of Villa Louis facilities and infrastructure by monitoring and facilitating contractor activities, minor restoration & construction, ensuring equipment and building systems are operational, janitorial duties, addressing all maintenance needs, along with managing and performing landscaping and lawn care. For a full position description and details on the application process visit bit.ly/3U2EVHE

All applications must be submitted online using the provided link. The position closes on April 25. Questions can be directed to jan.zadra@wisconsinhistory.org or (608) 264-6409.
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2 weeks ago
We are hiring! 

We are hiring for our facilities manager position at Villa Louis. This full-time position is responsible for supporting the management of Villa Louis facilities and infrastructure by monitoring and facilitating contractor activities, minor restoration & construction,  ensuring equipment and building systems are operational, janitorial duties, addressing all maintenance needs, along with managing and performing landscaping and lawn care. For a full position description and details on the application process visit https://bit.ly/3U2EVHE 

All applications must be submitted online using the provided link. The position closes on April 25. Questions can be directed to jan.zadra@wisconsinhistory.org or (608) 264-6409.

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4 weeks ago

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Sarah Dousman Allen every time I see pictures of the Villa Louis Historic Site it makes me smile.

We would like to thank the responding agencies that arrived onsite tonight for what was thankfully a false alarm. Unfortunately, a sensor sent a false reading indicating that we had a fire onsite. Staff did a thorough walkthrough with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department and Prairie du Chien Police and everything is safe and sound! Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
We would like to thank the responding agencies that arrived onsite tonight for what was thankfully a false alarm. Unfortunately, a sensor sent a false reading indicating that we had a fire onsite. Staff did a thorough walkthrough with the Prairie du Chien Fire Department and Prairie du Chien Police and everything is safe and sound! Thank you!

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Whew!

Good to hear everything is OK !!!!

Thank God!

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