WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Villa Louis from the side and slightly above, beautiful soft colors and warm light reveal this historic victorian home

Temporarily closed

for public programming in 2021

Villa Louis remains closed for public programming for the 2021 season due to temporary staff reassignments to help the frontline efforts of COVID-19 for the state of Wisconsin. While our teams continue to focus on helping communities and families affected by COVID-19, we will continue to care for and invest in the physical infrastructure and collections at our historic sites. We look forward to welcoming you back for general admission and special experiences in 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of our site during unprecedented time.
The patience and flexibility of our guests and supporters is what will allow the Wisconsin Historical Society to continue collecting, preserving, and sharing stories for generations to come.

Explore events and programs offered at other historic sites using the links below!

Save the Date! 40th Villa Louis Carriage Classic

Join us September 10-12, to see the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly-appointed equine sport driving event at the

Check back soon for more details and ticket information.

Explore the Site

2 boys looking through a window and one woman looking behind them

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 banks of the Mississippi River, Villa Louis offers a panorama of Wisconsin history, beginning with the arrival of early fur traders through the heyday of the Victorian era.

While this site is closed for public programming learn more about the 25 acre site with it’s major historical importance.

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2021 Events & Programs at Other Historic Sites

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to Black Point Estate & Gardens, Circus World, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum for general admission and special experiences. Click the buttons below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

Temporarily closed

for public programming in 2021

Villa Louis remains closed for public programming for the 2021 season due to temporary staff reassignments to help the frontline efforts of COVID-19 for the state. While our teams continue to focus on helping communities and families affected by COVID-19, we will continue to care for and invest in the physical infrastructure and collections at our historic sites. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of our site during this unprecedented time.
The patience and flexibility of our guests and supporters is what will allow the Wisconsin Historical Society to continue collecting, preserving, and sharing stories for generations to come.

Tours Calendar

2020 Tours Calendar

All events and programs have limited capacity and require an advanced reservation.

Download our tours calendar for 2020 season at Stonefield and Villa Louis

Villa Louis Tours 2020

Advance registration is required for all programs – call today to reserve a spot.

Face masks are required for all guests and staff and are available onsite as needed.

Each location is fulfilling an increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirement.

Maintain 6 feet or more space between yourself, other guests, and staff.

Gloves must be worn while inside historic buildings.

Before you visit, make sure to read the 2020 health and safety policies for Wisconsin Historical Society members and guests.

Read Here

Site Protocols

At each program and event, the following protocols will be enforced:

  • Reservations are required to visit Villa Louis*
  • To protect your safety and ours, face MASKS ARE REQUIRED for all guests and staff at our historic sites and museums
  • Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at all historic sites and museums
  • All events and programs will have a limited capacity to ensure social distancing guidelines are properly followed, keeping the safety of employees and guests as the top priority
  • Disposable masks will be available onsite
  • All facilities will adhere to significantly increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building
  • Staff and guests who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay at home
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom

*There will be some exceptions to the reservation requirement for in-person shopping. Click here to learn what stores are available for in-person shopping.

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