WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Group Tours


GROUP TOURS

Walk through the doors of the Villa Louis Mansion and step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most historic families. Stroll through the extravagant lifestyle of the Dousman family from the fur trade industry to the end of the 19th century. Plant your feet in the place where the only Wisconsin battle of the War of 1812 was fought. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien.

HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES

MANSION TOUR

Follow the lives of the prosperous Dousman Family as you tour their Victorian home, meticulously restored to its 1890s British Arts & Crafts splendor. Dive beneath the surface of Gilded-Age life amid our collection of original family furnishings. Ask questions and make the tour your own.

STEP-ON TOUR

Ride through historic Prairie du Chien and explore the many treasures the town has to offer from the comfort of your tour bus. Our guide will lead you on a journey of exploration through one of Wisconsin’s oldest communities, narrating events and stories of the many people who have called this river valley home.

Note: Tour length and route can be modified to suit time constraints.

WALKING TOUR

Take a stroll beside the Mississippi River and explore the many-layered history of Western Wisconsin’s oldest town. This guided outdoor walking tour will step from the foundations of Fort Crawford to the homes and trading posts of the old Main Village of Prairie du Chien, showing how the Upper Mississippi Valley has been shaped by American Indians, French-Canadians, and American settlers.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Take a peek behind the velvet ropes of a historic house museum. This guided tour takes an in-depth look at the Dousman family and gives a glimpse into the day-to-day inner workings of this restored Victorian mansion. Each behind-the-scenes tour features access to the attic and basement and highlights the care and keeping of a different object from the Dousman family collection.

  • VISIT DURATION

    Mansion Tour: 90 minutes
    Step-On Tour: 30-60 minutes
    Walking Tour: 90 minutes
    Behind the Scenes: 120 minutes

    Note: We ask that you plan at least 90 minutes for a group tour. This includes time to get on and off the bus. Tours generally begin on the top of the hour but can be arranged at any time of day.

GROUP RATE
AVAILABLE TO GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE

* COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION FOR GROUP ESCORTS & MOTOR COACH DRIVERS

Villa Louis offers free bus and van parking.