Oconomowoc Area Historical Society

Committed to historic preservation and research

The museum is open Tuesday-Thursday and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Office hours are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Thank You to Piggly Wiggly receipt donors! We made enough money to fund a new laptop for the education volunteers. Please keep the receipts coming!


It is the mission of the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum to serve our many constituencies as a community resource and learning center, committed to historic preservation and research; and to inspire and encourage curiosity and passion for our historic treasures.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization and there is no charge for museum admittance.

Museum Mercantile

Opens Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum.


Posters, postcards, jewelry, scarves, apothecary items (LLBC-Vintage Formulas), ornaments (Hallmark), Oconomowoc landmarks, vintage Oconomowoc "Cat's Meows" village collector pieces and vintage Christmas.


Oconomowoc authors, Oconomowoc history children's.

Curiosities: Medical Books

Put to craft use for that old-timey look. A peek into the unusual antiquated concepts of medical practice before 1900.

Volunteer opportunity - Museum Documentation Specialist

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? Capture history? Desire to be part of a fun group that loves all things historical?

As our Museum Documentation Specialist, you'll be collecting information and updating paper and digital records. Inputing details about artifacts and archival materials going into our Collection Management System from paper records.

Learn how to maintain and store artifacts to insure safekeeping and ease of retrieval. And, contribute towards the preservation of Oconomowoc's history!

If you are interested or would like to learn more about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to give us a call at: 262-569-0740 or send an email to: oahsm@att.net.

History as Art

First ever event. A collaboration of the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum and Oconomowoc High School.

First Showing - Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at OAHSM

This event combines the artistic talents of Oconomowoc High School students with the inspiration and resources of the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum to meld the two fields of history and artistic interpretation into artworks.

Open to the Public. All guests to the Museum can vote for their favorites!

Voting starts on November 15 and continues until December 12, 2023.

Reception and Awards Event
Wednesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

Come and see what these talented students can do!
Vote anytime on Tuesday through Thursday or Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Model Railroad Open House
The MNWRR Model Railroad Open House was on Saturday, November 4, 2023. If you missed it this year be sure to join us next year. It's great family FUN no matter what your age!

About 250 guests attended our 9th Annual Milwaukee North Western Model Railroad Open House yesterday. People of all ages had a fun time watching and learning about the model trains' set-ups, finding out more about trains through our videos on the 'big screen' and buying lots and lots of model railroad related 'necessities'.

One very little guy who couldn't yet say 'train' was so excited to be there, all he could utter is "choo - choo" during his car ride to the event and all through the museum!

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