We connect visitors to the history of Wisconsin through exhibits on topics ranging from prehistory to the present.
Exhibits are open at the McAllister House Welcome Center and historic structures throughout the MCHS campus.


mcallister house Welcome center exhibits

Discover the unique stories of our past with our "What Makes Us Who We Are" exhibit inside the McAllister House Welcome Center. The exhibit takes you through Native American tribes, pioneer settlement, and innovative movements. The prized Flag of Company A greets visitors and shares its unique story of creation, war, and coming home. An interactive Civil War tent also features hands-on learning opportunities for our young visitors. 

Did you know Manitowoc had a circus training school?  See video footage from the circus school, as well as other home movies and content from our media archives.


Temporary exhibits

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working warriors:june 2017

Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat, a traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, will be on display at the Manitowoc County Historical Society in June, 2017.

Working Warriors highlights the everyday life of service men and women. About 75% of military work is considered non-combat. These roles rarely make the headlines, but are vital to every military operation.
Exploring the non-combat roles of military service personnel, including work as beauticians, military police, dentists, mechanics, and photographers, this exhibit showcases an often overlooked but highly relatable side of military life.
This exhibit is provided courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and is funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council is honored to provide this exhibit as part of its Working Lives Project. Go to www.wisconsinhumanities.org for more details.

This exhibit is included in paid admission to the museum. All active military families and veterans receive free admission for the duration of the exhibit. 

Circus display: August 2017

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