Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin, the nation’s largest living history museum, enables spectators to view and experience the ways of 19th century rural Wisconsin life. Stroll through Crossroads Village and ethnic farm sites to see working farmsteads with historic breeds of animals, a blacksmith shop, a general store and more than 50 restored structures.
The Clausing Barn Upper Loft seats up to 175 guests in a charming octagonal barn, and the Clausing Barn Restaurant seats up to 70 guests in a casual environment with access to an intimate patio setting. Both are available after the museum has closed for private events. Large groups can rent the Norwegian Picnic Pavilion, a sheltered pavilion seating up to 400 guests. Guests can tour the museum with or without curators providing customized (to group interest) discussions of the history of the site and its structures; obtaining and moving the historic structures; collection of artifacts; vintage baseball; historic clothing and heirloom gardens. Trams are available to assist navigating through the museum in a shorter period of time. On-site lunch, dinner and picnic catering is available at all locations listed above.
The 1,600 square foot Rotary Building is nestled between extensively landscaped formal gardens and the Fox River in picturesque Frame Park. The building offers tables and chairs for seating of up to 120 plus podium with microphone and, with fireplace, it offers attendees a unique, scenic view of the natural landscaped river edge. Large open areas are also available and suitable for tented events or outdoor group activities. An on-site caterer’s kitchen is available for use.
Historic Downtown Waukesha
Originally built in 1913 as the Waukesha Post Office, the Rotunda is an inspired choice for many events. By day, sunlight cascades through the Rotunda’s beautiful stained glass skylight and onto the circular coffered dome. By night, tiered gold chandeliers create a gentle ambiance diffusing facets of warmth into every corner. Updated in 2010, the Rotunda features a grand dome, hand-painted walls and upper mezzanine, allowing for a grand view of the room seating up to 250 guests. Catered daytime and evening events are available.
Ten Chimneys is a national historic landmark that was once the home of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. One tour and you’ll be enchanted by the personal décor and private collections the Lunts assembled in the 1930s and 1940s. Enjoy notes from Laurence Olivier and Carol Channing, mementos from Helen Hayes and Noel Coward, first edition books by Edna Ferber and Alexander Woollcott, plus interactive exhibitions and nature trails.
Stunning private events can be hosted in the Lunt-Fontanne Program Center’s Lower Level Program Hall and Main Floor Lobby. The gracious 3,150 square feet Program Hall accommodates 250 guests (seated) or 300 guests (reception) and boasts of reclaimed antique maple floors, theatrical lighting, vintage photos of the Lunts, plus floor-to-ceiling views of the grounds and its sheltering oaks. Catered daytime and evening events are available. The spacious 2,500 square feet lobby dazzles guests with its eclectic furnishings and playful, Lunt-inspired elegance for catered evening-only receptions of up to 150 guests.
Waukesha County Museum
Historic Downtown Waukesha
Host your next meeting or event at the museum to offer your group, up to 80, a unique and fascinating venue. The museum exhibits are open for guests to enjoy before, during, and after your event. Here, they’ll discover Waukesha County with interactive tours that explore the history and culture of our area. From glaciers and early settlement to technology and architecture, trained tour guides offer insight into the varied history that is unique to Waukesha County. Tours can be customized to your group’s needs.