• The Milwaukee County Historical Society celebrates the holiday season with an exhibition that celebrates the many traditions and treasures of Milwaukeeans during this magical time of year. Visitors are invited to the Historical Society to see the holiday décor and to experience the Treasures and Traditions Exhibition which includes historic images and objects related to Milwaukee such as the Christmas Parade and Santa’s favorite helper, Billie the Brownie.

Milwaukee County Historical Society

Photo Collections

Photo Collections

The Research Library has close to a million photographs in the collections.  These are a sampling of some of the photos available to patrons.

Historic Properties

Historic Properties

The Historical Society operates three museum houses and one historic site. Early nineteenth century Milwaukee settlers from diverse origins are represented by Trimborn Farm, the Jeremiah Curtin House, the Lowell Damon House, and Kilbourntown House.

Facility Rental

Facility Rental

Looking for a great new place to rent for your next event?  Our facility provides a unique setting for weddings, reunions, fund raising events, holiday parties and other special occasions.

  • December 6th & 7th, 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Admission is free to the public but there is a cost for pictures with Santa and refreshments.

    For those who want to enjoy a holiday event in addition to the exhibition, all are welcome for the Very Merry Milwaukee Event on December 6th and 7th. Take your picture with Santa, enjoy holiday refreshments, shop for stocking stuffers at select vendors and enjoy a story by Mrs. Claus.