Visit the Swiss Historical Village & Museum
Immerse Yourself in Immigrant History at Our Detailed Replica of an 1850 Swiss Settlement
Get a glimpse of Swiss pioneer life while exploring each of our 14 artifact-filled Swiss Historical Village buildings, including a settler's cabin, collectibles shop, school, blacksmith, farm implement, bee house, church and more. Each building – some replicas, some incredible original structures – have rich layers of period furnishings, tools, implements, books and textiles once used in everyday Swiss-settlement life. You will leave the Swiss Historical Village with a complete understanding of how these brave immigrants lived and worked.
- Gravestones of some of the colony's founding members
- One room cabin built by pioneers in the 1850s that was found in a local farmhouse
- Entire print shop that produced newspapers starting in 1897
- 1902 ladder rig and hose cart once pulled by a team of running volunteer firemen
- Hall of History detailing immigration of the Swiss to New Glarus and efforts to preserve our traditions while becoming part of America
New Glarus Attractions
While you are in New Glarus, be sure to check out the other local historic and cultural Swiss fun, including festivals, music, museums, cultural centers, shopping, and authentic Swiss restaurants and logding.
Visit the New Glarus Chamber & Tourist Info website for all the options.
A knowledgeable Swiss Historical Village & Museum guide leads each tour. Tours are approximately an hour and a half. The tours are continuous, and you can join them at any point.
If you would prefer a self-guided tour, we can provide you a written guide to the buildings and their contents.
Please note that pets are not allowed on the grounds of the museum, unless the animal is a trained/registered service support for a person with disabilities.
Map & Driving Directions
New Glarus is about 25 minutes southwest of Madison, WI, on Highway 69.
The Swiss Historical Village is on the west side of New Glarus, along Highway 39. If entering New Glarus from Highway 69, go eight blocks west (on 6th Ave) and the museum will be on your left. Go around the block -- the entrance is on the south side at 612 7th Ave. There is a parking lot adjacent to the museum.
If traveling from the Chicago area, the easiest route is to exit I-90 at Beloit, take Highway 81 west to Monroe and then Highway 69 north to New Glarus.