Elementary students learn about the lives of early Sheboygan County residents by touring the Museum's historic buildings

Full-Day Education Programs at the Museum

The Museum annually hosts nearly 3,000 elementary students for Full-Day Education programs, serving schools throughout our region. Four curriculum units offer students the opportunity to experience American History hands-on, through the lens of Sheboygan County. Open to public and private schools and homeschool groups, our Full-Day Education Programs run from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and are designed to meet Wisconsin and District curriculum standards.

First Peoples of Sheboygan County
Recently revised in collaboration with indigenous partners, students will learn about the First Peoples of Sheboygan and Wisconsin. Students will experience hands-on how natural materials were used to create needed resources such as baskets and projectile points, along with exploring a recreated Woodland era home.  Students will then examine how the Fur Trade Era brought change, both positive and negative, to the lives of the areas earliest residents.

Journey to Sheboygan County
What was it like for early European immigrants to make the journey to Sheboygan? How did they sustain themselves? Students learn about pioneer life through a variety of hands-on activities such as making candles, carding, spinning and weaving wool, quilting, visiting a cabin made from hand-hewn logs, reading a map, carrying water, and starting fire with flint and tinder.

Historic Jobs of Sheboygan County
How have jobs changed and how have they stayed the same? Students learn about early jobs in Sheboygan County. They measure yard goods and weigh commodities at the General Store, learn how barrels were made, visit a cheese factory, and explore historic careers in great lakes shipping, farming, blacksmithing, and lumber.

The Civil War and Sheboygan County
Students travel back to the time of the Civil War and learn about its impact on the lives of people in Sheboygan County. Students “enlist” in the Union Army, march with a model rifle, send telegraph messages, make a toy drum, carry a stretcher, try out crutches, design a flag, play period games, crawl into a dog tent, sample chicory coffee, pose for a long-exposure photo, and much more.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact our Education Program Coordinator by email or at 920-458-1103, ext. 7103.

Sponsored in part by Sheboygan County, Kenneth W. Conger Educational Endowment Fund, Torke Coffee, Dalton Carpet Outlet

Education Volunteers Needed!

Do you love working with children and learning about history?

Are you available on weekday mornings or afternoons?

As we ramp back up to serving nearly 3,000 students annually, we need more volunteers to help with Education Programs. No teaching experience is necessary. We provide training and let you choose your interests and sign up for morning or afternoon shifts. (Shout out to the volunteers who come for the full day!) Volunteers also staff our “Busy Bee” days, to assemble kits for Full Day Education Programs.

If you or someone you know might be interested, let’s talk. We’d love to hear from you!

Learn more about volunteering at the Museum

Students learn about the lives of Sheboygan's early German immigrants

Visiting the Weinhold Log Cabin

A Sheboygan elementary student learns how to spin a wooden "buzz saw" in the Full-Day Education Program at the Sheboygan History Museum

Playing old-time games

Four elem

Learning about pioneer life

Elementary students experience a Civil War encampment during a Full-Day Education Program at the Sheboygan History Museum

Civil War Encampment

Regular Museum Hours

February 1 - October 31

Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, 10 AM - 3 PM



Holiday Memories Hours

Friday After Thanksgiving - December 30

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Monday & Tuesday, Noon - 7 PM

Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 PM

Additional hours by appointment for groups



FREE - Members

$10 - Adults

$7 - Senior Citizens (62+) and Active Military

$5 - Children 6 - 17

FREE - Children 5 and under



The Museum is closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

Sheboygan County Museum

Sheboygan County Museum

3110 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081, USA
[email protected]
(920) 458-1103