Manitowoc County Historical Society

924 Pinecrest Road, Manitowoc, WI 54220 - United States




Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. Feel the heat from the blacksmith’s forge, take part in one-room school lessons, and find your ancestor’s name in our archives.

This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village – a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County’s early settlers.

Discover Wisconsin’s stories of the past with a visit to the Manitowoc County Historical Society. Be part of our story today!


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.

What Makes Us Who We Are
Discover the unique stories of our past with our 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.


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