Octagon House Museum & America's First Kindergarten

919 Charles St., Watertown, WI 53094 - United States



Museum Day Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm ‐ 3:00 pm

The Octagon House, five floors of solid brick construction completed in 1854, was designed and built by John Richards, a pioneer Watertown settler. The house is one of the largest single family residences of the pre-Civil War period in Wisconsin.

It's construction included central heating, running water and ventilating systems. In addition to those "modern conveniences," the house features a central spiral staircase which rises from the first floor to the cupola.

Occupied only by the Richards' family members, the house was given to the Watertown Historical Society and has been open to the public since 1938.


The Octagon House contains many furniture pieces and decorative items original to the Richards' family. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a display has been created showcasing many Watertown-related artifacts associated with the war and time period.

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone and in person.

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