Wisconsin Veterans Museum | Events

The museum sponsors events and programs throughout the year, most of which are free. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Did you miss a program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum? Visit our YouTube and Vimeo channels to watch our award-winning programs or find links to select past events here.

SPRING EVENTS

Date: January 20 - May 27, 2016
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: THE ENEMY AT HOME

Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register here

 

Quarterly dinner lecture event. Every MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM will feature a new speaker, topic, dinner, beverages (alcoholic drinks available at a cash bar), and time to socialize before and after the talk. Join us as we transform this historic naval tradition into our own. Registration is required.

Join Cora Lee Kluge, Co-Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, as she explores both the illiberalism and intolerance experienced by German Americans in the World War I era (especially in Wisconsin), and also their thoughts about and reactions to the hostile environment in which they found themselves.

Menu:

Apple Stuffed Pork Loin with Cider Cream Sauce
Garden salad and assorted dressings
braised red cabbage
roasted redskin potatoes
rolls and butter

 

Registration/Cancellation deadline: Thursday, April 28, 2016

SPRING GALLERY NIGHT

Date: May 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

Join us the evening of May 6, from 5-9 PM as we participate in Madison's Gallery Night presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore the museum and make sure to check out our exhibit WAR : RAW Healing Military Trauma Through Expressive Art for the last time during Gallery Night. WAR: RAW is open to the public until May 8, 2016.

 

SPARK!

Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*FREE event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will look at artifacts from the museum teaching collection and participate in an informal discussion about important objects in our lives.

New Temporary Exhibit: THE ART OF PERSUASION: MOBILIZING THE MASSES IN WORLD WAR I

Date: May 27, 2016 - March 1, 2017
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

This new exhibit will examine the role of propaganda in shaping public opinion during the war. The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I will be on display in our temporary exhibit space until March 2017.


SPARK!

Date: June 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison
*Free event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will meet in the Research Center on the 3rd floor to look at images from our collection and participate in informal discussion, conversation and observation.

 

SPARK!

Date: July 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison
*FREE event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will meet in the Education Center on the 2nd floor for a paper-making workshop with guest artist, Drew Matott of the Peace Paper Project.  

PRINT-MAKING SUMMER CAMP

Date: July 5-8, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED*

For the first time, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is offering a summer camp-Young Print Makers Summer Camp.  During this four-day afternoon camp, children ages 8-12 will learn about various print making techniques and will join Drew Matott of the Peace Paper Project in the creation of paper. This event is in partnership with the Madison Children's Museum.

Registration/Cancellation deadline: Monday, June 27, 2016


PEACE PAPER PROJECT ON STATE

Date: July 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

Drew Matott of the Peace Paper Project will be joining us for two days of workshops. The Peace Paper Project is an art initiative that focuses on trauma therapy through paper making.

Pedestrians are invited to become participants in the papermaking process. No registration is required.

 

12th Annual Golf Outing

Date: July 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: The Oaks Golf Course
City: Madison

Register online here

The 12th annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum golf outing, is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016. The event will take place at the beautiful course at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove.

The fee for individual golfers is $95 before June 10th and $125.00 after June 10th. Price includes green fees, cart with GPS, range balls, tee gifts, lunch and a heavy hors d' eourves reception following golf. Register online by clicking here.

All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

 WE NEED YOUR HELP! We currently are seeking sponsors and prize drawing donations. View the downloadable form below for information. If you are interested, contact Eileen Newcomer at eileen.newcomer@wvmfoundation.com or (608) 261-0536.

All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

SPARK!

Date: August 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*FREE event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will meet in the museum galleries to look at some chosen artifacts in the collection. There will be informal discussion, conversation and observation in the gallery.
 

TALKING SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR XVIII

Date: October 8-9, 2016
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery
City: Madison
The Eighteenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour at Forest Hill Cemetery will take place the first week of October.  New this year are Saturday night Self-Guided Candlelit Tours, and the ability to purchase tickets online for public day Sunday tours. Purchasing tickets online will allow you to book preferred time slots of tours. 

Tuesday, Oct. 4-Friday, Oct. 7: Talking Spirits Cemetery Educational/School Tours available. For more information or to book at tour, contact us at (608)-264-7663 or by email at visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov

Saturday, Oct. 8: Experience the evening at the cemetery with the first-ever Self-Guided Night Candlelit Tour of Forrest Hill Cemetery (more information available early Summer).

PUBLIC DAY-Sunday, Oct. 9: Join us for the Eighteenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour Public Day tours. On the 90-minute walking tour, local actors portray the contributions of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sunday Tours leave every 20 minutes starting at 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Purchase tickets online for public day Sunday tours. Purchasing tickets online will allow you to book preferred time slots of tours.  Online ticket purchase will become available early Summer.


 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Date: December 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: University Club
City: Madison

To close out or event season and welcome the holiday spirit, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will feature Home for the Holidays, a 1940s USO-Style holiday dance at the University Club, 8 PM on Saturday, December 10th. A live band will play swing, 1940s and holiday music. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres contemporary to the 1940s. Join us at 7 PM for beginner swing dance lessons.

Registration is required, ticket price is to be determined. 

 

 

 

 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.