Pinecrest Historical Village Manitowoc
History & Museums Manitowoc Two Rivers

Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc.

Preserved Czech farmstead, the home was built in 1876. The entire farmstead has displays and exhibits. Located at the site is also a Pavilion with exhibits, air-conditioned and heated, with a conference room and is handicap accessible. Open for tours, including specialty meals and entertainment.

Volunteer non-profit organization operated by Agricultural Heritage Resources, Inc.

Capitol Civic Centre

What began as an opulent 1920’s movie house, this recently renovated theater is “center stage,” hosting local theater, music, comedy, dance, famous starts and more! Rentals are welcome. Free tours available; call the box office in advance for accommodations. See the stars’ dressing rooms, “Green Room!,” backstage, and historic theatre, while learning the theater’s history. Go online,, to learn more and to see what’s on stage at the Capitol. 

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

Two Rivers Historical Society:

We’re celebrating the History of Hamilton and enter into a new era in the preservation of American Wood Type. Printing & type cutting demos and interesting displays for the entire family.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the Museum is home to an amazing array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, and all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs.

$5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for ages 65 and over, or under 12.


Historic Washington House

This warm 1850 hotel, historic saloon and museum will thrill Children of all ages. Enjoy the antique toy collection and the Victorian doll house, rare murals in second floor ballroom, and Ed Berner’s old-time ice cream parlor, the home of the original Ice Cream Sundae, and enjoy the red, white and blue Washington House Sundae as well as other soda fountain specialties. No admission fee.

Manitowoc County Historical Society

Discover a Civil War flag, learn the story of Manitowoc’s famous circus performers and see a 300-year-old dugout canoe! Many other interesting and historical things await you!


Summer Hours (May 1 through October 24):

The McAllister House Welcome Center and Pinecrest Historical Village are open May 1 through October 24, Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Closed Monday.

Standard admission rates apply. See full admission rates below.


Winter Hours (October 25 to April 30): The McAllister House Welcome Center is open October 25 through April 30, Wednesday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm. The Pinecrest Historical Village buildings are not open unless for special programming. Special admission rate for winter hours is $5 per person.


Business Description:

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!


New Holstein Historical Society

Herman C. Timm House was built in 1873 and added on to in 1892. It has been fully restored (period 1893-1905) and is one of the Midwest’s few remaining “stick-style” Victorian Homes. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and features guided tours of both floors. Pioneer Corner Museum used to be a general store. Built in 1879, it houses general displays on the history of New Holstein as well as vignettes of early businesses & a one-room school house. Located on Hwy 57, 20 minutes from Manitowoc, offering walking tours, group pricing, combination tickets for both properties, costumed guides and step on guides (please call for information).

Pinecrest Historical Village

Step back in time to explore village and farm life in Manitowoc County from the 1850’s to the early 1900’s, travel through 25 historic buildings, and discover hands on activities at the Children’s Discovery Village. Located just three miles west of I-43, (Exit #152).

A Victorian Mansion built in 1891, listed on National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums. Galleries feature changing exhibitions and a collection of American Art. This is the site of Sputnikfest, as a piece of Sputnik IV landed in front of the Mansion in 1962. Named one of USA Today’s “10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum features a World Class Art Collection.

Rogers Street Fishing Village and Museum

Nestled on the shore of the East Twin River, this museum village and heritage park is devoted to the history of Great Lakes commercial and charter fishing. Celebrate  175+ years of fishing heritage since 1837 by exploring an 1886 lighthouse, shipwreck artifacts, and beautiful works of art.  Or stop and ponder at the French Canadian exhibit, read about the Lifesaving Service, and picture yourself with the commercial fisherman. We’ve recently added, more artifacts from the famous Christmas Tree Ship (Rouse Simmons). Relive famous maritime disasters in the Coast Guard exhibit “Shipwrecks”!

We’re open Memorial day through mid October, from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday, and Noon-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


Two Rivers Historic Farm Museum

Preserving a way of life through the display of farming equipment fifty years and older. This museum is dedicated to the hardest working people in Wisconsin…the dairy farmers. This unique Museum displays miscellaneous tools, antique tractors, vintage farm equipment and a display of a living room, kitchen/dining room and a bedroom of a farmhouse from the early 1900’s.


Wisconsin Maritime Museum and WWII Submarine

The Midwest’s largest maritime museum, where kids and adults can tour of the nation’s most completely restored WWII submarine, the USS COBIA. Discover a gallery dedicated to Wisconsin-built recreational boats, or time-travel back to a 19th century shipbuilding town. Have fun with hands-on activities in the Children’s Waterways Room and Little Lakefarer’s Room, and you can operate a working triple-expansion marine steam engine.  Then visit the Museum’s Gift Store, Pier 75, for all your nautical purchases! All at the region’s only Smithsonian affiliate and the largest Maritime Museum on the Great Lakes.

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