(262) 335-4678

Old Courthouse
& Jail Museums

Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

St. Agnes Historic Site
By Appointment Only

Upcoming Events

CLOSED: Research Center Closed for Inventory @ Old Courthouse Museum
Dec 23 2016 – Jan 18 2017 all-day
CLOSED: Research Center Closed for Inventory @ Old Courthouse Museum

Research Center will be closed for inventory from December 23, 2016 to January 17, 2017.  It will reopen January 18, 2017 at 11 am.

Volunteer Open House: Washington County and its History Center @ Old Courthouse Museum
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

volrecruitment2017Take a whirlwind journey of Washington County from pre-history to the 21st Century. Special attention is given to The History Center, which traces its beginnings to 1874, and key people who took part in creating some of the finest county museums in the state.

Afterwards, mingle with current volunteers and staff to learn about volunteer opportunities at The History Center during a complimentary pizza party.

Program is free. Space is limited to 20 people.  Contact Jessica (262) 335-4678 or  education@historyisfun.com to sign-up.



Collection of Collectors @ Old Courthouse Museum
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Discover what your neighbors collect during the 11th annual COLLECTION of COLLECTORS.

Collectors share their interesting & unique passion. You’ll learn something new during this fun, informal, & FREE program.

Includes FREE admission to the Old Courthouse Museum. Museum hours are 9:00am-3:00pm.

If you have 2 of something, it’s a collection! And it doesn’t have to be old!

Want to share your collection? Contact Jessica education@historyisfun.com or (262) 335-4678 to register your collection. It’s FREE to participate and all ages of collectors are welcome!

Freddy “the Fish” Refried @ Old Courthouse Museum
Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Chicago want-to-be-famous gangster, Freddy ‘the fish” and his gang are up to their old tricks again causing havoc in the normally quiet Washington County.  At his last trial (through bribes and charm) he was surprisingly found NOT-GUILTY by the jurors, but when his girlfriend was about to reveal a secret, she choked on a cheese curd and died.  The infuriated Judge Bucklin sent Freddy back to jail to await another trial.  However, Freddy was able to escape while being taken to Chicago for a trial. In a disguise, he was able to return to Washington County without anyone noticing!  

Everyone participates in this fun and interactive Courtroom Mystery Dinner. Dinner will be a buffet of several light meal choices designed by Chef Jeff. Cash bar for Beer, Wine, and Malt Beverages.  Period dress is encouraged! 

All proceeds benefit the History Center.  

We are offering a special gift offer for the Holidays, Valentines Day, or any special day.  Freddy will send a personal letter to the recipient and tell them (in a way they can’t refuse) he needs them to appear at the trial on February 18 at 5:00 p.m. to defend him and his gang.  When ordering, choose the number of GIFT TICKETS needed and we will contact you regarding the recipient’s information.  

Thank you to Thrivent for their support. 


West Bend High School Chamber Ensemble Concert @ Old Courthouse Museum
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm

Hear the West Bend High School Chamber Ensemble preform in the beautiful Old Courtroom.

Junior Girl Scout Program: Mystery in the Museum @ Old Courthouse Museum
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Junior Girl Scouts are called to the scene of a robbery at the Old Courthouse Museum. Complete activities and put the clues together to discovery who the culprit is!

-Dust for Fingerprints
-Analyze Handwriting
-Learn Chromatography
-Collect Trace Evidence

Who: Junior Girl Scouts (grades 4 & 5)

Where: Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend 53095

Fee: $9.00/Girl Scout or adult. Cash, check, or credit cards. Due to limited space, only registered Junior Girl Scouts may participate.

REGISTRATION and PAYMENT REQUIRED by February 24, 2017. Each Girl Scout must be registered by a parent or guardian. Troop leaders may attend for no charge but, please, no additional parents. Badges not included.


Contact Jessica (262) 335-4678 or education@historyisfun.com to register.

Show ‘n’ Tell with Mike Paul @ Old Courthouse Museum
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dig out your family treasures, dust them off, and bring them to Show ‘n’ Tell with Mike Paul. Mike Paul is a professional appraiser and auctioneer of Paul Auction Company, Inc. in Kewaskum.

Mike will share his incredible knowledge of antiques with the audience as he examines each piece.

Even if you don’t have anything to share, this evening is fun & informative.

$5.00/non-member. Free/WCHS Member. Please, only ONE ITEM per person.

Don’t have an item? There’s no charge to watch.

Contact Jessica education@historyisfun.com or (262) 335-4678.

My Great Uncle Carl Quickert, Washington County Historian @ Old Courthouse Museum
Apr 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Carl Quickert (1869-1951) was a well known and personable local historian, accomplished poet, and newspaper man. He was intensely private, too. His 1923 book, The Story of Washington County, remains a source of early county history.

Quickert’s great-nephew, John Brauer, will share the life story of his great-uncle as well as insights into Quickert’s writing style and sources of inspiration.

Program is free with admission to the Old Courthouse Museum.

Contact Jessica education@historyisfun.com or (262) 335-4678.

Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name @ Old Courthouse Museum
May 3 @ 11:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm

Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum are pleased to share Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name – a traveling exhibit that features a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C*. The exhibit also includes additional photos for names that are listed on The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Neillsville, WI. Wisconsin Remembers is a tribute to lost life and lost potential.

Memorial Day Free Old Courthouse Museum Admission @ Old Courthouse Museum
May 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

memorialday_vetsdayEnjoy the Memorial Celebration on the Washington County Veteran’s Plaza then visit the Old Courthouse Museum for FREE!

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