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Public Tours

Admission Details

All Are Welcome

Octagon House Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

from May 5 to October 29 for the Summer 2023 Season.  



$15 - Adult

$12 - Military/Senior/AAA/First Responders/Educators

$8  K-12 Student

Free - Under  

Family of 4 or more - $40


For information on discounts, you can get in touch directly.

reservations are first come, first serve

advance reservations are recommended, as tours can fill up as tour date approaches

tickets are not refundable, but can be transferred

Guided House Tour

1st & 3rd  Saturday & Sunday of the month

Enjoy a guided tour of the Octagon House and then learn about early Hudson business, industry, trades, and homesteading on your own in the History Alcove.

Self Guided Admission

Every  Friday

and the 2nd Saturday & Sunday of the Month

Walk through the Octagon House and History Alcove on your own.  Interpretive signage and artifacts on display with Octagon House Family booklets available to visitors. 

Living History Days

4th Saturday & Sunday of the month

Interact with costumed interpreters and watch historic crafts demonstrations throughout the museum complex.

May 27 & 28 ~ Games of the Gilded Age 

Stop by the Octagon House for a weekend of parlor and yard (weather permitting, of course) games.  There will be card games, cribbage, and Mah Jongg in the house.  Wisconsin weather permitting, we will enjoy croquet outside in the gardens. 


June 24  ~ Civil War on the Homefront 

Join us at the Octagon House to experience Civil War era life on the Homefront.  We will feature Civil War era artifacts, including books, household items, currency, and more. 

Sunday, June 25 - When the Train Comes to Town 

Come by the Octagon House Museum to meet costumed interpreters who will share the experience of riding the rails


July 22 & 23 ~ Annual Civil War Encampment 

Come to the Octagon House to meet soldiers and camp followers from the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Company B “Prescott Guards”.  Costumed interpreters, reenactors, and demonstrators will be sharing stories and showing Civil War artifacts. 


August 26 & 27 ~ The Second World War 

Learn about WWI from costumed interpreters and artifacts from the time on display through the Octagon House. 


September 23 & 24 ~ Harvest time for the Household 

Step back in time prior to the onset supermarkets and convenience foods.  Discover ways of preparing for a Wisconsin winter after the harvest.   


October 28 & 29 ~ Death Customs 

Visit us at the Octagon House to delve into 1800s death customs with a display of postmortem photography and proper mourning materials.  Learn about death etiquette and hear local lore of lives lost. 

History Alcove Museum -
included with paid admission to the Octagon House Museum

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May through October
Last admission time at 3pm

The History Alcove showcases a vast collection of historic objects that portray our local history.  Display pieces include historic medical instruments, hand tools, cookware, tools and implements, crockery, railroad artifacts, industry and business machines, even a model of the cyclone proof house from the 1893 world fair.  Immerse yourself in Hudson area history from the 1850s to the 1950s.

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