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Public Tours

Admission Details

All Are Welcome

Octagon House Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

 May 5 through October 29 for the Summer 2023 Season.  



$15 - Adult

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

$8  K-12 Student

Free - Ages 5 and under  

Family of 4 or more - $40

Tickets are available at the door and online. Reservations are highly recommended for large groups, special occasions and required for private and special events.

Advance reservations are recommended as tours can fill up quickly.

Tickets are not refundable but are transferrable.


Guided House Tour

1st & 3rd  Saturday & Sunday of the month

Hourly tours beginning at 11am with the last tour departing at 4pm

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


Self Guided Admission

Second Saturday & Sunday of the Month

Every Friday from 11am to 4pm

Walk through the Octagon House and History Alcove at your own pace.  Interpretive signage and artifacts are on display as you tour.  Octagon House Family booklets are also available to visitors. 


Living History Days

4th Saturday & Sunday of the month

11am to 4pm

Enjoy interacting with costumed interpreters and history demonstrations throughout the museum.

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. 

Past Events

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 railroad experience.

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 history demonstrators will be sharing stories and showing Civil War era artifacts. 

August 26 & 27 ~ The Second World War

Visit with costumed interpreters and view artifacts from the war era on display at the Octagon House Museum. 


History Alcove Museum 

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.

Included with paid admission to the Octagon House Museum

Friday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm
May through October

(715) 386-2654


Christmas Tours

First Three Weekends of December

from 11am to 4pm

Come see the historic Hudson Octagon House with wreathes in the windows, decorations adorning the tree, gifts ready for giving, music and games ready for playing, the dining room table set for holiday feasting, and enjoy being surrounded by the warm traditions of the Moffat-Hughes Family for Christmas.

Please choose your preferred date by clicking the "Select Different Date" button located near the center of the Octagon House Family Christmas page by following the "Octagon House Family Christmas" button below.

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