WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Explore History in a New Way

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to Black Point Estate & Gardens for general admission and special experiences. See below for more information on how you can explore history in a new way.

Black Point Estate & Gardens Admission Opens on May 29 | Dates & Times Vary Seasonally

The Wisconsin Historical Society is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our guests, members, and staff. Read the information below to learn about our 2021 health and safety protocols.

Explore Black Point Estate & Gardens

As it has been for over 130 years, Black Point Estate & Gardens is a place to relax, explore, and retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. After enjoying a scenic boat tour of beautiful Geneva Lake, you’ll arrive at the estate which spans across eight acres of land and 620 feet of undisturbed shoreline. Explore the decades of history left behind by several generations of the Seipp family.

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Black Point Estate & Gardens Events

Special Experiences

Explore the special experiences offered at Black Point Estate & Gardens this year! Events like walking tours and beer tastings are new ways to experience Black Point and learn about the past. Advance registration is required for some events.

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For Your Health & Safety

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Registration

Advance registration is required for some events

Face Masks required. Mask.

Face Mask
Policy

Continue to wear face masks if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning & sanitizing enhanced at all facilities

Maintain Social Distance. Two people 6 ft apart.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing while on-site

2021 Site Protocols

Effective June 1, in accordance with current state guidelines
  • To protect your safety and ours, if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 please continue to wear face masks while on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • Please practice social distancing at our historic sites and museums.
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site.
  • All facilities will adhere to increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building.
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom.
  • Staff and guests, per CDC guidance, are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

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Explore Other 2021 Experiences

This season, we are excited to welcome visitors to some of our historic sites & museums for general admission and special experiences. Click the button below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

Black Point Estate & Gardens, Circus World, Old World Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum are open for general admission and special experiences. First Capitol, H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum, Madeline Island Museum, Pendarvis, Reed School, Stonefield, Villa Louis, and Wade House Historic Site remain closed for public programming for the 2021 season.

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Circus World

Walking by the Capitol Square

Wisconsin Historical Museum

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Old World Wisconsin

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Don’t forget—members receive free general admission and a 10% discount on special experiences.
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Black Point Estate & Gardens

Voyage Back in Time

Sojourn to the past with friends and family! When you visit Black Point Estate & Gardens you step up to the original American dream. Take in a veranda view and learn from our guides how Chicago beer baron Conrad Siepp’s success was reflected in his ornate Queen Anne Victorian home and lifestyle on Geneva Lake.
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"Wonderful, it was like you were stepping back in time. It was amazing how well-preserved all the furnishings are inside and outside."

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CALENDAR

Use our online calendar to see all the exciting events, activities, and programs happening at Black Point Estate.
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EXPLORE BLACK POINT


1888 QUEEN ANNE SUMMER COTTAGE

Explore the elegant trappings of this magnificent summer estate built by Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp in 1888 as a family getaway from the heat and bustle of the city.
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ESTATE GARDENS

Explore the estate’s formal gardens and newly installed Wisconsin woodland garden! The massive event lawn evokes memories of lawn games leisurely played on lazy summer days.
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ABOUT US

Learn about the history of Black Point Estate & Gardens.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip today! Tickets, Hours, Directions and more.
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