See You in Spring 2024! 

Black Point Estate & Gardens will reopen for general admission in May 2024. While you wait, our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

See You in Spring 2024!

Black Point Estate & Gardens will reopen for general admission in May 2024. While you wait, our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

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Wisconsin Historical Society members receive unlimited free admission to our 11 historic sites and museums, a complimentary annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, merchandise discounts and more. Join at the Family level and above for added benefits and discounts at over 1,200 organizations nationwide! 

Black Point Estate & Gardens building at Grand Geneva surrounded by trees

Take a Cruise to the Victorian Summer Retreat of a Chicago Beer Baron

Black Point Estate was built for Chicago Beer Baron Conrad Seipp in 1888 as a retreat, and in that spirit the home remains a place to relax, refresh, and explore. Just like the Victorian VIPs who established the estate, you’ll arrive in style and enjoy stunning Geneva Lake views on your cruise to this magnificent mansion, considered one of the finest examples of period architecture and furniture in the Midwest, and one of the oldest homes in Lake Geneva. 


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Historic House Museum.

Sure feels like opening for the season weather.

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12 hours ago
Sure feels like opening for the season weather. 

#eternalsummer

Only 70 days until we open for our 136th season!

This image of the Lady of the Lake is from 1895. Black Point was already seven years old at this time.

While both Black Point and the Lady are still here, one is accessible only to underwater divers.

If you are wondering where the Riviera Building is, that wouldn't be built for another 37 years!
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3 days ago
Only 70 days until we open for our 136th season! 

This image of the Lady of the Lake is from 1895. Black Point was already seven years old at this time.

While both Black Point and the Lady are still here, one is accessible only to underwater divers.

If you are wondering where the Riviera Building is, that wouldnt be built for another 37 years!

From our historic clothing collection.

Ladies skirt and similar waist: Embossed wool faille. c. 1900

In this era, a top was called a “waist”. Both pieces are made of the similar fabric but different pattern. Although paired together for this exhibit, these were not originally worn together.
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5 days ago
From our historic clothing collection.

Ladies skirt and similar waist: Embossed wool faille. c. 1900

In this era, a top was called a “waist”. Both pieces are made of the similar fabric but different pattern. Although paired together for this exhibit, these were not originally worn together.