Membership and Donations

Membership & Donations

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Let’s keep the artform and timeless traditions of the American circus alive. Your donation or membership helps acquire new treasures, maintain the vast archives of materials, and improve how our treasures are shared with folks today and in the future. For even more hands-on impact, become a volunteer or apply today to join our team! We really appreciate your willingness to make an impact on the preservation of circus heritage!

Your Pastport to the Past

It’s time for a history making summer road trip!

Take advantage of your free admission to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s sites and museums with your 2024 Member Pastport, an exciting program for members only.

Collect stamps at each stop to earn store discounts and a free Family+ membership!

Bring your digital or physical membership card along on your first visit to get your Pastport and start your journey.

Not a member? Join today to get in on the fun.


3 stamps

$5 off
one purchase in museum stores. 

6 stamps

Exclusive Pastport tote bag

10 stamps

One year Family+ membership

— Julia of @ThatWisconsinCouple

  • Pastports are not available for pick up at Reed School or First Capitol
  • Guests must visit sites during operating hours in order to obtain a valid stamp 
  • Only 1 stamp from each site counts towards rewards totals
  • Pastports are not stamped at Reed School or First Capitol a selfie with Pastport acts as stamp.
  • To redeem your free membership, speak with guest services at your nearest site, call the membership office at 888-748-7479 or email membership
  • Discounts only applicable on store merchandise (not applicable for admissions, memberships, gift certificates, rentals, food sales, or on rides) 
  • Limit one pastport per household
  • Limit one tote bag reward per household
  • Discount has no cash value
  • The value of returned goods purchased with a discount from this program will only have a return value of the goods’ retail value less the discount amount 
  • Discount available for in-store use only (not applicable online)
  • The Society reserves the right to modify or cancel this incentive/program at any time at its sole discretion
  • Promotion available while supplies last
  • Pastport expires 12/31/2024
Become a member like this Asian-American gentleman! He seems happy with his choice even if his very cute baby seems a bit uncomfortable with all the things they'll be learning about history!


Becoming a member is the best way to explore Wisconsin history. Members receive free admission at our 11 historic sites and museums, reciprocal benefits at museums across the country, invitations to exclusive member events, and a 10% discount in museum stores and at Membership also includes a subscription to our quarterly Wisconsin Magazine of History, filled with fascinating stories of the people, places, and events that have shaped our state. Join today to start your adventure!


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Free admission to our historic sites & museums

Subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History

Invitations to exclusive member events

Reciprocal Membership at 1,000+ organizations

A fully stocked gift shop at Old World Wisconsin! Sheep pillows, food and drinks, books about the area and the history, food stuff, and other fun gift items.

Discounts on Shopping & Special Events



Be part of something spectacular!

Circus World strives to make every visit exciting and memorable, but it would be so much better with your help. Join our team by volunteering your time or becoming an employee and you’ll uphold Wisconsin’s deep connection to America’s circus legacy. Circus World is the keeper of a million spectacular stories, many with deep roots in Wisconsin. Join the circus and help bring these vibrant stories to life for children of all ages.