Visitor Information 
 Calendar of Events 
 Long Term Exhibits 
 Changing Exhibits 
 Museum Gardens 
 Research Library 
 Book Shop / Gifts 
 Local History 
 Motorcoach Operators 
 Calling All Scholars 

     A local history museum with many interesting stories to share, the Hoard Historical Museum is like no other.  Here you’ll find out about Sauk warrior, Black Hawk, and the 1832 Black Hawk War.

     Discover what kind of soldier young Abraham Lincoln was and learn how “Fort Atkinson” came to be.  Explore the contributions of two locals of whom we’re very proud: William Dempster Hoard, the father of American dairying; and Lorine Niedecker, world famous poet. 

     In between all this, you’ll see amazing collections of artifacts, artwork, and much more.  Be sure to check out our exhibit, Mysteries of the Mounds, on the main level and second floor.

     Visitors will also enjoy The National Dairy Shrine’s Museum, which features a multimedia show that captures the sights and sounds of dairy farming:  past, present, and future.


There is no admission charge to visit the Hoard Museum. 


A suggested cash donation of $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family helps us preserve and share the history and cultural heritage of the Fort Atkinson area.

 Thank You!

Job Opening:

The City of Fort Atkinson is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Director of the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine. Ideal candidate would be energetic, dependable, detail-oriented and able to thrive as team member and team leader.  Assistant Director oversees the daily operation, manages the Society’s accounts payable/receivable as well as payroll and assists with museum programs. Computer skills essential.  Qualifications include: 2 years’ experience in office or customer service field; an undergraduate degree and/or museum experience is preferred. Starting salary is $34,072 with benefits. For full job description visit www.fortatkinsonwi.net.  To apply, send cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and writing sample to Merrilee Lee, Museum Director mlee@hoardmuseum.org by April 6th.




Museum Hours

  • Tuesdays through Saturdays:

      9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  •  Closed Sundays and Mondays

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Please visit us!

For inquiries or questions, please email info@hoardmuseum.org

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See historic photographs of
Fort Atkinson in the
University of Wisconsin's Digital Collections.

Historic Fort Atkinson

Hoard Historical Museum  •  401 Whitewater Ave  •  Fort Atkinson WI 53538  
Phone: (920) 563-7769  •  Fax: (920) 568-3203  •  Email: info@hoardmuseum.org