About Racine Heritage Museum

Our History

The Racine Heritage Museum traces its roots back to the Old Settlers Society, established in 1870.  This organization was made up of long time citizens of the area who recognized the need to preserve the story of Racine County for future generations.  As membership for The Old Settlers began to dwindle in the early 1900s, Racine County established its own historical society with the support of remain Old Settlers.  Over a century later, The Racine County Historical Society lives and thrives as The Racine Heritage Museum.

Our Home

The Heritage Museum is currently located at 701 Main Street in Downtown Racine, WI.  This building was built in 1903 with funds provided by the Carnegie Foundation.  It originally was home to the Racine Public Library, however, by 1956 the Library outgrew the Carnegie building.  In 1958, the library moved to a new location and in 1961 the building was transferred to the county and in 1962 reopened as the Racine County Historical Museum. Now known as the Racine Heritage Museum.

Museum Hours

Closed Mondays

Tuesday-Friday: 10am to 4pm

Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

RHM is self-guided. Multiple scavenger hunts are available to help you dive even deeper into the stories we share.

Location and Phone Number

701 Main St.

Racine WI, 53403


Parking is available at the northeast corner of 7th and Main Street in a public parking ramp.

This website was made possible by generous support from SC Johnson and Racine Community Foundation.

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