Livsreise - Life's Journey

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Experience the stories of those who built this Norwegian American legacy.

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277 W. Main Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
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T: (608) 873-7567

Livsreise will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Exceptions may be made for special events, such as Syttende Mai.

On March 24, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued his “Safer at Home” order, asking all state citizens to stay at home and non-essential businesses to stay closed for the next 30 days.
In his communication to Wisconsin citizens he stated,
“it is imperative to slow the growth of the COVID-19 virus and that the state cease all non-essential business statewide.”
This means that Livsreise will remain closed until at least April 28, 2020.
Our speaker event on April 25, featuring Nate Gibson has also been canceled for now.
Please continue to visit us here on our Facebook page as we are updating it a few times a week with positive messages about Norwegian culture and tradition. Our website will also be updated as needed to keep you informed of any further changes.

We hope to see you soon!!

Livsreise will be closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. For special events, please contact us.


Livsreise is free to the public. There may be a fee for group use or special events. Please contact the center for more information.


Photography is not allowed in any portion of the facility.


A large dedicated parking lot for Livsreise visitors only is available just west of our building on the corner of Main and Page streets with plenty of room for autos or motor coaches. If you have any questions regarding handicapped parking please contact us at 608-873-7567.

Special Exhibits

The special exhibits area at Livsreise includes temporary displays curated by outside organizations that focus on heritage, history and message consistent with the mission of Livsreise. See current exhibit ›


Livsreise includes a 68-seat, handicapped accessible theatre featuring videos focusing on Norwegian culture, history, folk art, music and delightful Norwegian humor. The auditorium will also host periodic lectures and presentations.
Our auditorium is Hearing Loop enabled.

Genealogy Center

Operated in conjunction with the Norwegian American Genealogy Center and Naeseth Library, Livsreise’s genealogy center offers its visitors direct internet access to NAGC/NL and its resources.  Their publication, titled A Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy  is available for use by Livsreise guests.  It contains tips on understanding Norwegian naming patterns, genealogical terms and English translation of terms found on Norwegian church records.  The Digital Archives of Norway, along with Norwegian Heritage and Family Search are also featured websites to aid in your family research.

*Photo Courtesy of the Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.