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

Our hours are 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, 12:30 PM-5:00 PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

In case of inclement weather, check our Facebook page for more information regarding  hours of operation.




 No matter what your vaccination status is, Facemasks are still recommended for entry.

However, they are not required.

We want everyone to experience a safe and fun visit to Livsreise. What do we do to limit the spread of infection, and what do we expect from our visitors?

Our measures:

  • We have hand sanitizer available throughout the building
  • We have visual reminders in place to keep socially distant from other visitors
  • We clean all contact surfaces regularly
  • We have free face masks available

What we expect from our visitors:

  • Stay at home if you don’t feel well
  • Please socially distance from other visitors in the galleries and auditorium
  • Have good hand hygiene
  • Have good cough/sneeze hygiene by using a tissue or covering your cough/sneeze in the hook of your elbow

Please continue to visit our website or our Facebook page for the most current information about our new exhibits and upcoming presentations.

Livsreise will be closed New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

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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 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.