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Closed for the Season

H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum is closed for the season. Thank you to our members and guests for your support during the 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2022 season. In the meantime, you can check out our Holiday events at Old World Wisconsin, Villa Louis, Wade House, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and more events with the society. Continue exploring Wisconsin history year-round at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

Explore the Site

Portrait of H.H. Bennett

The Wisconsin Dells has been a destination for tourists from around the world for decades. Explore the photography studio and museum of the man who helped make the Dells famous. H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum documents the history of the Wisconsin Dells and the life of H.H. Bennett whose stunning landscape photographs helped showcase the beauty of the Wisconsin Dells and the Driftless Area, attracting some of the first tourists.

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Tintypes

Step back in time and experience the historic photography studio like never before! Have your portrait “struck” using the same wet plate photography method used by H.H. Bennett, in the same studio, over 100 years ago. Learn about this type of photography all while the authentic historic lens captures your one-of-a-kind image that will last a lifetime.

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HH Bennet Staff member prepares to take a photograph of two guests
Two guests experiencing the HH Bennet TinType Experience, one of the two options of experiencing this historic photography.

For Your Health & Safety

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Advance registration is required for some events

Face Masks required.

Face Mask
Policy

Required for guests indoors if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Recommended for guests indoors if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Daily cleaning & sanitizing

Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning & sanitizing enhanced at all facilities

Maintain Social Distance. Two people 6 ft apart.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing while on-site

2021 Site Protocols

Effective Aug. 5, in accordance with current state guidelines

To protect your safety and ours:

  • If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we recommend you wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you are required to wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • Please practice social distancing at our historic sites and museums.
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site.
  • All facilities will adhere to increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building.
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom.
  • Staff and guests, per CDC guidance, are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

Site Accessibility

Explore Other 2021 Experiences

Click the button below for more information on how you can safely explore history in a new way through our 2021 programs and events.

Our Story

Leap Back in Time

Civil War soldier. Inventor. Acclaimed Photographer. Make the leap and visit the museum and studio of H.H. Bennett, the man who made the Dells famous!
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"A gem hidden in plain site."

TRIPADVISOR REVIEW

CALENDAR

Use our online calendar to see all the exciting events, activities, and programs happening at H.H. Bennett Studio.
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Guests View the Take the Leap Exhibit

DAILY EXPERIENCE


BENNETT’S PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

Look through a historic camera to see how the Bennett family photographed portraits.
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HISTORIC STORE FRONT

Step back to 1875 and experience where H. H. Bennett and his family ran their photography business and sold various merchandise.
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SPECIAL EXHIBITION

“George H. Houghton: Civil War Cameraman Exhibition” will showcase many of Houghton’s Civil War Images while delving deep into what photography and a soldier’s life was like during that time period.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip today! Tickets, Hours, Directions and more.
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a digital flyer that reads "1875 the year that the current studio was built"
a digital flyer that reads "20,000 the amount of stereoview photos bennett claimed to have sold by 1874
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