Meet the Man Who Made the Dells Famous

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Portrait of H.H. Bennett

Visiting H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum takes you back to a Wisconsin Dells that is very different from the one you see today. Like the photography process perfected by the studio and museum’s namesake, the captivating story develops before your eyes through stunning images and artifacts, engaging exhibits, and hands-on experiences for all ages.  

On your walk through the museum, see the stunning landscape photographs that helped attract some of the first tourists to the area. You can recreate “The Leap,” as you attempt to jump the same distance seen in one of Bennett’s most iconic photos. Steer a riverboat down the Wisconsin River and explore Wisconsin Dells history, including the history of the Ho-Chunk Nation, on whose ancestral land the museum stands today. 

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The oldest operating business in the Wisconsin Dells and what is believed to be the oldest continuously operating photography studio in the country. This historic space showcases Bennett’s original photographs, glass plate negatives equipment, photography inventions, cameras, and equipment.


Experience the fascinating history of the Wisconsin Dells (formerly Kilbourn City) through interactive and engaging exhibits exploring Bennett’s life, the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation (the inhabitants, since time immemorial, of the area where H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum stands), Dells tourism history, and more!

Plan Your Visit

to meet the man who made the dells famous

a black and white photo of two men sitting on a log while a thirds stands in front of them

Houghton Exhibition

Open through 2024

The collection of photos in this exhibition are those that George Houghton is best remembered for; glimpses into soldier’s camp life between the winter of 1861 and spring of 1863. Visit the exhibition in-person to see all the images in the collection!

Learn with the Wisconsin Historical Society

Field Trips

The best day of your school year awaits! Don’t just read about history, experience it! Field Trips at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums allow students to step into the worlds they’re studying through fun adventures and engaging experiences around the state for grades k-12. 

Wisconsin Historical Society Sites

H.H. Bennett Studio is one of the 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Explore all of these sites below.