Welcome to a new season at
Turner Museum and Carlin House!

Open Saturdays 10-2

Coming Events

Please see our Calendar of Events
for more information.

April 5-19

Turner Museum Open with the Annual Student Art Show

April 26
Carlin House and Turner Museum Open with Regular Exhibits

July 22
Old Settlers' Day

December 1
Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit, Museums are Open 10 am-8 pm
Events Begin after the Holiday

December 2 thru April 2019
Museums closed for the season

For archived
newsletters (from 1980 through Winter 2016) that you can read online or print and read at home, click on

 Palmyra Historical Newsletters

Newsletters from Spring, 2016 to the present are available to society members. Want to become a member and get the latest news from the Palmyra Historical Society? Contact us using our Help Us tab and we'll tell you how you can join our growing number of supporters, to whom we extend a heartfelt thank you.


Would your group like an exclusive tour of the Carlin House and Turner Museum? Or would you like to use our public space for a special event?
Contact us with your request
(using our Help Us tab).


The Palmyra Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible and always welcome.

Palmyra Historical Society
Main & Third Streets, PO Box 265
Palmyra, WI 53156-0265
(262) 495-4245, 495-2412


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About Us

Mission: To help our neighbors save and interpret the past.

Motto: Securing our place in history.

The Palmyra Historical Society is an all-volunteer (501C-3) non-profit organization that helps our neighbors save and interpret the past. We began in 1976 when Fisk Carlin gave his historic house to the newly-formed organization. The Carlin House, built in 1844, is one of Palmyra’s oldest structures, and has served as the centerpiece of our society since its donation. You can tour this historic gem on your own or we can provide a guided tour, available on Saturdays from 10 am and 2 pm (during open season) or by appointment.

In 1998, following a generous gift from Paul Turner and his sister Harriet, the society built a connected structure as a museum to showcase other aspects of Palmyra’s rich history. The Turner Museum has a meeting room, exhibit preparation room, a gift shop, and an exhibition hall. There are always several exhibits on display in the main hall, including a permanent “Palmyra, Then and Now” exhibit and several revolving exhibits. Old exhibits are kept on hand for research purposes and possible display in the future. The Turner Museum is also open on Saturdays from 10 to 2 (during open season) and by appointment.

In addition to the fine museum items and exhibits on display, we have more than 30 years of newsletters archived under our Publications tab that are free access.

We also have for sale at the gift shop many histories and memoirs written by local residents and other publications and gift items.

And we maintain files on many local families as well.