Nearly 150 years ago, Henry Hamilton Bennett set up his photo studio in downtown Wisconsin Dells, displaying his stunning photos of the Wisconsin River landscape. Bennett’s Studio now has the distinctions of being the oldest operating business in Wisconsin Dells as well as the oldest operating photography studio in the United States. The H. H. Bennett Studio in downtown Wisconsin Dells displays Bennett’s original photographs, glass plate negatives, photography inventions, as well as cameras and equipment.
To celebrate the 150th Anniversary, The Friends of H. H. Bennett have been busy putting together a celebration, calling it “150 Years of Bennett Photography & Tourism In The Dells.” The celebration will last throughout the entire summer season.
Here is a list of the events going on to help commemorate the 150th anniversary:
Every Thursday from March 19th to April 9th at 7pm, the Studio will feature a Speaker Series on a different topic each of the 4 weeks.
On Friday April 24th, the Studio will again be a stop on the Wisconsin Dells Wine Walk. Participants will taste wine and desserts and get to see what’s new in the museum before it opens for the season.
The official opening of the Studio for the season will be on May 2nd. The H. H. Bennett Studio will then be open 7 days a week, from 10am-4pm.
A new Gallery Exhibit called “150 Years of the H. H. Bennett Photo Studio in the Dells” will open in the Studio on May 9th, with a reception from 1pm-3pm.
The weekend of June 13th & 14th, admission to the museum will be $1.50 for the entire weekend.
On August 22nd, Friends of H. H. Bennett will collaborate with Little Eagle Arts Foundation to produce a stage production of “The Indian Ceremonial Reawakened.” The show will be at the Crystal Grand Music Theater in Lake Delton.
September 18th-20th, the Studio will have sidewalk sales during Wo-Zha-Wa Weekend and will be offering prime seats for the parade in exchange for donations to the H. H. Bennett Studio.
The H. H. Bennett Studio is a fun part of Wisconsin Dells history. We hope you are able to attend and take advantage of the Studio as the summer season arrives. For more information, call (608) 253-3523 or visit dells.com/listing/hh-bennett-studio.