Kenosha Stories and Tips

Take in a Museum (or Two)

Kenosha Public Museum Photo, Kenosha, Wisconsin

In addition to the museums reviewed in this journal, Kenosha is home to a couple of other museums of possible interest to visitors to SE Wisconsin.

The Kenosha Public Museum is located in the recently revitalized area of the City of Kenosha near the harbor. It is a large and beautiful modern building located right along the trolly line for those who want to park the car and utilize public transportation. For anyone who would prefer to drive, there is ample free parking directly in front of the museum. The street address is 5500 1st Avenue.

The Kenosha Public Museum has permanent exhibits as well as several special exhibits on display for a limited period of time. One of the most popular and unique exhibits is the skeleton of a prehistoric Woolly Mammoth which was excavated in Kenosha County in 1992. For more information on what is currently on display, check out their website at

Their hours, as with most places throughout Wisconsin, are seasonal. Currently their fall & winter schedule (through 2/28/14) offers Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. They are closed on Mondays. In the spring & summer, they are open seven days a week; with Monday's hours Noon to 5pm.

Perhaps the best thing about the Kenosha Public Museum is that it is free!

Adjacent to the Kenosha Public Museum is the Civil War Museum. They have their own parking lot along 1st Avenue, directly in front of their entrance. The Civil War Museum tells the story of how the states of the upper Midwest participated in America's civil war of the 19th century. The states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin sent over 750,000 men to battle against slavery and the Confederacy. Additionally the states of the Midwest were critical in providing supplies and food to the soldiers fighting in the war.

As with other museums, they feature several permanent exhibits plus a temporary display or two. Currently (through the end of March 2014) they are sharing the stories of the Battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg which took place in 1863.

This museum has the same seasonal hours as the Kenosha Public Museum which makes them a nice pairing for a morning or afternoon in the area. They do charge an admission fee; $7 for adults and free for children 15 and younger when accompanied by an adult. City residents pay a reduced fee and veterans are free through the end of the year thanks in part to a grant provided by a local business.

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