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Civil War Museum

5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
+1 262-653-4141
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Good learning experience

There were lots of interactive displays. I learned a lot. The train was the best display. There... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
l0ftush
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Orlando
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Interesting Civil War Museum

This museum presents the Civil War in an interesting manner on a beautiful site. As the museum is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
321barbs
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Wisconsin
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The accredited Civil War Museum opened in 2008 on Kenosha Wisconsin's scenic lakefront campus. 57,000 Sq Ft covers American Civil War history like no other, offering the enthusiast a chance to learn about the contributions of the Upper Middle West. Already acclaimed for their permanent exhibit featuring life-scale, interactive exhibits, and audio and video technology. Introduced in 2013, the award-winning 360 degree film "Seeing the Elephant" is a 10 minute long glimpse into the life of a mid-western soldier, from recruitment, to training, through battle and finally returning home. See also the Veterans Gallery commemorating soldiers from each war fought by the US.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“degree movie” (12 reviews)
“main exhibit” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were lots of interactive displays. I learned a lot. The train was the best display. There was quite a lot of information about General Grant that were interesting as well.More

Thank l0ftush
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! It's great to hear you learned something when you came through our Museum, that's what we're here for! The train is always a big hit, where you can sit and listen to the travelers tell their stories. Visit us again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum presents the Civil War in an interesting manner on a beautiful site. As the museum is in Wisconsin, learned a lot about Wisconsin's involvement in the war. Learned there was a Wisconsin infantry unit known as the Eagle Regiment because they carried their...More

Thank 321barbs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I finally took my wife to this museum. She's a Texas gal; and has been trying to cultivate an interest in the Civil War. She was really impressed with the place; and enjoyed the exibits. The in-the-round theatre shows a 360 degree panoramic movie called...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nicely done museum. Interactive and informative. We all learned something. The WW1 comparative exhibit was great too

Thank Linda B
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A nice, succinct review! From 'Civil War to Great War' gives visitors the rare opportunity to compare and contrast weapons, uniforms, games and more, from Civil War and WWI soldiers. It runs through November 26th, so you have plenty of time to plan another visit!

Reviewed 12 August 2017

Lovely museum, plan to spend at least 60-90 minutes here. We spent more time, but we are history geeks. Great children's hands on room, and lovely gift shop. Attended a free program on Andersonville, lecture with Q and A. Good temporary exhibit on comparing the...More

Thank WisconsinHomebody
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review! 60-90 minutes is just about perfect for our Museum. It's great that you were able to catch one of our free programs; we often have lectures on the second Friday of the month, as well as on the...More

Reviewed 25 July 2017

Follow the course of the war as you walk through the museum. The dioramas bring the history to life. The movie in the round will tell you what it means to See the Elephant!

Thank Bugzie913
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

A concise description of our Museum. The teaser at the end is particularly good! Thank you for reviewing!

Reviewed 18 July 2017

It is more like walking through time vs. a museum. There are "people" through out and as you approach them, they talk to you and tell you stories. You can "ride" on a train and see "people" in different scenes. We didn't watch the movie....More

Thank 33wildcatbruin19
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review! Telling stories is what we're all about, especially the twelve individuals whom you can follow starting at the beginning of the Civil War, through the War itself, and returning home. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 13 July 2017

Very interesting review of the civil war from the people living in and around Illinois, Wisconsin area. I learnt a lot about the whole experience. Very well laid out in a lovely new site.More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to review! We actually represent seven states in the Upper Midwest - Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. These states may not have been home to battlefields, but they were still greatly affected by the War....More

Reviewed 6 July 2017

Needed more time... very interesting and very well put together. The 360 movie was very good! Want to go again to finish reading everything.More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

It's always a good thing when visitors want to come back to see more! Thanks for taking the time to review. If you become a member of the Museum you can come back as many times as you like, and take advantage of great discounts...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Beautifully preserved and well displayed civil war relics. I usually drag myself through museums so my history-loving husband can enjoy them, but this museum held my interest and was thought-provoking. Everything was so well put together. The gift shop had a large selection of items,...More

Thank fdlfan
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thanks so much for visiting! It's wonderful to hear that we were able to capture your interest even though Museums may not typically be your thing. That lets us know we're doing something right. Hope you come see us again sometime!

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The Fiery Trial exhibit has an admission price of $9 per adult, $5 for residents of Kenosha. Children 15 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
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