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Civil War Museum

5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
+1 262-653-4141
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Fairly Good from a Midwest perspective

Being from the capital of the confederacy, Richmond, VA. I am a little jaded when it comes to the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
garyb202
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Richmond, Virginia
Excellent Historical Museum

This museum is well worth your time. It really tells the story of how soldiers in the Northwest... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jpandpj
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Milwaukee, 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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“degree movie” (13 reviews)
“upper midwest” (6 reviews)
“main exhibit” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Being from the capital of the confederacy, Richmond, VA. I am a little jaded when it comes to the civil war and museums. However this museum shows a unique perspective.

Thank garyb202
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is well worth your time. It really tells the story of how soldiers in the Northwest Territory fought in the Civil War. You can dress up in costumes for the era and have your picture taken by a cannon. The 360 degree film...More

Thank jpandpj
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a wonderfully positive review. Thanks so much! It sounds like you took your time to go through not only the main exhibit on the first floor, but explored the rest of the Museum as well. Visit us again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice to take the kids to for an hour or 2 someday to get out of the house. Nothing spectacular but not bad for a small town museum and the price is right!!!More

Thank karl a
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to review! We try to have a variety of activities throughout the year for both children and adults, whether it be reenactors and canon firings at Salute to Freedom, dancers at Victorian Christmas, or a nice meaty Civil War lecture....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The star of the show is the 360 degree movie highlighting the personal stories of civil war families from The Midwest. The interactive features are family friendly and well designed. In addition, there is a memorial room highlighting the men and women serving in each...More

Thank Dale B
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! We too, think of the 360 film, "Seeing the Elephant" as the star of our exhibit, and it's great to hear our visitors say the same. The Veterans Gallery is also worth taking some time to look through in detail,...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017 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 8 September 2017

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 3 September 2017

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 2 September 2017

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

Thank Calicoboy
Reviewed 20 August 2017 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 24 August 2017

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!

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Leticia A
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Response from Kenosha_Museums | Property representative |
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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