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Kenosha Public Museum

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Address: 5500 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-3778
Phone Number: +1 262-653-4140
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Accredited natural science and fine arts Museum located in the heart of...

Accredited natural science and fine arts Museum located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kenosha. Free General Admission and free parking. Permanent Exhibits include: Wisconsin Story, Kenosha County Woolly mammoth, Native American Village, Children's hands-on Field Station. Rotating exhibits and free family programs and events year-round. Unique Gift Shop carrying local, hand-made and green products. Includes rental spaces for corporate events,birthdays, weddings, parties, etc. Group tours for children and adults available. Shares a Lake Michigan shoreline campus with the Civil War Museum and a working electric streetcar which runs to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Short distance from Illinois/Wisconsin border.

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Great museum to learn about the area

Visiting from out of town, I was told to visit this local museum. Very interesting learning about the history of this area and about the Indians in this area. I never knew that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whoever designed the native american and the dinosaur exhibits did not think about handicap accessibility. The floor is extremely rough for using a wheelchair, walker or a cane. It is designed as if there are foot prints and ridges throughout the exhibit - very difficult to navigate for those are mobility impaired. Designing with all abilities in mind is the... More 

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san francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting from out of town, I was told to visit this local museum. Very interesting learning about the history of this area and about the Indians in this area. I never knew that mastodons were edible - Indians ate them. Also, special exhibition on movie posters used during the Drive In movie era, specially horror movies. Also, a collection of... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My children loved this place! Very very informative and overall a must see if your a visitor to Kenosha!

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Big Cove Tannery, Pennsylvania
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Enjoyed the Native American exhibit and also A Century of Guitars. Recommend for the entire family as it is free with a donation suggested. Within walking distance of the Civil War Museum and restaurants in downtown Kenosha. Right on the trolley route. We took the train from Chicago suburbs and then the trolley so very easy without a lot of... More 

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Chicago, Il
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Wonderful place to spend a day with the family. Very impressive exhibits. Always new exhibits. The gift shop has many different and unique items.

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racine
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We went to learn all about bugs! What an outstanding job in the presentation of the subject. They also go some hands on time with a few of the bugs. I want to go back to check out some more. They had a nice rock display I want to check out!

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Thank Gina P
Round Lake, United States
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Not real big but has some great displays. Went for the Center Stage – A Century of Guitars. Nice selection of guitars to look at.

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Thank Dave K
Kenosha
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a great place for families, couples or just by yourself. The exhibits offered are interesting, educational and fun. Beautiful view of the lakefront. Friendly volunteers Cute little gift shop.

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Thank Nancy D
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Nice but nothing special. Most of the attractions were closed or under construction when I was there in April. I may try it again since it is close to home

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Very nice, kid friendly place. Enjoyed the giant mammoth exhibit and the kids play area. Great views from the second floor and a beautiful outdoor fountain.

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