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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
Today
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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Beautiful Displays, Easy to get through, and FREE

I like museums, but not enough to want to spend the whole day in one. The ones in Chicago can be overwhelming. This place is small enough to go through in an hour or two, and... read more

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I like museums, but not enough to want to spend the whole day in one. The ones in Chicago can be overwhelming. This place is small enough to go through in an hour or two, and still hold your interest. Some very cool exhibits, well explained, and not boring. And it's FREE too! C'mon, for this type of good clean... More 

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Wisconsin
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199 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very much enjoyed walking through the Kenosha Public Museum and learned a lot about Wooly mammoths, bones, rocks, art, etc. Donation of $5 is recommended. Well worth it! Employees were very friendly!

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

A nice, succinct review! Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion. We hope you visit us again sometime! More 

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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only visited the ground floor exhibits because the arts section on the upper level was being changed for the next special exhibit. The volunteers were very helpful and friendly. The exhibits were fascinating and informative. The historical facts going back to the creation of planet earth gave me much to think about. I especially enjoyed the humorous quotes from... More 

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for spending time with us! We do have a special program for preschoolers on Wednesday mornings called, "Museum Munchkins", which teaches children about animals through songs, games and hands-on activities. Please visit us again when our exhibits reopen for the summer! More 

Plainfield, Illinois, United States
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

An interesting portrayal of the history of the Native American tribes in the area, describing how they lived in much more detail than is usually displayed. The displays are interesting and well done. The museum itself is a lovely building, but the display is not huge, can see it all in about an hour.

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Zion
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We went to see the southport quilt show and were not disappointed. spent another hour wandering the rest of the museum. the size of this museum is perfect for families with small children - just enough to see without turning into boring. we will return for additional shows.

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

So glad to hear one of our exhibits drew you in to our Museum! We hope you and your family make lots of great memories with us. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Bear Creek, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This museum is very well done and it was especially neat to see the mammoth bones they found in a local WI farming field!

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Thank happyrus17
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! While we have a lot of great stuff to see at the Museum, but the Schaefer mammoth bones and Hebior mammoth replica are the crown jewels of our collection. Glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Do you love dinosaurs? How about wolves? A variety of wolves! I can't believe this museum is by donation only. I would pay a standard fee for this for sure! There is a kid-friendly activities area when you enter. So inviting and fun!!!

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

Wow! It sounds like you had a great experience! We love being able to provide quality exhibits to all our visitors, regardless of how much they can spare for the donation box. But every little bit is much appreciated, including such glowing reviews! More 

Green Bay
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The Kenosha Public Museum is a large facility on the Kenosha Lake Front. Graciously designed, it contains a tremendous amount of wonderful exhibits. My favorite is the wooly mammoth life size skeleton. The mammoth was found in Kenosha Co. Markings on the bones shows that it was hunted by humans. The prehistoric marine exhibit is fantastifc.

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Thank Leslie M
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

Wow! Reviews like this are especially rewarding for our dedicated Curatorial staff. Did you know our current Director helped excavate the Mammoth we have on display? That gives us some great first-hand knowledge to include in our Exhibit. So glad to hear you had a great experience! More 

Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Children really enjoyed themselves! Went on the trolly car and followed up with a Kenosha Pizza! Good attraction for the younger children.

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Thank grammyk2016
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're glad to hear you had such a delightful day in downtown Kenosha. Visit us again soon! More 

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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Free entry is always nice, they have great changing exhibits as well as a nice history of Wisconsin.

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Thank Joe M
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We are so grateful for the community support which allows us to remain free to the general public. We love bringing new and exciting Exhibits to share with Kenoshans, and visitors too! More 

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