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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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Hours:
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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Fun visit with Grand daughters

Had a fun visit to the museum. The girls loved the children's play area as well as the music exhibit upstairs.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
amartin48
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a fun visit to the museum. The girls loved the children's play area as well as the music exhibit upstairs.

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Thank amartin48
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum campus in Kenosha, includes the civil war museum, the public museum and the public safety monument, are all along beautiful Lake Michigan.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice family friendly museum geared for younger families. Very educational. Not a lot of walking but there are stairs. A really nice outing for the whole family.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was just there. The people that work there are incredibly helpful It is a quick little tour that you can learn alot about the famous Kenosha area mammoth as well as the native americans that were here first. They have some interersting rotating displays. The current one is on guitars and the many flavors they come in.

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kenosha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

A great display of a local guitar collectors. Fender, Ibanez etc. This display is on loan until the end of January 2017. Worth the time to visit this lakefront museum.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This is the first time we visited the museum. There was a cool movie poster and guitar exhibits. I got to talk to an artist who will be showing his work in the spring. He was setting up to paint a picture on canvas with acrylic paint. The building it self was interesting with a great view of the marina.

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Thank Merle B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

It's a fun place to go to teach kids about history. They have a lot to offer. The kids will enjoy a little hands on and all the animals that are stuffed in one room. You could also take a trolley from there and go to other museums in Kenosha.

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Thank Katy J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

My wife Judy and I visited this museum last Thursday afternoon because we saw an article about a model train display, due to be changed February 7, 2017. Convenient parking serviced by good roads and the Kenosha Historical Trolley Syster. Overlooks Lake Michigan to the East; Slight slopes in walkways. When we entered he apron approach, the model trains were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

As others have said...it is clean, spacious..free... The first floor permanent exhibits are very well done..especially the mastodon and mammoth displays. The views of the lake and the harbor area are photo worthy.. Nice gift shop, too!

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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