Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed holidays.
Fiery Trial Admission:
$5 for Kenosha Residents
$7 for out of town visitor
Age 16 and Under - FREE
The Civil War Museum opened in 2008 and focuses on the contributions of the Upper Middle West – Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan – to the Civil War. These states played a vital role by providing troops and supplies to the cause, even though no battles were fought in this region. The exhibits concentrate on personal stories of people from all walks of life and circumstance. Men, women and children from various ethnic backgrounds experienced life during and after the war in different ways. It is through these unique stories that the museum visitor learns about the causes and effects of the Civil War and its impact on the region.
The Veterans Memorial Gallery honors all U.S. veterans and soldiers from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts.
Enjoy the gift shop and free programs for adults and families. Classes and workshops offered, including genealogy workshops.
Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Plenty of free parking.
Nominal admission to the main exhibit which is The Fiery Trial – Friends members free.
*****NEW: Civil War Museum Movie: Seeing the Elephant in The Fiery Trial exhibit.*****
“Seeing the Elephant” is the term Civil War soldiers used to say they saw battle. The new high-tech digital movie experience will allow visitors a glimpse at “the Elephant.” One of just a handful of venues nationwide using 360 degree movie technology, the Civil War Museum movie focuses on the personal experiences and accounts of citizen soldiers. Using letters, journals and diaries, the script follows several soldiers as they leave home and hearth, train with their troops, face battle together and ultimately deal with the consequences of war. “This poignant 10-minute film tells a story about the Civil War but it is also a tribute to all soldiers and veterans, as it tells the story of the ultimate life-changing experience of war, for the soldier and for the country,” comments Dan Joyce, Kenosha Public Museums Director.
Over 200 people, including actors, reenactors, film crew, technical and historical advisers and Museum staff, gathered at Old World Wisconsin (Eagle, WI) for five days in June 2013 to film Seeing the Elephant. The centerpiece of the Fiery Trial exhibit, the film gives visitors an historically authentic and accurate portrayal of Civil War battle, although not a specific, actual battle. Historical photos and special visual and sound effects augment the reenactment of battle. The Civil War Museum is grateful to nationally recognized broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis for lending his voice as narrator of the film.
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This exhibit looks at Gettysburg and Vicksburg from the perspective of the Upper Midwestern troops and the civilians who eagerly waited for news at home. On display in the Antaramian Gallery. General admission is free.
Presented by Jeff Kannel. Company F of the 29th U.S. Colored Troops may be the least known of Wisconsin's Civil War soldiers. With little training, they served near Petersburg, Virginia, participating in the siege and Battle of the Crater.
Exploring the Civilian Experience During the Civil War Era. Four lectures will explore the lives of civilians who worked away from the front-lines in order to make a difference during the Civil War.
Living history and heritage groups from around the Midwest will have informational tables set up throughout the museum to introduce visitors to their programs and interpretations.
Details to come on this exciting new exhibit.
Families can enjoy activities at a different museum each day.
Model trains of all sizes will be running and displayed throughout the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) and Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.). All makes and all models! This is a free family program sponsored by the G-Scalers Model Train Club.
This is the sixth annual event. Musical performances, exhibits, living history presentations and more.
Museum Crawl is a progressive party at the three Kenosha Public Museums: Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.) and Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.). Tickets required and include hot appetizers, cold beer, fine wines, and amazing entertainment!
This is the 50th annual art fair presented by the Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums. The event is held outside the Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum next door! Admission is free.