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  • Kemper Center
  • Wedding receptions-dances-parties-concerts now take place in this part of Kemper
  • Kemper Center
  • Durkee Mansion - Christmas at Kemper 2013
  • View of Lake Michigan from Kemper Center
  • Murals in Simmons Auditorium at Kemper - copied from the Bayeaux Tapestry
  • A bike path along Lake Michigan travels through the grounds of Kemper Center
  • Kemper Center
  • The Kady B. Faulkner building at Kemper was used as a bakery
  • Anderson Arts Center - Gallery of Trees 2013
  • Chemistry Lab at Kemper Hall - the first chemistry lab for women in WI
  • The Kemper Chapel
  • The Kemper Chapel
  • The view of Kemper from Lake Michigan

Kemper Center

(262) 657-6005


Office open Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Free admission to Durkee Mansion and Anderson Arts Center; donations gratefully accepted.

This unique complex, situated on the grounds of a 17.5-acre Kenosha County Park, overlooks Lake Michigan and features a conference center, with rooms for every need; a beautiful historic chapel; Durkee Mansion, a Civil War-era mansion; and Anderson Arts Center, a fine art gallery. Motorcoach tours are welcome by appointment.

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Kemper Center
6501 Third Avenue, Kenosha
ph.262-657-6005 fx.262-657-7866

Meeting Rooms: 9

Kemper Center is a historical landmark, located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The sprawling 250,000 square feet of buildings are part of a 17.5 acre park that includes a conference center, a mansion, an art center and a Victorian rental hall. Business clientele have an opportunity to meet in a relaxed setting with a view of the Kemper Center's grounds from every room. There are comfortable accommodations for a private meeting of two, break-out rooms for thirty, or seminars for 250 people. The Kemper Center is located close to three airports, the Chicago METRA train station, and an Amtrak stop. Kemper will also arrange for food and beverage, offsite lodging, entertainment and transportation. Please contact the Director of Sales for information about creating a customized event for your company or organization.

Total Meeting Space: 8,245 sq. ft.
Catering Available
Number of Parking Spaces: 100

Room - Sq. Footage
Simmons Auditorium - 2,128
Founders Hall - 2,078
Study Hall - 1,332
Faulkner Building - 783
Ambrose East Room - 660
Library - 374
Ambrose West Room - 330
History Room - 320
Math Room - 240

Durkee Mansion - Historical Mansion Tours

Fridays-Sundays, April 4, 2014 - October 26, 2014

The Durkee Mansion, one of Kenosha’s unique historical landmarks, is a cream brick Italianate, Victorian style home located among the Kemper Center properties on the lakefront. The public is invited to tour the home through October, when it will then close to prepare for the holiday season.

Fall Kemper Center Extended Tours

September 21, 2014

A Free Tour is available with tour guides throughout Kemper Center starting in Ambrose Hall and including Simmons gym, chapel, red brick cloister, Kemper Hall school, dining hall, study hall, Library, Chemistry Lab, The Tower Stairway and limited access to the new Observatory.

Friday Star-Gazing Nights

Fall 2014 dates: September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21

The Griffin Observatory at Kemper Center will host observing nights on select Fridays this Fall. Free and open to the public. Note: steep staircases are involved.

Kemper Center Haunted House

October 3, 2014 - October 25, 2014

Admission: $7 / $5 for kids under 10. Presented by Kenosha County Teen Task Force of the Concerned Citizens Coalition. 

Kemper Center Murder Mystery Dinner Series

October 11, 2014, November 15, 2014, February 7, 2015, April 18, 2015

NOTE: THE OCTOBER EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. The Kemper Center Murders is a series of murder mystery dinners to be held at the Kemper Center. Each mystery, dinner, and location on the Kemper Center grounds will vary.

Trivia 4 Hope Halloween Spook-tacular

October 17, 2014

Teams of 4-8 show their smarts competing against other adults while supporting the Hope Council.

Christmas at Kemper and Gallery of Trees Opening Night Gala

November 29, 2014

This is an exhibition, auction and raffle of fully-decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations.

Christmas at Kemper and Gallery of Trees

November 30, 2014 - December 7, 2014

Featuring the Gallery of Trees in the Anderson Arts Center: stroll through an amazing display of beautifully, creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and mantle pieces throughout the entire mansion. Also visit Durkee Mansion.

Snowflake Jazz Concert

December 6, 2014

This concert featuring the John Crawford Jazz Band will be held inside Simmons Auditorium at Kemper Center.

Durkee Mansion Holiday Open House

December 8-14, 2014, December 19-21, 2014, December 26-28, 2014

Come delight in a Victorian Christmas of Olde by touring the former home of Senator Charles Durkee decorated in the 1860’s style for the holiday season by dedicated and talented volunteers.