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Kenosha History Center

(262) 654-5770


Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m.


The museum is free; donations are appreciated.

Museum on Kenosha’s harbor features the history of Kenosha County, including its early settlement and industrial history, and a gift shop. Visit the Yesteryear Gallery – from settlement to 1900 see how Kenosha County developed and grew. See the Upson Oxcart, a Barn Raising & Fanning Mill, Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Depot, General Store, Barbershop, One Room School, and more. Learn about Christopher Latham Sholes and the Bain Wagon Company. The Lyman Gallery in the lobby features various shop fronts, including a Photography Studio, a Millenary, and more.

In the Rambler Legacy Gallery – see how Kenosha’s auto-making legacy shaped history through the 20th Century. Displays on the perimeter of the gallery include replicas of Thomas B Jeffery building, The United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 72's early office, 1896 Fire Station No 4, 1930's era Texaco Gas Station, gas pumps, and a Dentist office from the Willowbrook Sanitarium. The gallery also features a re-creation of the Sterling Bicycle Factory. Also see the permanent exhibit: Kenosha’s "Lost Industries" from 1850s thru 1970s. Click on the “events” tab for the current exhibit information and upcoming events.

Come see the Miniature Statue of Liberty from Civic Center Park! This statue was erected in 1950 with a ceremony in Civic Center Park. It was a gift to the city by local Boy Scout troops to mark Kenosha’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city. Its new home is inside the Kenosha History Center.

The Kenosha County Historical Society was founded in 1878 to preserve, research and present the cultural heritage of Kenosha County and Southeastern Wisconsin. The Society moved to its present location in 2001; naming its museum the Kenosha History Center. The building was built in 1917.

The museum is always looking for volunteers – to work as docents (interpretive guides), museum greeters, catalogers, archival processors, clerical assistants, and to work on special projects and events.

Visit the archives by appointment. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Free parking. The grounds include the Southport Light Station Museum (open seasonally and by appointment).

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Historic Holiday at the History Center

December 5, 2015

The Kenosha History Center will be decorated for the holidays and celebrating the opening of new exhibits throughout the museum. The spotlight exhibit Back To The ‘20s features the 95th Anniversary of Kenosha-based Snap-on and includes eight vehicles and memorabilia from the 1920's.

Kenosha History Center Exhibit: Back To The ‘20s

December 5, 2015 - September 25, 2016

The exhibit will feature automobiles and other vehicles from the 1920’s, along with memorabilia from that time period.

Southport Light Station Museum Open for the Season

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 6, 2016 - October 30, 2016

The lighthouse and maritime museum, inside the keeper's house, documents Kenosha's lighthouse keepers, shipping and fishing history. Also climb the 1866 Southport Lighthouse. The tower stands 55 feet above the lighthouse grounds. See Kenosha, Lake Michigan and into Illinois and Racine County.

Triple Dipper Ice Cream Social

August 13, 2016

Triple Dipper:  Ice Cream, Music & Fun, a Family Ice Cream Social at the Southport Light Station Museum! This year is a special edition of the event: it’s the 150th Anniversary of the 1866 Southport Lighthouse. The event will serve as a Rededication and Ice Cream Social.