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Kenosha History Center

(262) 654-5770

Hours:

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

Pricing:

Suggested donation: $2 adults / $1 students & children.

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.

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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Southport Light Station Museum Open for the Season

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 10, 2014 - October 26, 2014

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.

Historic Holiday at the History Center

December 6, 2014

Come celebrate the opening of new exhibits and enjoy this family event!! Also enjoy decorations, music, refreshments, and shop in our gift shop for unique holiday gifts. On this day only - receive 10% discount in our gift shop.

Kenosha History Center Exhibit: My Memorabilia

December 6, 2014 - September 27, 2015

This exhibit showcases objects and informational materials on loan from the personal collections of car enthusiasts. 

Triple Dipper Ice Cream Social

August 8, 2015

Triple Dipper:  Ice Cream, Music & Fun, a Family Ice Cream Social at the Southport Light Station Museum!