Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed holidays.
The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural science and fine arts museum. After 65 years in a renovated post office building (now the Dinosaur Discovery Museum), the Kenosha Public Museum moved into its new facility at Kenosha’s lakefront in 2001. The Museum boasts over 80,000 items in its collections including almost 1,000 works in the fine arts collection. Exhibits feature world cultures, zoology, geology, fossils and fine and decorative arts. See the woolly mammoth excavated in Kenosha County. Stroll through the Four Season Native American Village. Enjoy world class art. Children explore the arts and sciences in the Field Station, a popular hands-on activity area.
Enjoy the gift shop, changing exhibits and free family programs and events. Classes and workshops offered. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Plenty of free parking.
Only at the Kenosha Public Museum Gift Shop: POLISH POTTERY by Ceramika Artystyczna. First quality, hand-painted pottery in beautiful patterns, styles and shapes. Freezer, Oven, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe. As beautiful as it is durable!
Visit the Peter V. Bianchi Artists Studio. Visit and learn about the creative process with artists demonstrating their craft (select days and times). This is located on the second floor of the KPM’s Fine & Decorative Arts Gallery.
An ongoing program on Wednesdays: Museum Munchkins, 9:30-10 a.m. Get your preschooler excited about science and the world around them! This is free and open to preschoolers with an adult.
In addition to the special exhibits listed in the events tab above, Birds and Mammals of North America are on display in the Museum's Abbott Labs Treasures Gallery through 2014. From turtles and turkeys, to bison and black bears, some of the beloved animals from the KPM collections are in the first floor display cases.
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Kenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue, Kenosha
ph. 262-653-4140 fx. 262-653-4437
Meeting Rooms: 5
Located downtown on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Kenosha Public Museum offers a variety of options for your next gathering. Scenic views, unique meeting and reception spaces, comfortable surroundings and ample parking are just a few of the amenities guests will enjoy. Be sure to take a break and explore the museum's natural history and art collections. The Daimler Chrysler Hall is ideal for gatherings and meetings of up to 200. Our spectacular lobby features a 60 ft. glass atrium and glacial till wall. The Friends Gallery mezzanine provides a spectacular panoramic view of Lake Michigan. There are also two classroom spaces which can accommodate groups of up to 60 people.
Total Meeting Space: 7,455 sq. ft.
Room - Sq. Footage
Lobby - 2,275
DaimlerChrysler Hall - 2,130
The Friends Gallery - 1,050
Johnson Room - 1,370
Room 119/120 - 630
Also ask about Civil War Museum rentals!
Featuring the guest artists of the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, and original art by comics icons from the collection of George Hagenauer. Includes art from the Family Circus's Jeff Keane, Lola creator Todd Clark, Big Nate cartoonist Lincoln Peirce, and more.
On display in the West and South Galleries. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America will once again display a variety of watercolors from artists from across the country.
Scientific illustrations, original paintings, preliminary studies and sketches from one of National Geographic magazine's most recognized artists on display in the West Gallery. General admission is free.
The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning welcomes nationally and internationally-known cartoonists to Kenosha each year to share their stories, display their work, conduct workshops, and meet fans of the funny pages and other forms of cartooning.
Join Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.), and Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.) for free Halloween-themed family activities, including trick or treating.
Enjoy an International Market with foods and gifts from around the world, children's crafts and musical entertainment. This is a free family event, and the 13th annual International Holiday Festival.
Enjoy crafts and activities with a different theme each day. This is a free drop-in program for children with adults, sponsored by the Friends of the Museums.