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!
An ongoing program on Wednesdays: Museum Munchkins, 9:30-10 a.m. Preschoolers with an adult learn about science and the world around them. Each week explore a different topic with stories, songs, and activities using pieces from the museum's collections. Free and open to the public.
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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!
Enjoy activities and experiments for the whole family. Scientists from a wide array of occupations will show off their work, research, and stories of how they became scientists. Free.
Quilt Party: Celebrating 15 Years Together! More than 50 displayed quilts commemorate special occasions including 15 years of the Guild and Museum working together to celebrate the art of quilting.
Contemporary art retraces the historical experiences of American Indian communities. General admission is free.
The 45th annual Kenosha Unified School District student show includes artwork from all grade levels of all district schools. General admission is free.
Watch demonstrations and take part in quilting activities throughout the day. This is a mostly free event.
Enjoy free family programs at three museums: Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) on the 18th, the Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.) on the 19th, and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.) on the 20th.
The Transparent Watercolor Society of America displays around 80 paintings from some of the nation's top transparent watercolor artists in this popular annual show. The wide range of themes includes abstracts, portraits, landscapes, city scenes and more, all using the transparent watercolor painting method.
All makes of model trains on display throughout the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) and Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.). Free.
The Gateway Rose Society will display hundreds of beautiful roses and arrangements at the museum. Free to visit.
The 7th Annual Museum Crawl is a progressive after-hours party at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.), and Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.).