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The Electric Streetcar links the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, and Civil War Museum.

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  • Kenosha Public Museum
  • Kenosha Public Museum - Trading Post
  • Kenosha Public Museum - Four Seasons Native American Village
  • Kenosha Public Museum - The Field Station
  • Art at the Kenosha Public Museum
  • Kenosha Public Museum - The Field Station
  • Kenosha Public Museum
  • Kenosha Public Museum - The Field Station

Kenosha Public Museum

(262) 653-4140


Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed holidays.


Free Admission!

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. 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. 

An ongoing program on select Fridays: Fridays Full of Fun, 2-4 p.m. Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities exploring art and natural science. The cost is $2/person at the door (Friends of the Museum members are free).  

Note: The Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Museum make up the Kenosha Public Museums.


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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!

Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: Earth From Space

January 31, 2015 – June 21, 2015

Stunning satellite images and artifacts reveal our dynamic, ever-changing planet. Brought to you courtesy of the United States Geological Survey and the Smithsonian Institution.

Kenosha Public Museums Gift Shop Event: Groundhog Day Sale

January 31, 2015 - February 2, 2015

Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, there are mammoth savings at the 19th annual Groundhog Day Sale! Receive 25% off purchases in the Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum and Dinosaur Discovery Museum gift shops.

Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: Views of the Ancient World – Peter V. Bianchi, National Geographic Artist

August 23, 2014 – March 1, 2015

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. 

Kenosha Public Museum Program: 2015 African-American Read-In

February 7, 2015

Adults and children from the community lend their voices to read works of poetry, short stories, and children's books by African-American writers.

Kenosha Public Museum Workshop: Art Piping Hot!

February 7, 2015

Kenosha artist Eric Houghton leads the group in creating a painting of Kenosha's beautiful winter harbor, lighthouse and Lake Michigan shoreline. Enjoy fresh brewed, piping hot coffee, warm pastries and other delicious edibles while learning, step by step, how to create your own winter masterpiece.

Kenosha Public Museum Sunday Funday: Valentines For Your Valentines

February 8, 2015

Create Valentine greetings for your family and friends. Stop by any time between the stated hours. This free event is for kids attending with adults.

Friends of the Museums What's It Worth? Appraisal Event

February 28, 2015

Dust off those family heirloom and discover their value from appraiser and popular television guest expert, Mark Moran.

Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: Southport Quilters Guild Annual Members Show

March 7, 2015 - March 29, 2015

More than 60 quilts highlight a variety of contemporary and traditional blocks of quilt patterns. Also includes the annual quilt challenge: “Trip Around the World.”

Kenosha Public Museums Program: Women In Science & History

March 14, 2015

Meet a wide-array of scientists and learn about their work, research and stories through talks and activities for the whole family at the Kenosha Public Museum.

National Quilt Day

March 21, 2015

Quilt display and demonstrations, with a keynote speaker. All of the activities are free.