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Kenosha Public Museum

(262) 653-4140

Hours:

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

Pricing:

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!

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. 

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
E-mail: pgregorski@kenosha.org

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: Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to Matanzas Bay

March 4, 2017 – May 28, 2017

Contemporary art retraces the historical experiences of American Indian communities. General admission is free.

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 41st Annual National Juried Exhibition

May 6, 2017 – August 6, 2017

On display now at the Kenosha Public Museum, on the Lake Michigan shore in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is the Transparent Watercolor Society of America 41st Annual National Juried Exhibition. The impressive exhibit of more than 80 paintings features artists from 30 states as well as Canada. The three-month exhibit closes August 6. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America displays 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. 

Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: Dan Simoneau – Bell’Uomo Male Figurative Paintings

June 10, 2017 – August 20, 2017

Male figurative paintings by Dan Simoneau AWS, ISAP, NOAPS, NWS.

Gateway Rose Society Rose Show

June 24, 2017

The Gateway Rose Society will display hundreds of beautiful roses and arrangements at the museum. Free to visit.

Museum Crawl

July 14, 2017

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.).

Friends of the Museums Art Fair

July 16, 2017

This is the 53rd annual art fair presented by the Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums. The popular fine art fair includes outdoor and indoor art fair booths, food, and music.

Kenosha Public Museums Family Event: Boofest

October 21, 2017

Wear your costume to trick or treat and enjoy more free fun family activities at the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.), and Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.).

Kenosha HarborHoliday – International Market & Festival

December 2, 2017

This collaborative event combines the Civil War Museum’s Victorian Christmas, Kenosha Public Museum’s International Holiday Faire, the Winter Kenosha HarborMarket event, and more.

Kenosha Public Museum Family Event: Frost Fest

December 27, 2017 – December 29, 2017

Enjoy free family activities.