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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!

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 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). 

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.       

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: Picture a Book: The Illustrations of Renée Graef

October 11, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Original artwork from Wisconsin childrens book illustrator, Renée Graef.  Graef has illustrated over 70 books for children including the Kirsten series in the American Girl collection and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder for HarperCollins.

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 Museums Gift Shop Sale

November 21, 2014 – November 22, 2014

Get your holiday shopping done early, with 15% off purchases in the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.), and Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.) gift shops.

Kenosha Public Museum Sunday Funday: Little House on the Prairie

November 23, 2014

Travel back in time to the American West with the artwork of Renée Graef. Learn about different trades from reenactors and, through lots of hands-on activities, explore life on the prairie.

Kenosha Public Museum Event: International Holiday

December 6, 2014

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.

Kenosha Public Museum Family Event: Frost Fest

December 26, 2014 - December 28, 2014

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.

National Quilt Day

March 21, 2015

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

Train Extravaganza Weekend

May 30, 2015 – May 31, 2015

All makes of model trains on display at the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) and Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.). Free.

Museum Crawl

July 10, 2015

The 5th Annual Museum Crawl is a progressive party at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Civil War Museum and Kenosha Public Museum.

Friends of the Museum Art Fair

July 19, 2015

This is the 51st annual art fair presented by the Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums. The event is held outside the Kenosha Public Museum and the Civil War Museum next door! Admission is free.