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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
  • Kenosha Public Museum - Trading Post
  • Kenosha Public Museum - The Field Station
  • a glass painting museum class
  • Kenosha Public Museum - Four Seasons Native American Village
  • Art at the Kenosha Public Museum
  • a basket weaving museum class
  • Kenosha Public Museum - The Field Station
  • 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. 

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: Journey to Primal: The Art of Theodore Czebotar

August 15, 2015 – February 29, 2016

A prolific artist of boundless curiosity and passion, Racine native Theodore Czebotar reflected in his work the times and tenor of his years as a traveler through life and as an observer and interpreter of the natural world.

Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit: The Things That Remain – A Veteran Print Project

July 4, 2015 – November 15, 2015

Veteran Print Project seeks to bring two divergent groups, veterans and artists, together to express the historical experiences of veterans through the traditional methods of fine art print, opening an ongoing dialogue between these two groups. 

Kenosha Public Museum Program: Atticus Finch in Today's World: Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2015

October 19, 2015

Attorneys from the State Public Defender's Kenosha office will give a panel presentation on what criminal defense attorneys do, why they chose their profession, and some of the differences between what Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" dealt with and how criminal defense works today.

Kenosha Public Museums Family Event: Boofest

October 24, 2015

Wear your costume and trick or treat at the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.), and Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.). Activities also include:

Kenosha Public Museum Event: International Holiday

December 5, 2015

Enjoy an International Market with foods and gifts from around the world, children's crafts and musical entertainment. This is the 14th annual event – it’s a free family event.

Jurassic Park Movie Marathon

February 6, 2016

This is a free event.

Darwin Day

February 13, 2016

This is a free event.

National Quilt Day

March 19, 2016

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

Kenosha Public Museum Program: Women In Science Day

March 20, 2016

Learn about the work of scientists through activities for the whole family at the Kenosha Public Museum. The event is free.

Train Extravaganza Weekend

May 21, 2016 – May 22, 2016

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

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