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!
The holiday train is back at the museum! Kids of all ages can enjoy watching the model train run through a festive winter scene. This display is courtesy of the Kenosha Garden Railroad Society. Free.
Explore the evolution and artistry of the guitar in America through the 20th Century, and its impact on popular music and culture. Free. View rare, vintage, and unique guitars, many never shown before. Featuring a premiere collection courtesy of Music Center, Kenosha.
Enjoy science fiction movie posters of the drive-in era.
The weather outside might be cold, but grab your Hawaiian shirts for a tropical heat wave at the Museum! Enjoy free family activities. Make a volcano erupt, dissect a real flower, create Polynesian stick maps, learn about coral reefs, and more.
The January 13 event (5:30 – 8 p.m.) is for families, the January 14 event is for adults.
Rock the museum with the Eddie Butts band! Enjoy a special dinner, drinks and silent auction. And be sure to see the Center Stage: A Century of Guitars exhibit. $75/person.
Get to know a variety of scientists, their research and how they got into their field, then participate in your own scientific activities.
Watch demonstrations and take part in quilting activities throughout the day. This is a 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.
All makes of model trains on display throughout the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) and Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.). Free.