For 80 years the Kenosha Public Museum has been taking viewers to destinations around the world through its Travel Adventure Series. Professional filmmakers share their experiences through movies and interactive discussions, describing the art, music, architecture, culture and history from a first-person perspective.
The series started in 1936 in the basement of the original Kenosha Historical and Art Museum (now the Dinosaur Discovery Museum) and were referred to as the Lamplighter Series. Press releases from the 1940s boast that many of the films were “color motion pictures” or were presented using “color stills.”
Present day presentations include high definition digital films shown on a large screen in the Reuther High School Auditorium, presented by professional filmmakers from across the country. The films are focused on recreational travel, as well as educating viewers on the culture, history and art of areas around the world. Although information is more accessible now through the Internet, travelogue viewers benefit from the personal discussions and experiences the live filmmakers provide. In the future, filmmakers will continue to adapt and use the latest technology to their advantage. In the next few years many will begin broadcasting the travelogues live from remote areas of the world via channels like Skype.
Films are 90 minutes and include a short intermission.
General adult admission is $5 per film at the door. Children 15 and under are free. A season pass may be purchased at the door or in advance for $25 ($20 for seniors and Friends of the Museums members).
During the 2016-17 Travel Adventure Series season, the Kenosha Public Museum will present seven films, adding to the 915 films that have been shown over the last 80 years. Coming Up:
March 10, 2017: Ghosts of the Gold Rush presented by Gray Warriner
The ghosts of the gold rush are still with us in the Pony Express stations, old stage stops, trading posts and railroads to nowhere. The West reveals its long-hidden past in the deserts of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and old New Mexico. Walk these dusty, silent streets and travel back in time to an era that shaped the West with riches that helped make the nation and stories that became legends. Along the way experience some of the most spectacular mountain and desert scenery in North America.
April 7, 2017: East African Safari presented by Rick Ray
Savannahs, lions, jeeps crossing vast landscapes, herds of wildebeests migrating, old airplanes on remote landing strips and the luxury of a bygone era. Explore all this and more, from Kenya and Tanzania, to Rwanda. A safari adventure is the pinnacle of a lifetime, and you're invited along to experience the magic and wonder only East Africa can offer.