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Civil War Museum

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Address: 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone Number: +1 262-653-4141
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The accredited Civil War Museum opened in 2008 on Kenosha Wisconsin's...

The accredited Civil War Museum opened in 2008 on Kenosha Wisconsin's scenic lakefront campus. 57,000 Sq Ft covers American Civil War history like no other, offering the enthusiast a chance to learn about the contributions of the Upper Middle West. Already acclaimed for their permanent exhibit featuring life-scale, interactive exhibits, and audio and video technology. Introduced in 2013, the award-winning 360 degree film "Seeing the Elephant" is a 10 minute long glimpse into the life of a mid-western soldier, from recruitment, to training, through battle and finally returning home. See also the Veterans Gallery commemorating soldiers from each war fought by the US.

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A high quality Civil War museum and library

The videos, permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits are all worth your time here. Allow at lest two hours for a first visit. I have been here five times this year and I became... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert W
Park Ridge, Illinois
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The videos, permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits are all worth your time here. Allow at lest two hours for a first visit. I have been here five times this year and I became a member.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is an incredible gem. Packed full of history, which is accessible to all ages. The museum brings the Civil War history alive.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was disappointed. The major display is heavy on reading posters with historical facts, fake looking mannequins and costumes, simulated settings that are not very realistic, and a significant lack of actual artifacts. I spent 8 years as a docent, program chair and executive board member for a Victorian museum in West Michigan so have designed displays, wrote and implemented... More 

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Very nice walk through the entire civil war experience. Beautiful location and very helpful staff. Also a fully stocked research library.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed to this museum again. I had gone when it first opened but hadn't been in several years. The short video that is shown was made in Old World Wisconsin which I thought was a brilliant use of local resources. The museum itself has a great collection of artifacts and information tidbits. The train was one of my... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Who knew there would be a Civil War museum in Kenosha, WI?! We were really impressed with this place -learned a lot about the civil war - the day we went we were practically the only people there (Thursday a.m.) so we had the place to ourselves. Cool 360 degree theater screen with a short movie playing every hour, knowledgable... More 

Thank Yennifair
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great museum. The displays were well done and following the timeline from before the war, through the war and then after the war was very helpful. Most often when someone studies about the Civil War, we get the perspective from the South or the Eastern states. Being from Minnesota, I was always frustrated that there is so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the civil war museum it was very interesting. We recommend going to all the museums that are in kenosha.

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St. Paul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was a new view for me of the Civil War from the mid-west. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. I was able to see the special exhibit that actually brought me into the Civil War...realistic scenarios that you could walk into and experience. Many historical documents and re-enactments were amazing to see. The Civil War was not just... More 

Thank Ursula O
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

It's a must when you visit Kenosha ! The Staff is amazing . You can try on clothing from the civil war era . The interactive exhibit is amazing , you will not be disappointed.


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