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Kenosha Public Museum

5500 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-3778
+1 262-653-4140
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Small, very well done, free

The water color exhibit is exceptional. Don't miss it. The mamoth-mastadon exhibit is very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David908
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Always a surprise

I've been here a couple of times w/ my mom who is a local. On the first floor, there is a set of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Areya W
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Dallas, Texas
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Accredited natural science and fine arts Museum located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kenosha. Free General Admission and free parking. Permanent Exhibits include: Wisconsin Story, Kenosha County Woolly mammoth, Native American Village, Children's hands-on Field Station. Rotating exhibits and free family programs and events year-round. Unique Gift Shop carrying local, hand-made and green products. Includes rental spaces for corporate events,birthdays, weddings, parties, etc. Group tours for children and adults available. Shares a Lake Michigan shoreline campus with the Civil War Museum and a working electric streetcar which runs to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Short distance from Illinois/Wisconsin border.
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Hours Today: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5500 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-3778
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The water color exhibit is exceptional. Don't miss it. The mamoth-mastadon exhibit is very interesting. This museum is fun for all ages.

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review! The Transparent Watercolor Society of American exhibition runs through the summer (August 5th), but our mammoth is on display all year round. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy at our Museum!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here a couple of times w/ my mom who is a local. On the first floor, there is a set of permanent displays depicting the history of the area including the types of dinosaurs that walked the land and the life styles of...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

A comprehensive educational venue highlighting the Pre-Kenosha Native American customs and culture of the area. Also displays and information covering geological, geographical, plant and animal highlights of the area.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

A great place! We had NO IDEA this existed. The "greeters" were so welcoming and excited to talk about the exhibits.More

1  Thank Kelly P
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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review! Our volunteers (many of whom are greeters) are one of our greatest assets. We are very lucky to have so many people in our community who support us and donate their time and energy to help us...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to bring a family for an hour. We had been visiting the Civil War Museum and decided to stop by here. It is suggested admission, so no set price to get in. The first floor is full of fossils, including...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Great place to bring children. They have a room where children can explore and play. Exhibits upstairs change to enable you to keep coming back and discover new things. Special events are offered so check their website calendar.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We bring our children here often. Even though its kind of small our children haven't gotten tired of it. We spend hours and hours in the Creative area where the children can draw and explore many different imaginative activities.More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review! We may not be very big, but having a smaller space allows us to give attention to detail and build exhibits which are informative but not overwhelming. We're glad we've become a staple of your family outings, and...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

The Kenosha Public Museum has much more than you would expect for a small city museum. There is a great timeline display showing the history of the area from millions of years ago to recent history. There is a great kids area with hands on...More

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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We really love to visit this place especially with the children! The have ots to see for the size & plenty of parking too. There is a really nice gift shop and a hands on area as well which adults and kid can enjoyMore

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review! It sounds like you're a regular visitor, and we love to hear that our Museum is a place where you come visit to enjoy time with the family. We try to have a little something for everyone, including...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

This museum took you thru time beginnin w/fossils, etc. Showed how indians lives, about erosion, animals thru time, has a huge dinosaur. Volunteer docent very friendly and helpful. It's on two floors. Second floor more changing art gallery exhibit. Has gift shop, clean bathrooms. A...More

Thank lynne p
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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Kenosha Public Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review! It sounds like you really took your time to explore the Museum. We do have a large Mammoth on display in our main gallery, which was found right here in Kenosha. Our Lobby area and Mezzanine may seem...More

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