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Civil War Museum

5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
262-653-4141
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Kenosha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Pleasant Prairie
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Kenosha Civil War Museum is outstanding. Very clean building and lots to see, more than i expected. There is also some bonus stuff to see up stairs. It is free to armed forces or Military retirees. I was impressed at the amount of history there was to see and could have spent more time. It is located in a... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a great way to spend a spring day in Kenosha, WI. I went to a seminar in how the Civil War got started? It was interesting that we had this issue when the founding fathers was drafting the Constitution. They knew it was a slavery issue but mostly it was a states rights issue as well. In fact,... More

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Rapid River, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Was a last minute decision to go to the Civil War Museum and worth the 2 hours spent there. The 360 degree movie (approx. 10 minutes long), I didn't feel was quite appropriate for young children (and I didn't have any with me). The statues 'talk' to you, motion sense activated when you are close enough. Creepy and cool all... More

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Chicago
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

i dont really know much about the civil war but going here and looking at all the exzibts and statues i learned alot they also had a 10 minute video that showed the men that fought in the war and some of the battle scenes which in relly liked alot overall i think i learned alot

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Bridgewater NJ USA
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133 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

While in Chicago, we decided to take a ride to Wisconsin to see some sites. This one was a real winner! Easy to find and easy to get to, it is right on the lake with spectacular views from the upper deck. The museum highlight the contributions of the states like Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. People like me from... More

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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14 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is part of a 3 museum complex in downtown Kenosha on land purchased from Chrysler by the City of Kenosha. The city cleaned the site and added fill and put in condos and attractions. Hourly, a movie of 360 degrees is shown concentrating on the contributions that the 'far west' states of Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin made... More

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Geneva,IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

If you went last year GO AGAIN!!! The new 360 degree movie is just incredible!! The troops surround you, the content is "spot on". The movie is worth the entire admission but... be prepared to need to see it at least TWICE to see EVERYTHING. It shows ON THE HOUR! Make a day of it and have lunch in Kenosha... More

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Racine, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is an excellent place for Genealogists to do their family research and for history buffs. They also have special programs and civil war exhibits.

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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98 reviews 98 reviews
35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I re-enact as a sergeant in the Iron Brigade. Civil War buddies told me to check it out. Took the long drive to Kenosha. I was not disappointed. This is a great place to spent a couple of hours. Staff was friendly and approachable and well versed in CW history. Copious exhibits abound. All interesting, all well done. You don't... More

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Billings, MY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

It's on a par, or more, with any other Civil War Museum I've ever visited. A gorgeous facility on the shores of Lake Michigan. Don't miss it!

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