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Address: 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone Number: 262-653-4141
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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.
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Excellent find!

We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the lovely area on Lake Michigan. Beautiful views of the lake! Brand new building housing a very interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the lovely area on Lake Michigan. Beautiful views of the lake! Brand new building housing a very interesting museum. Well done! We especially liked the antique clocks upstairs. Thank you for allowing kids to enter FREE of charge.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

I've done a lot of museums around the country and was awe struck with what they've done. The exhibits abound with written material. We spent over two hours there on a Sunday afternoon and only covered about half of the material. As a Civil War buff, I found incredible information on everything from pre-War days all the way through Reconstruction.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I visit the museum about once a month either to attend their second Friday lunch hour program or sharing the museum with visiting friends.

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Black River Falls, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Fun for the kids, they liked it. Lots to see! Really a great hidden museum! Fun for teens, great location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum is unique in that you don't see Civil War Museum very often. Well done for the area. The museum is next to the Kenosha Public Museum as well and the law enforcement memorial is between them.

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Peru, Illinois
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Came to Kenosha for a brief one night visit and heard about the museum so I decided to visit with my brother. Easy to get to and there is plenty of parking. Being interested in the Civil War and going to visit Gettysburg for the first time in May anything helped. The fiery trial exhibit was the highlight going from... More 

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Although the interactive Fiery Trial and the 360 movie, Seeing the Elephant are exceptional, I found the Veterans Memorial Exhibit inspirational. The veterans' artifacts from each war was educational, but the Solidarity of Soldiers portion of the exhibit took my breath away. Life size soldiers from all the wars were around a campfire, as if it was the end of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It's in a good location, and I enjoyed the experience. Not much else to say. I have a condo in the area, so it's convenient for me. If you get the chance, and are out of town, this is well worth an hour or two of your time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It's in a good location, and I enjoyed the experience. Not much else to say. I have a condo in the area, so it's convenient for me. If you get the chance, and are out of town, this is well worth an hour or two of your time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

PROS: plenty of free parking; some free exhibits but the main exhibit has a fee; right beside the Kenosha Public Museum and the History Museum and Lighthouse from across the dock; the Kenosha tram has a stop right outside of the building. CONS: may not be too interesting for some people and children; there are more interesting museums within a... More 

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