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Civil War Museum

Address: 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone Number: 262-653-4141
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Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Kenosha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military museums, Museums
Owner description: The accredited Civil War Museum opened in 2008 on Kenosha Wisconsin’s scenic lakefront campus...
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Type: Military museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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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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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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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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If you're looking for somewhere to visit in Kenosha, and you're interested in history - especially the Civil War that torn our country apart, then look no further - Kenosha Civil War Museum is the choice. Wonderful collection with lots of informative display and videos, with professional team of staffs that is ready to help. Very interactive, even for families... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Only been there once, but MUST go back and see the things I had to go by too fast. Big, imaginative displays, videos, wonderful memorabilia and the feeling you were right there with the soldiers and the locals involved. A real must for any visitor (or resident) of Kenosha, WI!

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Yes, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Why? Because the focus is on how the War Between the States affected the Upper Midwest, which sent 750,000 men to serve in the army but, perhaps more importantly, how the Upper Midwest also provided much of the food and raw materials necessary to sustain the Union Army. Believe it or not, this is the third... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This museum is spectacular! It's a lot of amazing exhibits and information. It's great for the whole family, interactive exhibits and scenes to really explain how life was during the civil war

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Set up mostly on one floor,with just travelling exhibits upstairs; this is a rather new building up east on Lake Michegan..a nice movie in the round opens up the time well spent there... most all displays are simple and well done; a few areas lacked for adequate lighting... there is a nice gift shop on the main level.. a small... More 

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