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Kenosha Public Museum

5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
262-653-4140
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Kenosha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Accredited natural science fine arts museum located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kenosha. Free General Admission, Permanent Exhibits: World... more » Owner description: Accredited natural science fine arts museum located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kenosha. Free General Admission, Permanent Exhibits: World class art by Chagall, Picasso and Dali. Wisconsin Story, Kenosha County Woolly mammoth, Native American Village, Children’s hands-on Field Station. Changing exhibits and free family programs and events. Gift shop. Corporate events venue,birthdays, group tours. Shares a Lake Michigan shoreline campus with The Civil War Museum and a working electric streetcar! Short walk to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Minutes from Illinois Wisconsin border / Six Flags Great America. « less
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This free admission public museum is very well kept. A good size to learn the history of Kenosha, life of mammoth million years ago, the Native American, and see some arts. Would love to visit again. Must stop if you visit Kenosha, a gem of their downtown

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Kenosha
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice museum with interesting displays. Very clean, and easy to get around the displays. This is a great place to bring children to learn about the Native Americans who lived in the area years ago. They usually have special exhibits that are interesting and well done.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The museum is a great learning adventure for young and old. Always new exhibits and fun activities for all. It is amazing that Kenosha has three museums for the public to visit. Spending a day in the downtown area is well worth the trip.

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Rochester, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

One of the best free museums we have been to. The staff were very helpful, friendly and down to earth. We spent an enjoyable hour on the first floor going through the natural and Indian history of Wisconsin. Laid out as a walk through loop starting millions of years ago and ending with the Indians of Wisconsin. The art gallery... More

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Chicago, IL
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102 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Kenosha Public Museum has free admission and parking. It is small, but it can all be covered quickly and then you can move to the children's activity area. It is right on the lakefront.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

PROS: free; ample parking; within the loop that is serviced by the free ride rail car; right by Lake Michigan. Fascinating exhibits about the Kenosha mammoth, a unique diorama that shows native Americans carving food out of a dead mammoth; elevators for the 2nd floor that houses local art work. Another relaxing 1 hour stop. CONS: No cafeteria for snacks... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This has free parking and right by the lake. Bring a picnic lunch and the kids and you have an easy day out. It's free, donations accepted. It's not overwhelming so a great 1st museum for younger kids. IF you are looking for something small, this is your place.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Kenosha public museum offers a fine modern free museum (donations encouraged) offering permanent and rotating exhibits.Excellent location near picturesque lakefront and near other museums and attractions.In season Saturday outdoor market adjacent to museum offering fruits,vegetables,baked goods,cheese,oils,and much more.We last visited over Christmas season when international food,crafts and entertainment were offered inside museum.Rotating exhibits included original art from children's books and... More

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

There are many things to do in Kenosha and they are FREE. In the spring, summer and fall Kenosha has a Farmers Market held outside in front of the museum. It's a fabulous day to visit the museum and market at the same time. If time is allowed, you can also walk outside by Lake Michigan.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This museum was built during the harbor and lakefront construction when the "Harbor Park" was built on what was formerly the site of sooty, old factories, etc. (after soil remediation). Their website can supply more info, i.e., current & permanent exhibits, membership, etc.

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