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Civil War Museum
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Kenosha
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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. Introduced in 2013, the award-winning 360 degree film "Seeing the Elephant" is a 10 minute long glimpse into the life of a mid-western soldier, from recruitment, to training, through battle and finally returning home. See also the Veterans Gallery commemorating soldiers from each war fought by the US.
Reviewed August 5, 2011

Growing up in a western Cavalry town where many Civil War veterans were stationed after the War, my interest in the Civil War goes back to my early childhood days. Our schools do not do it justice in the lessons they provide about the War, but this Museum can transform a boring history lesson into a life-altering event. The exhibits are authentic, and there is a wonderful library full of information on the upper level.. There were hardships and tragedy for those who lived in the South as well as in the North and this era had the potential to divide our nation permanently. I believe the Civil War was the most dangerous period in the history of the United States for its government as well as its people. Before judging who was wrong or right, or assuming the War was a waste of time and money, citizens need to become familiar with the hardships and tragedies endured by people of both the North and the South, and this is the place to do that. An essential history lesson for all.

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Reviewed November 18, 2010

I have gone to the Civil War Museum several times since it opened some years ago. We live in the area so it easy to go whenever we want. My grandfather who is a Civil War expert, and also has gone to other Civil War Museums said that the Civil War Museum was by far the best of any that he has gone to.

You can get into the Museum without paying, though to go into the main exhibit (which is optional) costs five dollars for adults and free for kids under age of 16. The main exhibit is aptly named "The Fiery Trial". The best part of the main exhibit is the mannequins. They talk about how the war has affected them.

The resource center(books) has tons of material about the Civil War for all ages.
You could easily spend a full day in the resource center alone.

The Temporary exhibit is free and the topics are all fascinating.

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Reviewed July 21, 2010

We were really disappointed with this museum.. They were trying to do something different.. but so much of the museum was pictures and recreations. Instead of signs explaining the exhibits they had fake newspapers that were posted that gave the background.. It just felt in-authentic throughout. They made some good use of large photographs that were interesting.. but overall we were disappointed. Additionally, the sitting down and listening to talking mannequins was kind of creepy and very inaccessible (ie.. if you had a hearing loss it was impossible to hear). if you were in Kenosha, its only 5 bucks and they worked really hard at it, but otherwise I would not recommend it.

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Reviewed August 20, 2009

We went to this new and architecturally beautiful museum on the shore of Lake Michigan thinking we'd stay about two hours, but stayed all afternoon. The extra time was spent in the library where they will help you research your relatives who fought in the war. While the adults are using the books and computers, there are puzzles and other activities to keep grade school children occupied. It's a lovely room, a good collection, and a helpful staff.

The main exhibit does a good job of showing the effect of the war on the people of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. As a volunteer there explained, "If you want to learn about the battles, go to the battlefields." No battles were fought in these states, but thousands of men left their homes here to fight and sent back letters and photos. The exhibit houses the ususal military uniforms, firearms, and memorabilia. In addition, there are clever interactive displays allowing those citizens who weren't soldiers to tell their war stories, too.

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Reviewed August 2, 2009

The Civil War Museum in Kenosha was opened in 2008. The cost of admission of $5.00 per adult is well worth the price. The "Fiery Trail" exhibit deals with the Civil War from the upper Midwest point of view. The exhibits "talk" to you and presents the everyday persons point of view at that particular point in their lives. You can sit along side "people" on a train and listen to their stories. There is a riverboat setting where you can experience the same technology. Also included in your admission fee is the "Veterans Memorial Gallery", located across the hall. This is a room with lifelike statues around a campfire. These statues represent military people from the Revolutionary War up through the Gulf War. It is a very moving exhibit, words cannot adequately explain it. If you're in the Kenosha area it's worth the time.

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