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Civil War Museum

5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
+1 262-653-4141
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National history with a local angle

My family of history- and museum-buffs really enjoyed our visit! It’s not the largest museum nor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sara D
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Certainly One of The Very Best In The Midwest!"

Thanks to the foresight & planning of this beautiful location and the awesome opportunity for the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Racine, Wisconsin
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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.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family of history- and museum-buffs really enjoyed our visit! It’s not the largest museum nor does it have the most unique material culture, yet it excels in its mission: telling the stories of regular people from Kenosha and the upper Midwest who were caught...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to the foresight & planning of this beautiful location and the awesome opportunity for the city of Kenosha, we have absolutely a TOP Notch site and wonderful architecture that houses the local Civil War Museum! The ambiance here is simply magnificent and fascinating for...More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, you had a lot to say about our Museum! We host many school groups here throughout the year, from the Kenosha area and beyond. We love being such a great resource for the community, and we're glad you think so too! Visit us again...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding docent gave a superb overview and took our group through the various phases of the Civil War. Outstanding displays and actual Civil War items. Excellent 360 degree movie show.

Thank Stan K
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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are very lucky to have a dedicated and knowledgeable group of volunteers that help us with our scheduled groups and programs. We would not be able to provide such great service. We hope you visit us again!

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Reviewed March 31, 2018

We were looking for a day trip destination and thoroughly enjoyed this museum. A beautiful, very new facility, we self-guided and spent several hours seeing all the different displays. The circular layout and the period displays were well done. Highly recommend.

Thank Doug R
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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review! It sounds like you really took your time and explored the exhibit fully. Hopefully you will come and visit us again soon!

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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

Better half and I were looking for something to do. So we decided on taking a ride out to Kenosha. We stumbled across the museum. First off for the price of admission, you can't beat it. Secondly, some of the artifacts and stories along with...More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2018

Thanks to you and your Better Half for visiting! It's great to hear that you felt your experience was worth the admission price - and beyond! The 360 film can be hard to follow, but we hope our visitors will come back to see it...More

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Reviewed March 2, 2018

I love museums, especially those off the beaten path. Still, this disappointed. It is a large place. Lots of mannequins and posters to read relative to the number of artifacts.More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2018

Thanks for visiting! You are right; there is quite a bit of information posted throughout the exhibit, and lots of mannequins. It is our goal to create an immersive experience, to encourage visitors to engage more closely with individual stories and perspectives of civilians and...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2018

This Civil War museum ranks among the best we've visited. Great displays, movie that was phenomenal and child friendly. It is also easily accessible.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

I highly recommend adding this museum to your MUST SEE list. It is very thoroughly set up with information for people with all learning styles. There are interactive activities, beautifully done displays, chronological and captivating information from beginning to end, including a short movie that...More

Thank J S
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Kenosha_Museums, other at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

What a great review! It sounds like you had a great time at our Museum, and really took your time looking at everything. Our second floor exhibit rotates every few months, so next time you visit there'll be something new to see!

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

The Kenosha Civil War museum, in addition to an excellent permanent collection, hosts numerous speakers and symposia that attract people from all over the midwest and the entire country. A real asset to the region!More

Thank James K
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Kenosha_Museums, other at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review! You make an excellent point; throughout the year we do host many events and lectures which are generally free and open to the public, covering an array of topics focused on the Civil War. Anyone in the...More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Who would expect a Civil War Museum in a state that witnessed no battles in the Civil War? Well, don't be too quick to judge. This museum takes the view of those who experienced the war from many perspectives both at home and on the...More

Thank Alan G
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Leticia A
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The Fiery Trial exhibit has an admission price of $9 per adult, $5 for residents of Kenosha. Children 15 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
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