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Civil War Museum

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Address: 5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
Phone Number:
+1 262-653-4141
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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. 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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New perspective of the Civil War era

Plan your visit to watch "Seeing the Elephant," 360 surround style movie giving a glimpse into life of an enlisted man. It runs for 10 minutes at the top of every hour in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Tony T
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Plan your visit to watch "Seeing the Elephant," 360 surround style movie giving a glimpse into life of an enlisted man. It runs for 10 minutes at the top of every hour in the center of the main exhibit which (if you follow the map given at the door ... go to your right- oops, we went left.) Get glimpses... More 

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Thank Tony T
Bear Creek, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The video shown at this museum is a 360 degree screen, it is all around you and you are basically in the middle when the guns and cannons begin to shoot, it is very cool to see and be a part of. There are a lot of things to read, but it is a museum, so that is to be... More 

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We do have a lot of information on display, and for our visitors who like to come often there's always something new for them to discover. The subject of the Civil War can be a bit tough for kids to get interested in, but we have a lot of events throughout the year which use fun... More 

Antioch, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum focuses on the midwest states contributions and losses in the Civil War. There is a lot to read in this small museum. The 360 degree movie was a very nice and interesting surprise. Worth the money.

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Thank Curt C
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this review

A nice, succinct description of what we do. Thanks for the review! Come back and visit us again soon! More 

Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything here is wonderful, very informative and many things we did not know about. Admission is very reasonable and they have a nice gift shop. Do make sure you have at east a few hours to also take in the incredible movie.

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Thank finchmama2011
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this review

Wow! It sounds like you had a great experience. We love that you walked away with some new information, and that you spent so much time with us. Thanks for sharing! More 

Oak Creek
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised by this museum! Plan to spend 1-2 hours here to really take everything in. Displays are interactive and the 360 degree movie gives you a good idea what the soldiers may have experienced on the battlefield.

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Thank James D
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us! Our 360 film "Seeing the Elephant" is the jewel of our exhibit, intended to give you that immersive experience that resonates with our visitors, and we're so glad you enjoyed it. Come see us again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had pretty low expectations due to the location of this Museum. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Many more exhibits than I expected and very detailed and comprehensive displays.

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this review

You never know what gems you may find in downtown Kenosha. Thanks for visiting! More 

Park Ridge, Illinois
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This is unlike most museums. You are actually in it & take an active part. U see how people during that time lived, pop culture, & really learned how the nation ticked, & the Civil War still lives in our memory. This is three hours plus to fully absorb everything.When u read this, stop & plan your visit.

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Thank Larry K
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

kids love to go here and look around at the exhibits. The exhibits change and are all worth looking at. They also offer girl scout events where the children can dress up in electic clothing etc..

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Thank Dave N Courtney S
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This museum actually surprised me by how good it was. It is not just the usual museum. Every room is very interactive and it almost makes you feel like you are part of it. You can sit next to different characters and hear their real life stories throughout the museum. Great museum for a smaller city!

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Thank Tracey V
Sycamore, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a museum I had not heard about before. It is a very modern museum and has quite a bit to see. The information in the museum is interesting. If you are a Civil War buff, you would love the place. The area around the museum is also interesting.

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