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Civil War Museum

5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
+1 262-653-4141
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Very unexpected and a pleasant surprise

This Civil War museum ranks among the best we've visited. Great displays, movie that was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
L F
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Madison, Wisconsin
SE WI gem!

I highly recommend adding this museum to your MUST SEE list. It is very thoroughly set up with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
J S
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“degree movie” (13 reviews)
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“short movie” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank L F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Kenosha_Museums, other at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Kenosha_Museums, other at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 22 December 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
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

This is a reciprocal museum for a membership we have at another museum, so we thought it would be worth a visit. So glad that we did! The detail that went into this museum was phenomenal. The unique perspective from the Midwest is interesting. The...More

Thank perryandashley
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thanks so much for the review! We're so glad that you were able to take advantage of the reciprocal membership program (NARM) in which we are happy to be included. We also are happy to offer this as a perk to our Patron level Membership...More

Reviewed 31 October 2017

If you are travelling anywhere near Kenosha and miss this, you've made a mistake. Especially if you have any interest in history, and not just Civil War history. The price of admission was much more than worth the chance to view and participate with remarkable...More

Thank David W
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thanks for the great review! You're absolutely right - to take a trip to Kenosha without stopping by our Museum would be a grave mistake. Even if you don't consider yourself a Civil War buff there's plenty to see and experience here. Come back soon!

Reviewed 16 October 2017

Being from the capital of the confederacy, Richmond, VA. I am a little jaded when it comes to the civil war and museums. However this museum shows a unique perspective.

Thank garyb202
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review! It's great to hear feedback from visitors who are not only from the Midwest which our Museum represents, but also from around other parts of the country. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 12 October 2017

This museum is well worth your time. It really tells the story of how soldiers in the Northwest Territory fought in the Civil War. You can dress up in costumes for the era and have your picture taken by a cannon. The 360 degree film...More

Thank jpandpj
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

What a wonderfully positive review. Thanks so much! It sounds like you took your time to go through not only the main exhibit on the first floor, but explored the rest of the Museum as well. Visit us again soon!

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Nice to take the kids to for an hour or 2 someday to get out of the house. Nothing spectacular but not bad for a small town museum and the price is right!!!More

Thank karl a
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thanks for taking the time to review! We try to have a variety of activities throughout the year for both children and adults, whether it be reenactors and canon firings at Salute to Freedom, dancers at Victorian Christmas, or a nice meaty Civil War lecture....More

Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

The star of the show is the 360 degree movie highlighting the personal stories of civil war families from The Midwest. The interactive features are family friendly and well designed. In addition, there is a memorial room highlighting the men and women serving in each...More

Thank Dale B
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thanks for the great review! We too, think of the 360 film, "Seeing the Elephant" as the star of our exhibit, and it's great to hear our visitors say the same. The Veterans Gallery is also worth taking some time to look through in detail,...More

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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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