Take a day trip to discover the world-class museums of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the museums are conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee in vibrant downtown Kenosha.
The Civil War Museum is the only museum to focus on the war from the personal stories of the people from seven states of the Upper Middle West. The immersive exhibit features the award winning 360° movie, Seeing the Elephant, plus a Veterans Memorial Gallery.
The Civil War Museum
5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, (262) 653-4141,www.TheCivilWarMuseum.org
Next door sits the Kenosha Public Museum, a natural history and fine art museum that has gained national recognition for both permanent and temporary exhibits. Catch the 43rd Annual Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s Juried Exhibition from May 4 through August 4. Permanent exhibits feature the brand new From Curiosity to Science, and Woolly Mammoths excavated in Kenosha County.
Kenosha’s Natural History, Science, and Art Museum
5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, (262) 653-4140, www.KenoshaPublicMuseum.org
To round out your trip to Kenosha, hop on the historic electric streetcar running through downtown along the harbor, to get to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. The main gallery of the museum is packed with twenty-six meat eating theropods. Kids love the interactive permanent exhibit, Little Clint: The Story of a Baby Dinosaur.
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
5608 Tenth Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, (262) 653-4450, www.DinosaurDiscoveryMuseum.org
The museums are free, with a suggested $5 donation. Admission to the Civil War Museum’s main exhibit is $9 for adults 16 and older. There is plenty of free on-site parking, and the museums are just blocks from the Metra train station.