Open Sun.-Mon. 12-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays September-February and holidays. Extended hours, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., on Thursdays from May 30 through August 29.
Fiery Trial Admission:
$5 for Kenosha Residents
$7 for out of town visitor
The Civil War Museum opened in 2008 and focuses on the contributions of the Upper Middle West – Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan – to the Civil War. These states played a vital role by providing troops and supplies to the cause, even though no battles were fought in this region. The exhibits concentrate on personal stories of people from all walks of life and circumstance. Men, women and children from various ethnic backgrounds experienced life during and after the war in different ways. It is through these unique stories that the museum visitor learns about the causes and effects of the Civil War and its impact on the region. The Veterans Memorial Gallery honors all U.S. veterans and soldiers from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts.
Nominal admission to the Fiery Trial Gallery – Friends members free. Enjoy the gift shop and free programs for adults and families. Classes and workshops offered, including genealogy workshops. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Plenty of free parking.
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A fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus three constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict – the secession of the Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties – and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges. Free exhibit in the John M. Antaramian Gallery.
With the 2012 releases of Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it might seem that there has been a recent a run on movies showcasing the 16th President of the United States. In fact, these films just continue a 100 year legacy of Abraham Lincoln as star of the big and small screen. “Lincoln in Film and Television,” a new exhibit at the Civil War Museum done in conjunction with Racine Lincoln collector and author Steven Rogsted, shows the history of Lincoln as portrayed in film and on television using a variety of artifacts, images, books and movie posters.
Watch a demonstration and have a hands-on experience making Vietnamese spring rolls. Also included on the menu is curry chicken over rice.
Do you think you might have a Civil War ancestor? Learn the basics of genealogical research using U.S. records and the Internet.
The Civil War Museum will host a series of four group discussions focusing on the causes of the Civil War. This program is free and open to the public. The sessions will be led by Dr. Eric Pullen, professor of history at Carthage College, and based on a set of readings provided by Carthage and the museum.
All veterans and soldiers are welcome to stop in for some coffee, kringle and conversation. Visit the Museum's Veterans Memorial Gallery. At 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony honoring all those who have served as well as those who serve today. Free and open to the public.
Recipes demonstrated will utilize produce available in the late spring and early summer. Cost is $25 or $20 for Friends of the Museums. Advance registration required.
A weekend full of living history encampments, special tours, family activities, educational programs, and musical and theatrical performances.
This presentation, by historian Rod Miller, will follow the 113th Illinois from mustering in, to marching through the swamps of Mississippi.
This exhibit looks at Gettysburg and Vicksburg from the perspective of the Upper Midwestern troops who fought the battles and the civilians who eagerly waited for news at home.