Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m.
Museum on Kenosha’s harbor features the history of Kenosha County, including its early settlement and industrial history, and a gift shop. Visit the Yesteryear Gallery – from settlement to 1900 see how Kenosha County developed and grew. See the Upson Oxcart, a Barn Raising & Fanning Mill, Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Depot, General Store, Barbershop, One Room School, and more. Learn about Christopher Latham Sholes and the Bain Wagon Company. The Lyman Gallery in the lobby features various shop fronts, including a Photography Studio, a Millenary, and more.
In the Rambler Legacy Gallery – see how Kenosha’s auto-making legacy shaped history through the 20th Century. Displays on the perimeter of the gallery include the Peter Pirsch Company with a 1934 Pirsch Fire Engine, the Sterling Bicycle Company and Jeffery Company with a 1902 Rambler, Model C convertible on display, and more. Click on the “events” tab for the current exhibit information and upcoming events.
The Kenosha County Historical Society was founded in 1878 to preserve, research and present the cultural heritage of Kenosha County and Southeastern Wisconsin. The Society moved to its present location in 2001; naming its museum the Kenosha History Center. The building was built in 1917.
Visit the archives by appointment. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Free parking. The grounds include the Southport Light Station Museum (open seasonally and by appointment).
Note: The Rambler Gallery is closed from late September to early December each year for a change of exhibits. The rest of the museum remains open during this time.
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The Kenosha History Center is proud to present two new display cases exhibiting the early years of the Kenosha Police Department from 1885 through 1970s. One of the exhibits features the March 31, 1919 robbery of the American Brass Company that led to the killing of the Kenosha Police Officer, Antonio Pingitore.
The Kenosha History Center is proud to present a new display on Fraternal Organizations. Many of our ancestors joined fraternal orders, organizations or associations of people bound together for philosophical, religious, literary, social, athletic or philanthropic purposes.
Don’t miss this car exhibit in the Rambler Legacy Gallery featuring three different exhibits of cars during the year. The gallery also features a new permanent exhibit: Kenosha’s "Lost Industries" from 1850s thru 1970s.
The lighthouse and maritime museum, inside the keeper's house, documents Kenosha's lighthouse keepers, shipping and fishing history. Also climb the 1866 Southport Lighthouse. The tower stands 55 feet above the lighthouse grounds. See Kenosha, Lake Michigan and into Illinois and Racine County.
Join the Southport Light Station Museum for a family-friendly event that kicks off a new season of tours for the museum, which includes tours to the top of the Southport Lighthouse. (Must be 8 or older to climb the lighthouse.)
Join the Kenosha History Center at various locations for car shows, a car parade, and the big car show rounding out the 5 days of events on Saturday. There will be daily events; the confirmed schedule will be released in December 2013 or January 2014.
Triple Dipper: Ice Cream, Music & Fun, a Family Ice Cream Social at the Southport Light Station Museum! To help celebrate National Lighthouse Day all Kenosha County Residents are invited to climb to the top of the Lighthouse Tower for FREE! ($5 for Out of County adult visitors.) All children 8 to 12 years old climb FREE!