Open Sun.-Mon. 12-5 p.m., Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays September-February, and holidays.
The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural science and fine arts museum. After 65 years in a renovated post office building (now the Dinosaur Discovery Museum), the Kenosha Public Museum moved into its new facility at Kenosha’s lakefront in 2001. The Museum boasts over 80,000 items in its collections including almost 1,000 works in the fine arts collection. Exhibits feature world cultures, zoology, geology, fossils and fine and decorative arts. See the woolly mammoth excavated in Kenosha County. Stroll through the Four Season Native American Village. Enjoy world class art. Children explore the arts and sciences in the Field Station, a popular hands-on activity area.
Enjoy the gift shop, changing exhibits and free family programs and events. Classes and workshops offered. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Plenty of free parking.
Only at the Kenosha Public Museum Gift Shop: POLISH POTTERY by Ceramika Artystyczna. First quality, hand-painted pottery in beautiful patterns, styles and shapes. Freezer, Oven, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe. As beautiful as it is durable!
View the September-December 2013 schedule for the Peter V. Bianchi Artists Studio here. Visit and learn about the creative process with artists demonstrating their craft.
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Kenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue, Kenosha
ph. 262-653-4140 fx. 262-653-4437
Meeting Rooms: 5
Located downtown on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Kenosha Public Museum offers a variety of options for your next gathering. Scenic views, unique meeting and reception spaces, comfortable surroundings and ample parking are just a few of the amenities guests will enjoy. Be sure to take a break and explore the museum's natural history and art collections. The Daimler Chrysler Hall is ideal for gatherings and meetings of up to 200. Our spectacular lobby features a 60 ft. glass atrium and glacial till wall. The Friends Gallery mezzanine provides a spectacular panoramic view of Lake Michigan. There are also two classroom spaces which can accommodate groups of up to 60 people.
Total Meeting Space: 7,455 sq. ft.
Room - Sq. Footage
Lobby - 2,275
DaimlerChrysler Hall - 2,130
The Friends Gallery - 1,050
Johnson Room - 1,370
Room 119/120 - 630
Also ask about Civil War Museum rentals!
For your enterTRAINment – check out the Holiday Train Display. A local man used to showcase his train collection in a popular outdoor display in his front yard each December. Now he shares it with an even wider audience at the Kenosha Public Museum. Watch as locomotives chug their way through a quaint village scene.
Each of the 40 landscapes, wildlife, still-life and portraits measure less than 9 square inches, and are so finely crafted they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. General admission is free.
From children's books to feature films, Selznick's imagination, creativity and energy inspire a sense of childlike wonder and playfulness. The exhibit is presented by Happenings Magazine. This exhibit is free.
A variety of art works by members of the Lemon Street Gallery. General admission is free.
This is the 12th annual International Holiday Festival. Kick off the holiday season with a day full of sights, sounds and food to dazzle your senses!
Professor and Author Robert L. Birmingham will discuss “Fort Blue Mound.” This event is free and open to the public.
This is a free drop-in program for children with adults, with a different theme each day. Sponsored by the Friends of the Museums.
Model trains of all sizes will be running and displayed throughout the Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.) and Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.). All makes and all models! This is a free family program sponsored by the G-Scalers Model Train Club.
Hundreds of beautiful roses and arrangements will be judged and displayed. Gateway Rose Society is now celebrating its 36th Year!
Museum Crawl is a progressive party at the three Kenosha Public Museums: Dinosaur Discovery Museum (5608 Tenth Ave.), Civil War Museum (5400 First Ave.) and Kenosha Public Museum (5500 First Ave.). Tickets required and include hot appetizers, cold beer, fine wines, and amazing entertainment!