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Civil War Museum

5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
+1 262-653-4141
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Nicely done museum. Interactive and informative. We all learned something. The WW1 comparative... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Linda B
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A must see for history buffs.

Lovely museum, plan to spend at least 60-90 minutes here. We spent more time, but we are history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nicely done museum. Interactive and informative. We all learned something. The WW1 comparative exhibit was great too

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely museum, plan to spend at least 60-90 minutes here. We spent more time, but we are history geeks. Great children's hands on room, and lovely gift shop. Attended a free program on Andersonville, lecture with Q and A. Good temporary exhibit on comparing the...More

Thank WisconsinHomebody
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to review! 60-90 minutes is just about perfect for our Museum. It's great that you were able to catch one of our free programs; we often have lectures on the second Friday of the month, as well as on the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Follow the course of the war as you walk through the museum. The dioramas bring the history to life. The movie in the round will tell you what it means to See the Elephant!

Thank Bugzie913
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

A concise description of our Museum. The teaser at the end is particularly good! Thank you for reviewing!

Reviewed 17 July 2017

It is more like walking through time vs. a museum. There are "people" through out and as you approach them, they talk to you and tell you stories. You can "ride" on a train and see "people" in different scenes. We didn't watch the movie....More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to review! Telling stories is what we're all about, especially the twelve individuals whom you can follow starting at the beginning of the Civil War, through the War itself, and returning home. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 12 July 2017

Very interesting review of the civil war from the people living in and around Illinois, Wisconsin area. I learnt a lot about the whole experience. Very well laid out in a lovely new site.More

Thank suemL8612CE
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to review! We actually represent seven states in the Upper Midwest - Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. These states may not have been home to battlefields, but they were still greatly affected by the War....More

Reviewed 6 July 2017

Needed more time... very interesting and very well put together. The 360 movie was very good! Want to go again to finish reading everything.More

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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

It's always a good thing when visitors want to come back to see more! Thanks for taking the time to review. If you become a member of the Museum you can come back as many times as you like, and take advantage of great discounts...More

Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Beautifully preserved and well displayed civil war relics. I usually drag myself through museums so my history-loving husband can enjoy them, but this museum held my interest and was thought-provoking. Everything was so well put together. The gift shop had a large selection of items,...More

Thank fdlfan
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thanks so much for visiting! It's wonderful to hear that we were able to capture your interest even though Museums may not typically be your thing. That lets us know we're doing something right. Hope you come see us again sometime!

Reviewed 29 June 2017

The 360 degree film puts you right in the middle of the Civil War. The materials are great and the talking statues are amazing. Great place to visit. See the Research area on the second floor. So much info and fun things to do for...More

Thank Joseph R
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thanks for the great review! It sounds like you really explored all the different areas of the Museum. The Resource Center is a great place for kids activities, as well as finding information on Civil War soldiers, be it family members or just people of...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017

This was our first visit to the Civil War museum. Admission was very reasonable. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was very impressed with the museum. I was especially moved by the "Seeing the Elephant" film (which to the disappointment of our...More

Thank SophiaPutrillo
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Wow, thanks so much for the great review! Our "Seeing the Elephant" film is really the crown jewel of the Museum. The phrase refers to the aggrandized idea of going to war versus actually experiencing it, and was often used by Civil War soldiers in...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

I will admit I was surprised to find a Civil War Museum in Wisconsin. Being from Virginia, I've been to many Civil War Museum's and Battlefields and seeing another wasn't on my list of things to do. But, curiosity got the better of me as...More

Thank mtnlaurl
Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

This is such a great perspective, thanks so much for sharing! You really nailed what our Museum is all about. And it's so great to hear that even though you've been to many other Civil War Museums and memorials, that you were still impressed and...More

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Leticia A
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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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