Last updated: 2/14/2017
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Street Address
5400 First Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
Mailing Address
5400 First Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Closed holidays
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Peggy Gregorski, Development Coordinator
Brenda Roth, Special Events Assistant
phone: 262-653-4142

Located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Civil War Museum is like no other museum in the country. No current museum explores this war as seen and experienced on the home front nor the connections between the home front and the battle front. Through state-of-the-art museum technology, life-size dioramas, and interactive engaging exhibits, visitors travel back in history to the social, political and economic influences that contributed to the Civil War.

The 15,000 square feet permanent exhibit gallery tells the stories of those whose lives were changed by the Civil War and how those people shaped the course of American history. This gallery showcases significant Civil War artifacts important to the regional and national Civil War story using life-scale, interactive exhibits, and audio and video technology.

The Civil War Museum's gift shop has a great selection of unique Civil War reproduction collectibles, books, souvenirs, music, videos/DVDs, and more. Kenosha Public Museums members receive a 10% discount on gift shop puchases at the Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum and Kenosha Public Museum.


The Museum is handicap accessible and visitors are welcome to bring their own wheelchair, walker, or other device. Service animals are welcome. The Museum has one wheelchair that may be checked out for use during your visit. Stop at the front desk for more information.

Wheelchair Accessible




Gift Shop

The Civil War Museum’s gift shop has a great selection of unique Civil War reproduction collectibles, books, souvenirs, music, videos/DVDs, and more. Members receive a 10 percent discount on gift shop purchases.

Facility Rental

Set on the shores of picturesque Lake Michigan, the Museums provide beautiful and unique settings for your next event. Whether planning a wedding ceremony and reception, a bridal or baby shower, corporate meeting or seminar, gala, or holiday party, the Museums have numerous options to fit your needs.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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