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Civil War Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Awesome 360 Video, Fantastic Exhibits, Lots of Activities for Kids - A Must Visit

I have been to many museums and can soundly say this is a fantastic museum with beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Good activity for a bad-weather day

Our family really enjoyed this museum. The displays nicely mix the period objects with... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2018
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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...more
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5400 1st Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140-6508
+1 262-653-4141
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have been to many museums and can soundly say this is a fantastic museum with beautiful and insightful exhibits and an awesome 360 video. There were actors there in costume who described the lives of people during the Civil War. Upstairs, there was a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review! We love it when people call us a "must visit". Most of our Museum is free, however, our main exhibit, The Fiery Trial generally has an admission of $9. During the annual HarborHoliday Market and Festival our...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018

Our family really enjoyed this museum. The displays nicely mix the period objects with interpretive information. The person at the ticket desk informed us that the movie was very loud; we were glad that we watched the movie, but families with small children might prefer...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 26 November 2018

I went there three times and it's very informative and it's a good place to visit and I definitely recommend it.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

I have lived in Wisconsin many years and had not even heard of this place until I had to spend a night in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Wanted to have something new to do so googled to see what might be close by. This venue in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kenosha_Museums, Social Media Manager at Civil War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to review! We often hear that many of our first time visitors are from Kenosha or the surrounding areas, and we're delighted to become a place you want to bring out-of-town guests, or return with friends and family....More

Reviewed 6 October 2018

Spent about an hour there with two teenagers who had little interest. However, the interactive exhibits kept them engaged. Lots of re-creations and interesting midwestern perspectives. I think without even trying, they learned more than they realized by just seeing the paraphernalia, recreations, and hearing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

The museum really personalizes the events of the civil war. It begins with the lead up to war. There are war reenactments. There are also many animatronic figures which creepy at first but really makes things realistic.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

Amazing museum! So many war scene creations (battlefields, stores, people who tell you their story when you pass them) - complete with music - you almost feel like you are there. Also has the requisite armaments, flags, maps, medical instruments, etc...

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This is probably the best probably museum in town and the only one that has admission fee if you want to see the main exhibit and movie. The main exhibit is most of the museum. It is very well done and d very life like....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

I love looking back at history. The museum had a lot of interesting artifacts. It reminds me how things started for the great place I call home. Now the museum is cold so be sure to bring a sweater and there was a LOT of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

The reason for our trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, was to visit the Civil War Museum. We are Civil War historians and we have heard a lot about this museum ever since it opened in 2008 on Kenosha's scenic lakefront. We have visited many Civil War...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Leticia A
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Response from Kenosha_Museums | Property representative |
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.