Homeschool Programs

Civil War Museum

Homeschool Field Trips

The Civil War Museum offers programs for homeschool families that integrate art, history, culture and STEM through hands-on exploration, gallery tours, outdoor investigation and more. Programs are available for homeschool groups as well as individual homeschool families via Homeschool Tuesdays.

Homeschool Programs

Days:  Tuesday – Friday; September to June
Length:  60 minutes
Capacity:  See individual program descriptions for program capacities and formats
Cost:  $9/student

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Homeschool Tuesdays

Length:  60 minutes
Capacity:  20 students
Cost:  $10/student; Adults join students for an interactive family experience. Due to room sizes, only the student and parent will be admitted.


Civil War Innovations (Middle School Level)

October 3, 2023  |  Civil War Museum  |  Register Here

Science and engineering were incredibly important during the Civil War. New weapons were devised that would forever change the way in which wars were fought, and new technologies would forever change the way in which people lived. In this program, students will learn about the innovations and inventions that took place, as well as have an opportunity to design their own solutions to a problem of the time.

National Geographic: Planet or Plastic? (4th Grade Level)

November 14, 2023  |  Kenosha Public Museum  |  Register Here

Visit the Exhibition “Planet or Plastic?” curated with more than 70 profound and inspiring images from National Geographic, which offers solutions and information to mitigate the issue of plastic waste and minimize single-use plastic consumption. In the Museum classroom, explore how the everyday plastics we use affect our world through several scientific activities including testing our knowledge of recycling and plastic decomposition, and an interactive trivia game.

Paper Marbling (all ages)

December 5, 2023  |  Kenosha Public Museum  |  Register Here

Get messy and create beautiful swirls of color on watercolor paper. This unique paper can be used for all sorts of paper goods such as gift tags, cards, or one-of-a-kind handmade books. A demonstration of two different ways of marbling paper will begin the activity and then students will make their own marbled paper using watercolor paint.

Plan Your Visit

Please let us know prior to your visit if you have any special accommodations or needs. Every effort will be made to ensure the trip is successful for everyone.

Elevators, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all three museums.

Kenosha Public Museum: There are uneven floors, some sound, and blinking lights in the galleries.

Dinosaur Discovery Museum: Wheelchair access to the museum is located at the rear of the building.

Civil War Museum: There are uneven floors, talking mannequins, and low-light in the galleries. The museum also features a 360-degree film that utilizes strobe lights, lighting changes, and loud noises to depict a Civil War battle.

Free parking is available. During the field trip reservation process, we will provide you with the location of vehicle and/or bus parking.

All three museums have stores adjacent to the lobby. All students must have an adult present, and the number of people allowed in the store may be limited by museum store staff.

A chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:8 is required. Required chaperones are free. Any additional chaperones must pay $5 for admission. Chaperones are expected to stay with their groups and monitor their behavior while in the museum.

Programs must be scheduled at least three weeks prior to the requested program date. If we are able to accommodate a last-minute program, payment will be due at the time the program is scheduled.

If your group is running late, please call the museum at (262) 653-4140 to let us know. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to adjust the program time, we will do our best to work with you to get the most out of your visit.

Dates and program availability are based on a first-come first-served basis. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to secure your group’s date. Once the deposit is received, a program confirmation and invoice will be sent and your program will be scheduled. If the deposit is not received the date is not reserved.

If payment is not received at the museum upon the date of the program you will incur a $40 late fee. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, or check.

Refunds will be given for cancellations that occur at least a week in advance of the program date. The $50 deposit is non-refundable but can be used to reserve a future date in the same calendar year.

The following rules should be shared with all attendees in your group, including students, children, and adults.

  • No running, shouting, or rough-housing
  • Students/children must stay with adult chaperones at all times
  • No food, gum, or beverages are allowed in exhibits
  • Respect other groups and individuals in the museum
  • Some aspects of our exhibits are “hands-on” but anything can be damaged. Therefore, exercise care in their use and respect museum property

These rules are to keep everyone safe and to allow maximum enjoyment of our programs and facilities for everyone in our building. Kenosha Public Museums reserves the right to expel any person or group behaving in a manner we deem unfit. Persons or groups that are asked to leave may also jeopardize their chances to reserve or attend future visits.

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