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The history, the people and the stories of the Upper Midwest

Welcome to the Civil War Museum


The Civil War Museum is like no other Civil War museum in the country. The Museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the seven states of the upper middle west: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. These seven states sent over one million men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the northern states to carry on the war. Through the use of personal stories and narratives, the Museum also explores how the Civil War impacted the people on the Western home front before, during, and after the war by connecting the prewar causes to the postwar effects.


Take Note

The museum will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 31


COVID-19 Updates

For the safety of all visitors and staff, the following changes and policies are in place until further notice:

Temporary Hours:  10am-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday;  Closed Sunday-Monday; See above for any special changes to hours.

* A mask or other PPE is REQUIRED and must cover your mouth and nose
* Visitors are asked to sign in with your name and contact information
* Please practice social distancing at all times, staying 6 feet apart
* Visitors who feel ill or have a fever higher than 100.4 are asked to visit at a later date

The museum is operating at 25% of building capacity, and there may be a wait to get in
Your patience is appreciated

Some interactive exhibits and elements including the Resource Center are temporarily closed

For more information about additional measures being taken to keep the building clean and as safe as possible, please click here



Although the museum buildings are open, we continue to bring the museum experience to your home.  Click on the links below for live presentations, virtual tours, activities and more.  Be sure to like us on Facebook for the most up to date information.


Virtual Civil War Themed Lectures – View prerecorded or live-streamed lectures.

I’ve Heard of Her – Monthly virtual lecture series held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.


Exhibits & Collections

Tidbit Tours – Join curator Doug Dammann behind the scenes for an up close look and interesting history of the museum’s collection.

Virtual Exhibit – Take a look at the museums’ virtually housed exhibits including art, fossils, artifacts and more.


Kids Activities

Activity Boxes – Take home box themes include animals, art, dinosaurs, Civil War science and Wizard science.

Kids Activity Page – Art, science, recipes, and history projects for all ages. 

Museum Munchkins Videos – Watch on Facebook every Wednesday starting at 9:30am.  Click here for the schedule.


Additional Teacher Resources

School Group & Teacher Resources – View information about virtual field trips.




The Civil War Museum | 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin | 262-653-4141


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