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

Welcome to the Civil War Museum

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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.

 

The Museum is Open!

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

Temporary Hours:  10am-4:30pm Monday-Friday;  Closed Saturday-Sunday

* 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

 

MUSEUM FROM HOME

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.

Lectures

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

Summer Camp in a Box – Everything you need for summer camp at home. Themes include animals, art, dinosaurs and Civil War science.

Kids Activity Page – Art, science, recipes, and history projects for all ages.  New activities added weekly.

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

 

Additional Teacher Resources

School Group & Teacher Resources – View information about learning labs and experiences.

Contact the Education Services Coordinator for virtual learning experiences.

 

 

Location and Hours

The Civil War Museum | 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin | 262-653-4141 | Find our Visitors Guide here.
Temporary Hours:  Monday – Friday 10am – 4:30pm;  Closed Saturday-Sunday;  Closed Holidays

 

Group Visits

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