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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.


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Although the museum buildings are closed, 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.

Dino Facts With Mr. Nick – Curator Nick Wiersum gives cool facts about the dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Discovery Museum.


Kids Activities

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.

Summer Camp in a Box – Enjoy summer camp activities at home.  Camps in a Box available for Archaeology, Art, Ecology, Fossils.


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 museum will be closed until further notice.

The Civil War Museum | 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin | 262-653-4141 | Find our Visitors Guide here.
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm; Closed Holidays


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