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

Adult Group Tours

Tours at the Civil War Museum

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When you visit, consider a ride on Kenosha’s authentic electric streetcar system. The streetcar stops right next to the Museum!

Bring history alive with a visit to the Civil War Museum.

The Civil War Museum

  • focuses on the role of six Upper Middle West states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan)
  • tells the personal stories of men, women, and children

before, during, and after the Civil War.

The Museum has multiple exhibit and gallery spaces, an outdoor terrace with stunning views of Lake Michigan, a gift shop, and free on-site parking.

Reservations are required for groups of more than nine people. You can also book a Theatre Program performance for your group. Group leaders and bus drivers receive complimentary admission.
For group rates and booking information, contact the group tour coordinator at 262-653-4433. 

For Museum hours and driving directions, see our Visitors Guide page.

Our Exhibits

Civil War Museum exhibit CWM tour begins Civil War Museum train

The main exhibit, The Fiery Trial, is a 15,000 square feet permanent exhibition. It showcases significant Civil War artifacts important to the regional and national Civil War story using life-scale, interactive exhibits and audio and video technology. Guided and self-guided tours of the exhibit are available.

Reflecting on the theme, “Solidarity of Soldiers,” the Veterans Memorial Gallery features a scene of Civil War soldiers huddled around a campfire under a twilight sky. Surrounding them are life-size soldiers from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts. Around the gallery are displays of artifacts and memorabilia from each war.

Our Location


The Civil War Museum is located in beautiful downtown Kenosha. Experiencing our historic downtown neighborhood is just one of the many perks of visiting the Kenosha Public Museum. Located along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, downtown Kenosha is a vibrant neighborhood with shopping, dining, parks, and cultural opportunitiesHere is more information on the happenings, area attractions, and recreational activities in our neighborhood.