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Special Events

Special Events

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Saturday, September 23  |  11:00am – 3:00pm  |  Free

Join us for a celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage month with music, food, cultural games, and activities. More information coming soon.  

Holiday Train Display

Tuesday, November 22, 2023 – Sunday, January 7, 2024

The Holiday Train returns to the Kenosha Public Museum lobby! Visit during regular museum hours to enjoy this festive display of model trains and holiday houses.

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African American Read-In: Honoring Harry Belafonte

Saturday, February 3  |  1:00pm – 3:00pm  |  Free

This historic program celebrates Black voices through poems, essays, short stories, and children’s books by African American authors. Volunteer readers of all ages select and lend their voices to works that inspire, challenge, and reflect upon the Black experience in the United States. This year we honor the memory and impact of Harry Belafonte who devoted his life to the civil rights movement. He used his talented voice to not only popularize calypso music but call for justice and equality for Black people.

2024 is the 35th year of the National African American Read-In, an event sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and its Black Caucus. Each year communities across the country are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

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Women in STEM

Saturday, March 23  |  1:00pm – 4:00pm  |  Free

Bring the whole family and join the Kenosha Public Museum in celebrating Women in STEM! Meet real scientists from a variety of fields and participate in experiments and hands-on experiences with them. Then explore our hall of scientists and learn about some of the incredible scientific discoveries that have been made by women throughout history–from discovering the crater of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs to figuring out how to send humans into space, from uncovering the structure of DNA to building the foundation of quantum physics upon which Einstein built his theories! Finally, put your own scientific skills to the test as you experiment in our family friendly science lab.

Featured guests for the event:

  • Katie Karow, Kenosha Water Utility
  • Jessica Orlofske, Xerces Society
  • Maisie Buntin, Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Megan Seitz, Carthage Institute of Paleontology
  • Viji Ramasamy and Reeja Kurian, UW-Parkside Girls Who Code
  • Laura Schulz, UW-Parkside
Museum Store Members Only Sale

Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26

Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Friends of the Museum members get 20% off in addition to the 10% member discount for a total of 30% off all purchases*.

*Excludes consignments, books, and media

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Eco-Science Festival

April 2024

Join the Kenosha Public Museum in celebrating Earth Day with sustainability-themed information booths, activities, and crafts for all ages. There is no cost to participate or pre-registration required.

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Archaeology Day Expo

***Canceled for 2023***

Join the Kenosha Public Museum for a fun-filled, educational day as we celebrate Wisconsin’s past at the Archaeology Day Expo! There will be lectures, information booths, demonstrations, a poster show, and a kid’s area where you can try your hand at archaeology through activities and crafts.

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Museum Crawl

Save the date! Friday, July 12, 2024

Join us for Kenosha’s favorite fundraising museum party! Make your way through our three museum stops, sampling delicious food and beer from local restaurants and breweries, while enjoying live music and playing crazy games we’d never usually allow indoors. Must be 21+ to attend. Look for details next Spring.

International Holiday: A Cultural Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 2  |  10:00am – 3:00pm  |  Free

Celebrate the holidays with an international twist, by eating, shopping, and celebrating your way around the world while supporting local crafters and cultural organizations. Enjoy festive musical performances, a hot cocoa and toppings bar, and family activities throughout the afternoon. 

Vendor Lineup:

  • Anne Barnes; Holiday wreaths and decor
  • Board and Bucket; Holiday crafts and decor
  • Eco-Justice Center of Racine; Alpaca fiber products, local honey, jelly, knitted hats and scarves, and other assorted craft goods
  • EKD Designs; Vintage stamp jewelry
  • JAM Art LLC; Whimsical Kenosha beach glass art
  • Licha’s Kitchen; Mexican Gorditas, stuffed with meats, and canned sodas
  • MGV Men’s Harmonia; German food and crafts
  • Millie Bo Peep; Children’s gift items
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes; Mini bundt cakes
  • Olana’s Empanadas; Baked empanadas, various fair trade items made in Peru
  • RoGam Mexican Styles; Mexican artisanal clothing, jewelry, hats and more
  • St. Nicholas Orthodox Church; Baked goods, handmade crafts
  • Sunshine Cards; Handmade holiday cards
  • The Cookie Lady; Scottish scones and decorative shortbread cookies
  • Ugandan Missions; crafts
  • Zaytuna’s Kitchen; Middle-Eastern pastries and hot food


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