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School Field Trips

Kenosha Public Museum

All Ages

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Kenosha Public Museum Highlights Tour

Capacity:  Up to 75 students, divided into 3 groups

Time: Up to 90 minutes

See everything the Kenosha Public Museum has to offer in this interactive tour. Small groups rotate through Natural Science, Anthropology, History, and Art galleries with inquiry-based learning and touchable tour props to keep your students engaged. A great way to experience the museum, particularly for first-time guests.

Pricing: $5/student for City of Kenosha, $7/student for outside City of Kenosha

PreK-K

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Museum Explorers

Capacity:  Up to 60 students, divided into 3 groups

Time: 45-60 minutes

Location: Multiple galleries and a classroom

We’re going on an adventure! This program begins with a tour followed by a musical performance and animal craft. This program introduces young learners to the fun on display like the Ice Age Mammoth, Animal Habitats from around the world, and immersive Cabinets of Curiosity. After the tour, celebrate an animal through singing, dancing, and a craft.

Pricing: $5/student for City of Kenosha, $7/student for outside City of Kenosha

Grades K-2

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Animal Adaptations

Capacity:  Up to 50 students, divided into 2 groups

Time: 60 minutes

Location:  Ecosystem Gallery and a classroom

Join our educators as we explore the different ecosystems located in Kenosha County and beyond. Through the use of items from our collections, students will learn about how animals adapt to their environments. Solve some scientific mysteries including determining predator or prey animals, and identifying what environment belongs to which animal. Students will have an opportunity to take part in a conservation project that they can take home with them.

Pricing: $5/student for City of Kenosha, $7/student for outside City of Kenosha

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Potawatomi Life

Capacity:  Up to 50 students, divided into 2 groups

Time: 60 minutes

Location: Potawatomi Village Gallery and a classroom

This program will take students on a journey to the 1800s to the present day as we explore what life was like for the Potawatomi in Kenosha County at the time of the fur trade and the current role of the Tribe in the State of Wisconsin.

Pricing: $5/student for City of Kenosha, $7/student for outside City of Kenosha

Grades 3-5

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Anishinaabe

Capacity:  Up to 50 students, divided into 2 groups

Time: 90 minutes

Location: Potawatomi Village Gallery and a classroom

This program will take students on a journey through hundreds of years to the present day as we explore the life of the Anishinaabe (Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Odawa tribes) whose ancestral homeland is the Great Lakes region. Students will have an opportunity to explore the gallery and learn about the connection between the life of the Anishinaabe and the philosophy of the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Using the artwork of Anishinaabe artist, Norval Morrisseau, students will have an opportunity to apply the Seven Grandfather teachings to their own lives.

Pricing: $5/student for City of Kenosha, $7/student for outside City of Kenosha

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Mammoth Mystery

Capacity:  UP to 50 students, divided into 2 groups

Time: 90 minutes

Location: Mammoth Corner Gallery and classroom

Help us solve the mystery of the museum’s Mammoth by untangling a scientific dispute about how old it really is. Some scientists say 1600 BCE while others say it might be older than that! Use the same tools and methodologies archaeologists employ in the field to understand the people of the past right here at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Pricing: $5/student for City of Kenosha, $7/student for outside City of Kenosha

Pricing Information

All programs are $5/student for City of Kenosha, and $7/student for outside the City of Kenosha. Program add-ons, lunch space, and Streetcar are not included in the program fee.

Other subject areas and grade levels may be available; please contact our Education Services Coordinator, Carolina Curi-Bado at [email protected] to make a special request.

Program Add-ons

Add one of the following to any program for an additional $8 per student. Each add-on runs approximately 30-45 minutes. 

Owl Pellet

The Science of Owl Pellets

Capacity:  25 students per session

Is ancient owl vomit the key to understanding human impacts on ecosystems? In this program, we will explore the energy flow between organisms in several ecosystems, as well as learn about the environmental impacts discovered by scientists from studying owl pellets. Students will partake in their own research through the dissection of owl pellets.

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Printmaking Lab

Capacity:  25 students per session

Using Lithography, students will explore the relationship between oil and water in art making. Design a print and make multiples while using materials you might find in your own kitchen rather than the harsh chemicals typically used in this method. It is surprisingly easy and fun!

Additional Amenities

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Lunch Space

With paid program: $1/student

Self-Guided groups: $2/person

Indoor lunch space is available at the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum. With paid programs, the lunch space is $1/student. For self-guided groups, lunch space is available for $2 a person. Reservations are available in 30-minute blocks. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum does not have an indoor lunch space, however, there is a park across the street from the building that may be used for picnics. Please note the museums do not have refrigerators, stoves/ovens, or microwaves available.

Although the museums do not have onsite restaurants or cafes, there are several dining options nearby. Visit www.downtownkenosha.org or www.visitkenosha.com for more information.

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Streetcar

$1 for children 12 and under

$1.50 for 13 and over, including adults, chaperones, and teachers

The City of Kenosha features mid-century Electric Streetcars that ride along the lakefront and connects all three of our museums in a 15-minute loop. The museums can arrange a ride for your group with your program reservation for an additional fee.

Learn more about Kenosha’s Electric Streetcars here.

Plan Your Visit

Please let us know prior to your visit if you have any special accommodations or needs. Every effort will be made to ensure the trip is successful for everyone.

Elevators, noise-canceling headphones, and quiet spaces are available at all three museums.

Kenosha Public Museum: There are uneven floors, some sound, and blinking lights in the galleries.

Dinosaur Discovery Museum: Wheelchair access to the museum is located at the rear of the building.

Civil War Museum: There are uneven floors, talking mannequins, and low-light in the galleries. The museum also features a 360-degree film that utilizes strobe lights, lighting changes, and loud noises to depict a Civil War battle.

Free parking is available. During the field trip reservation process, we will provide you with the location of vehicle and/or bus parking.

All three museums have stores adjacent to the lobby. All students must have an adult present, and the number of people allowed in the store may be limited by museum store staff.

A chaperone-to-student ratio of 1:8 is required. Required chaperones are free. Any additional chaperones must pay $5 for admission. Chaperones are expected to stay with their groups and monitor their behavior while in the museum.

Programs must be scheduled at least three weeks prior to the requested program date. If we are able to accommodate a last-minute program, payment will be due at the time the program is scheduled.

If your group is running late, please call the museum at (262) 653-4140 to let us know. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to adjust the program time, we will do our best to work with you to get the most out of your visit.

Dates and program availability is based on a first-come first-served basis. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to secure your group’s date. Once the deposit is received, a program confirmation and invoice will be sent and your program will be scheduled. If the deposit is not received the date is not reserved.

A non-refundable $50 deposit is due upon your reservation to secure your date. Final headcount and full payment is due two weeks prior to the scheduled program. If payment is not received two weeks prior we reserve the right to cancel the program.

If payment is not received at the museum upon the date of the program you will incur a $40 late fee. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, or check.

Refunds will be given for cancellations that occur at least a week in advance of the program date. The $50 deposit is non-refundable but can be used to reserve a future date in the same calendar year.

The following rules should be shared with all attendees in your group, including students, children, and adults.

  • No running, shouting, or rough-housing
  • Students/children must stay with adult chaperones at all times
  • No food, gum, or beverages are allowed in exhibits
  • Respect other groups and individuals in the museum
  • Some aspects of our exhibits are “hands-on” but anything can be damaged. Therefore, exercise care in their use and respect museum property

These rules are to keep everyone safe and to allow maximum enjoyment of our programs and facilities for everyone in our building. Kenosha Public Museums reserves the right to expel any person or group behaving in a manner we deem unfit. Persons or groups that are asked to leave may also jeopardize their chances to reserve or attend future visits.

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