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Events

Kenosha Public Museum offers many cultural and educational activities throughout the year. Here is the upcoming schedule.

 

Friends of the Museums Fireworks Viewing Party

Thursday, July 4, 2019; 8pm | $35 (adults only) | Register Here by June 30

Watch the spectacular fireworks display from VIP indoor seating on the second floor of the Kenosha Public Museum. Enjoy air conditioning in a bug-free environment! Ticket includes snacks and drinks.

 

TWSA Gallery Talk

Sundays, July 7, 2019; 2pm

Join member artists of the Transparent Watercolor Society for a gallery walk and talk of the exhibit. Each month a new artist will highlight her favorite pieces and provide insights and anecdotes.

July 7: Lenox Wallace

 

Museum Crawl

Friday, July 12, 2019; 6-10pm | Register Today

It’s the 9th annual adults-only progressive party at the Museums!  Sample delicious local food, beer and wine.  View amazing new exhibits.  Listen to live music.  Play crazy games.  Park and check in at the Kenosha Public Museum, then ride the streetcar to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum where the party begins.  Tickets to this popular fundraiser sell out fast.  What are you waiting for?  Register today!

Click here to see which of your favorite restaurant and beverage establishments will be there!

 

The Day We Walked on the Moon

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | Three screenings: 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm

The Smithsonian Channel documentary marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the lunar surface.  Interviews with key figures in Mission Control, astronauts, and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong shine light on the dangers of the mission.  The documentary also features the Lunar Module, Eagle, now housed at the National Air & Space Museum, and interviews with Smithsonian curator Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony.

Museum Tent at the Tall Ships Festival

Friday, August 2, 2019; 10am-5pm
Saturday, August 3, 2019; 10am-5pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019; 10am-4pm
Kenosha Harbor

Stop by the Museum tent for family activities and to participate in a community art project. Paint the harbor, create maritime navigational stick maps, build and test boats, do water science activities.

Be sure to head across the street to the Civil War Museum to see demonstrations and visit with The U.S.S. Minnesota Naval Encampment on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the Tall Ships, visit www.KenoshaTallShips.com.

22nd Annual Pike River Rendezvous

Pike River RendezvousSaturday, August 3, 2019; 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 4, 2019; 11am-4pm
Simmons Island, Kenosha

Step back in time to the Fur Trade Era with over 300 reenactors, craft and trade demonstrations, live entertainment, and games for all ages.

Free parking in Kennedy Park with horse-drawn wagon shuttle.

Museum Munchkins

Musuem Munchkins

Wednesdays; 9:30-10am

Join Museum staff and volunteers for a fun program designed to get you and your preschooler excited about science and the world around them. Each week you’ll explore a new theme with stories, songs, and activities using pieces from our collection. Free admission.

 

Here's the Museum Munchkins Schedule

June 26 – Dogs; July 3 – Triceratops @ DDM; July 10 – Muskrats; July 17 – Pheasants; July 24 – Rabbits; July 31 – Woodpeckers; August 7 – Turtles; August 14 – Butterflies; August 21 – Moths; August 18 – Alligators; September 4 – Great Horned Owls; September 11 – Buffalo; September 18 – Weasels; September 25 – Squirrels; October 2 – T. rex @ DDM; October 9 – Opossums; October 16 – Trilobites; October 23 – Spiders; October 30 – Bats; November 6 – Skunks; November 13 – Cockroaches; November 20 – Therizinosaurus @ DDM; November 27 – Turkeys; December 4 – Penguins; December 11 – Mammoths; December 18 – Narwhals

Basil’s Favorite Things

Second Saturdays, July 13, August 10, 2019; 11am-1pm

Basil the Badger loves two things – the Kenosha Public Museum and a good mystery. He’s combining them so you can learn while having fun at the Museum. On the second Saturday of each month, special hands-on activities will help you discover one of Basil’s favorite things about the Museum. Will it be an artifact? A new exhibit? A painting? Can you figure out Basil’s mystery? Look for clues to figure out Basil’s Favorite Things.

Plus, work with other visitors to create a community display related to Basil’s Favorite Thing. Discover a new favorite every month!

Sunday Curiosity Carts

Every Sunday, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Drop by the Field Station for interactive experiences with Museum education staff! A new activity is chosen each week and can include playing African instruments, making batteries out of lemons and potatoes, learning about animal adaptations through pelts and games, and much more.

 

Spark! at the Civil War Museum

Spark! is a monthly program for individuals in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities. Space is limited, so reservations are required. 262-653-4423 or spark@kenosha.org.

June 21: Natural Dye – Learn how to make natural dyes, then dye silk scarves using plants, tea and vinegar.

July 19: Civil War Writers and Artists – Learn about the artists who fought in the Civil War. Read the poems written by Union soldiers, and create your own.

August 16: Trades Day – Learn about the trades of the 1800s including canning and blacksmithing.