Pages Navigation Menu

Natural History & Fine Arts Museum



First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art

Saturday, October 9  |  1pm – 2pm  |  Presenter: Dr. Dan Hill

What gives some works of art the power to move people, while others are forgotten or overlooked? For the first time ever, researchers have used cutting-edge computer tools – eye tracking and facial coding – to capture and identify viewers’ real-time reactions to 88 famous works of art. Dan Hill, PhD, will show and share how recorded responses to art images, from the Renaissance to the latest contemporary works, give new objective, quantifiable answers to the age-old question: what makes good art?





Hispanic Heritage Month After School Programs

Ages 5-12  |  4pm – 5pm  |  Location: Kenosha Public Museum


Join the Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Public Library for free after school projects celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15).


Friday, September 24:  Alebrijes – Create fantastical animalitos inspired by a Zapotec fold art tradition.  Register Here

Tuesday, September 28:  Out of This World – Have fun with outer space themed STEM activities inspired by the careers of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Spacecraft Engineer Scarlin Hernandez, and Planetary Geologist Adriana Ocampo.  Register Here

Tuesday, October 5:  Picasso Masks – Learn about artist Picasso and make masks in his style.  Register Here

Tuesday, October 12:  Prickly Science – Learn about the science of cacti/succulents and Helia Bravo Hollis.  Register Here



Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, October 23  |  1pm – 4pm  |  Free family fun

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the museum. Learn about traditions surrounding the holiday, make ofrendas (offering or altar), play Mexican games, and create paper crafts for celebrating at home. The event features educational displays by Bradford High School students.






Louis V Clark III

Monday, November 1  |  6pm – 7pm

Join the museum in welcoming back Oneida author Louis V Clark III as he presents his book, Rebel Poet, his follow-up to How to be an Indian in the 21st Century, as he reads humorous stories and poems followed by Q&A and a book signing.





Native American Artist Market

Saturday, November 6  |  1pm – 4pm

Visit with and purchase art from Tribal artisans. The Artist Market is part of a month long celebration of Native American Heritage Month, which honors the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of Native people.





Journey From Spirit Mountain with Preston Arrow-weed

Monday, November 15  |  6pm – 7pm

Join the museum as filmmaker Preston Arrow-weed presents his film “Journey From Spirit Mountain,” and discusses the current threats to the Quechan cultural landscape.

Preston J. Arrow-weed is an educator, environmentalist, actor, playwright and singer with a deep and comprehensive understanding of tribal songs, history, and ceremony. A member of the Quechan Tribe of California, he is one of only a few who know the sacred songs celebrating the rites of passage from birth to death.




Native American Heritage Month After School Programs

Ages 5-12  |  4pm – 5pm  |  Location: Kenosha Public Museum


Join the Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Public Library for free after school projects celebrating Native American Heritage Month (November 1-30, 2021).



Wednesday, November 10:  Ocean Sensory Bottles and Waves – Learn about Native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, who popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing.

Wednesday, November 17:  Incan Engineering – Explore Sacsayhuaman, a stacked stone complex built by the Incan in the 15th Century.



Museum Munchkins

Wednesdays  |  9:30am – 10am  |  Location: Outside KPM (in case of inclement weather, we will move inside the museum)

Get your preschooler excited about science and the world around them through stories, songs and activities using pieces from the museum collection.



AUGUST:  4 – Quokkas;  11 – Rhinoceros;  18 – Sea Turtles;  25 – Pike

SEPTEMBER:  1 – Potoos;  8 – Raccoons;  15 – Giraffes;  22 – Hissing Cockroaches;  29 – Tigers

OCTOBER:  6 – Ravens;  13 – Cryolophosaurus;  20 – Bats;  27 – Spiders

NOVEMBER:  3 – Beavers;  10 – Anaconda;  17 – White Tail Deer;  24 – Turkeys

DECEMBER:  1 – Walrus;  8 – Penguins;  15 – Wolves;  22 – Caribou;  29 – Polar Bears



I’ve Heard of Her Programs

Once a month museum staff lead a discussion on remarkable women, exploring their lives and roles in history – the good, the bad, and the in between.



Thursday, September 16 |  Noon  |  Presenter: Samantha Machalik

It’s commonly said that Cleopatra was the beautiful lover of two of the most powerful men of the time, and that she killed herself using a snake.  But is it all true? Learn what her life was like before Julius Caesar came to Alexandria in 48 BCE, and if she really married her brother, as we sort the myth from the truth.


Harriet Tubman

Thursday, October 21  |  Noon  |  Presenter: Samantha Machalik

Learn about what life was like for Harriet Tubman before she escaped enslavement, and what the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad did after the Civil War.


Click here to watch past I’ve Heard of Her programs on YouTube




This monthly program is for individuals living with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling and other multi-sensory activities.

Please register for the free program at [email protected] or 262-653-4141.

2pm – 3:30pm  |  Location: Civil War Museum  |  Free but registration required at [email protected] or 262-653-4141

Friday, September 17:  Civil War Museum’s Resource Center  –  Try on Civil War uniforms and clothing, play 19th Century games, and having your likeness made.

Friday, October 15:  Historic Kenosha  –  Learn about the 19th Century history of the City of Kenosha through the use of maps, letters, newspaper articles, and museum artifacts.

Friday, November 19:  Coffee and the Civil War  –  Coffee increased morale of Civil War soldiers, provided comfort before a battle, and gave fortitude to continue marching. Sample some coffee as we discuss the many varieties of coffee consumed during the war.