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Natural History & Fine Arts Museum

Permanent Exhibits

The Wisconsin Story

Hebior MammothThe Wisconsin Story is an exciting multi-disciplinary adventure!

Visitors experience the

change in climate 
development of a variety of ecosystems 
evolution of plants and animals
the lives of Native Americans

as it happened in our area over hundreds of thousands of years.* 

Highlights of the exhibits include:

coral reefs and primitive monsters of the deep
the Ice Age and the eventual melting of glaciers
Schaefer mammoth dig
Hebior mammoth replica
Native Americans of Wisconsin story

The Schaefer mammoth, excavated by the Museum, is significant. It documents the earliest interaction of mammoth and man east of the Mississippi River. A Schaefer mammoth replica is set in a special floor display exactly as found on the Schaefer farm in Paris, Wisconsin. Further research on the Schaefer mammoth bones tells us that this site is one of the oldest sites of human habitation in all of the Americas.

The Hebior mammoth was excavated in Kenosha County, Wisconsin and is the largest, most complete mammoth excavated in North America. A life-size replica of the Hebior mammoth was purchased by the Friends of the Museums for this exhibit.

*The exhibit corresponds to school curriculum needs.

Decorative and Fine Arts Gallery

The Kenosha Public Museum has an exceptional fine and decorative arts collection. The Museum collection boasts works by renowned artists like Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Salvador Dali as well as regional artists who have achieved significant recognition such as Lorado Taft, Ruth Miles, and William Bloom. The decorative arts are well represented with Chinese ivory carvings, an ancient Chinese bronze goddess, and Wisconsin salt glazed pottery.

The works in this gallery change frequently–be sure to visit often.

Treasures Galleries

(First and Second Floors)

A rest and study area is centrally located on each floor. This is an area where smaller collections are displayed on a long-term, temporary basis. These changing areas feature collections installed in an “intensive study” fashion.