Located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Civil War Museum is like no other museum in the country. No current museum explores this war as seen and experienced on the home front nor the connections between the home front and the battle front. Through state-of-the-art museum technology, life-size dioramas, and interactive engaging exhibits, visitors travel back in history to the social, political and economic influences that contributed to the Civil War.
The Dinosaur Discovery Museum features the nation’s largest display of meat-eating theropod dinosaurs and focuses on the evolution of theropods into modern birds. The Museum is also home to the Carthage Institute of Paleontology located on the lower level of the building. The Institute collects and studies dinosaur specimens which are stored at the Museum and displayed for visitors. There is plenty to see and do and school groups are encouraged to book a tour in advance.
Kemper Center is a private, nonprofit organization focusing on preserving the historic nature of their National Register of Historic Places site located along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and offering programs and events that promote an understanding of local history and all arts. It is also home to the Anderson Arts Center, which offers rotating art exhibitions, community performances, workshops and classes, lectures, and special events that promote the arts, arts education, and local history in a historic mansion. Kemper Center's many halls offer a stunning venue for weddings, receptions, conferences, business meetings, luncheons, and special events. This unique complex is situated on the grounds of a 17.5 acre Kenosha County Park, overlooking Lake Michigan and featuring a conference center, historic chapel, Civil War-era mansion, observatory, arboretum, and a fine art gallery.
Kenosha County Historical Society has four exhibit galleries, a gift shop, staff offices, and an Archival facility. The Southport Light Station is composed of the 1866 historic lighthouse and the adjacent 1867 historic Lighthouse Keeper's home. The first floor of the Lighthouse Keeper's home has been restored to a 1908 time period and is used as the Maritime Museum. The Kenosha History Center collects and preserves artifacts, records and information vital to the understanding the history of the County's social, cultural, ethnic, and industrial heritage since its settlement. The Center uses these materials, acting alone or in collaboration with other citizens and organizations, to disseminate knowledge of our collective local history through its museum, historic sites, research and outreach and publication programs for the benefit of the community and its visitors.
Kenosha Public Museums have three locations: The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural sciences and fine and decorative arts museum, the Civil War Museum of the Upper Midwest features life-size dioramas and interactive engaging exhibits about the social, political, and economic influences that contributed to the Civil War, and the The Dinosaur Discovery Museum which is the only museum to exclusively focus on the link between birds and meat-eating dinosaurs it houses the Carthage Institute of Paleontology dedicated to the preparation and conservation of real dinosaur fossils.
The Pleasant Prairie Historical Society was founded in 2010 by local volunteers who were passionate about preserving Pleasant Prairie's past. The Society is collecting artifacts, which will serve to formulate the stories of life in the Prairie. They host several local events each year.
The Society recently renovated the 1927 two-room brick Dublin School, located at 3875 116th Street for the Pleasant Prairie History Museum.