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.
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.