The Kenosha Public Museum combines both the early and natural history of Kenosha with a creative arts museum. Thus, the museum easily intrigues visitors with a variety of interests. Located near the waterfront and adjacent to The Civil Museum, Kenosha Public Museum is an easy addition to any Kenosha trip.
The Wisconsin Story
The first floor of the museum includes natural specimens and exhibits about Wisconsin's Native American inhabitants. We found the first floor to be quite intriguing and spent quite a bit of time studying these exhibits. This portion of the museum weaved us through time and illustrated the changing Wisconsin landscape of Wisconsin throughout time. Fossils included in the exhibit are pretty interesting and add tangible evidence of the changes.
|Examples of some of the fossils illustrating one of the changing landscapes of Wisconsin.|
|A replica of the Hebior mammoth excavated near Kenosha, WI.|
|Hands-on learning exploring the differences between mastodon, mammoth and elephant teeth!|
|The seasons in a Potawatomi Village.|
|Who lives under there?|
|How to build a canoe!|
The second floor of the museum treated us to an exploration of art. Through February 26, 2017, the museum plays host to a fascinating exhibit exploring the history and evolution of the guitar. The exhibit contains many rare, vintage and unique guitars and even ukuleles, mandolins and more. We enjoyed the spacious, free flow design of the exhibit that truly encourages investigation.
|An adventure the string instruments.|
|Fantastic paintings by Tom Noll take us down memory lane!|
|Studying Les Paul's experimentation with sound.|
Bending the Lines: Women of Cartooning
The Women of Cartooning exhibit particularly resonated with my daughter. In fact, I was quite surprised by how much she was interested! The exhibit structure invites curiosity and the spacious design permits guests to linger without feeling crowded.
I think each of us found some interesting cartoons in this exhibit! Plus, I learned about cartoons I had no idea were illustrated by females!
If you are interested in cartooning, the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning is this weekend September 16-17, 2016. Cartoonists will give presentations and be available to sign books.
This particular exhibit is open through October 2, 2016.
The Kenosha Public Museum provided us with another memorable family adventure in Kenosha! A wonderful place to visit on your Kenosha trip and definitely one to keep on your list for inspiration to leave the house in the winter!
Things to know:
- The Kenosha Public Museum does have a sizable kids exploration area with various media for exploring natural history.
- Other art in the museum includes "windows" on some notable artists. Guests peek into scenes showing the artist creating and some of their famous works.
- There is a nice gift shop which does have some jewelry made in the U.S.A. and beautiful
**Thank you to Visit Kenosha for hosting our visit!