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Kenosha History Center

1968 AMC AMX-R – Jeffords AMX – arriving at Kenosha History Center for new AMX exhibit
Peter Pirsch fire truck, Rambler Gallery, Kenosha History Center
one room schoolhouse, Yesteryear Gallery, Kenosha History Center
toy exhibit, Kenosha History Center

Museum on Kenosha’s harbor features the history of Kenosha County, including its early settlement and industrial history, and a gift shop.

These exhibits open November 24, 2017:

  • “AMX: A New and Bold Direction”: The History Center celebrates the Golden Anniversary of Kenosha’s own sports car. (through September 30, 2018)
  • “Wilmot Mountain’s 80th Ski Season”: Wilmot Mountain opened in 1938, Vail Resorts curates an exhibit on the history of the resort. (through March 31, 2018)
  • “Kenosha Ice Harvesting”: For fifty years, frozen water was a booming industry in Kenosha County. (through September 30, 2018)
  • “A Kennedy Era Christmas”: Re-live Christmas from the late 1950s, early 1960s. (through February 2018)

Visit the Yesteryear Gallery – from settlement to 1900 see how Kenosha County developed and grew. See the Upson Oxcart, a Barn Raising & Fanning Mill, Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Depot, General Store, Barbershop, One Room School, and more. Learn about Christopher Latham Sholes and the Bain Wagon Company. The Lyman Gallery in the lobby features various shop fronts, including a Photography Studio, a Millenary, and more.

In the Rambler Legacy Gallery – see how Kenosha’s auto-making legacy shaped history through the 20th Century. Displays on the perimeter of the gallery include replicas of Thomas B Jeffery building, 1896 Fire Station No 4, and a Dentist office from the Willowbrook Sanitarium. The gallery also features a re-creation of the Sterling Bicycle Factory. Also see the permanent exhibit: Kenosha’s "Lost Industries" from 1850s thru 1970s. 

Come see the Miniature Statue of Liberty from Civic Center Park! This statue was erected in 1950 with a ceremony in Civic Center Park. It was a gift to the city by local Boy Scout troops to mark Kenosha’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city. Its home is now inside the Kenosha History Center.

The Kenosha County Historical Society was founded in 1878 to preserve, research and present the cultural heritage of Kenosha County and Southeastern Wisconsin. The Society moved to its present location in 2001; naming its museum the Kenosha History Center. The building was built in 1917.

The museum is always looking for volunteers – to work as docents (interpretive guides), museum greeters, catalogers, archival processors, clerical assistants, and to work on special projects and events.

Visit the archives by appointment. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Free parking.

The Kenosha History Center and the Southport Light Station Museum (open seasonally and by appointment), located on the same grounds, are operated by the Kenosha County Historical Society.

Pricing:

The museum is free; donations are appreciated.

Learn more in this Featured Business article.

The Kenosha County Historical Society, which operates the Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum, is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified. Read about here.

Tu-F 10am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-4pm, Su 12-4pm

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