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The history, the people and the stories of the Upper Midwest

Welcome to the Civil War Museum

The Civil War Museum is like no other Civil War museum in the country. The museum focuses on the Civil War from the perspective of the people of the six states of the upper middle west: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These six states sent over 750,000 men to serve in the Union army while providing much of the food and raw materials necessary for the northern states to carry on the war. Through the use of personal stories and narratives, the Museum also explores how the Civil War impacted the people on the Western home front before, during, and after the war by connecting the prewar causes to the postwar effects. | Plan your visit >>

 

Make a Note!

Filming Seeing the ElephantHave you heard? “Seeing the Elephant” received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History!
Awards of Merit are presented for excellence in history programs, projects, and people when compared with similar activities nationwide.
The movie is “as close as one can get to experiencing the events of history at a museum,” said the Association.

 

 

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Seeing the Elephant - A 360° movie experience

STE FB2Seeing the Elephant was the term Civil War soldiers used to say they saw battle. An award-winning, high-tech digital movie experience in The Fiery Trial allows visitors a glimpse at “the Elephant.” One of just a handful of venues nationwide using 360° movie technology, the Civil War Museum movie focuses on personal experiences and accounts of citizen soldiers. Seeing the Elephant movie trailer and more >>

 

 

 

Permanent Exhibit

Fiery Trial Exhibit - Going Away PanoramaThe Fiery Trial exhibit tells the stories of those whose lives were changed by the Civil War and how those people shaped the course of American history. This gallery showcases significant Civil War artifacts important to the regional and national Civil War story using life-scale, interactive exhibits, and audio and video technology. | More about exhibits >>

Location and Hours

The Civil War Museum | 5400 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin | 262-653-4141 | Find our Visitors Guide here.
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm

Donate

Be a part of a vibrant future and the continued educational and cultural enrichment of our community by supporting the Civil War Museum. Read more>>

Facility Rental colhead-facilityrental

The Civil War Museum offers a lovely setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, meetings and family parties. Enjoy scenic lake views and comfortable surroundings. Read more >>

Become a Member colhead-membership

The Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums supports free family programs, fascinating exhibits, special events, fundraisers, and more. Read more >>