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Kenosha Public Museums offer many cultural and educational activities throughout the year. Here is the upcoming schedule.

Museum Munchkins

Musuem MunchkinsWednesdays; 9:30-10am

Join Museum staff and volunteers for a fun program designed to get you and your preschooler excited about science and the world around them. Each week you’ll explore a new theme with stories, songs, and activities using pieces from our collection. Free admission.


Here's the Museum Munchkins Schedule

June 29 – Sea Stars /


STEAM CAFEThird Thursday of each month; Noon-1pm

Every month professionals and educators offer free presentations focusing on topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Feel free to bring a lunch. Snacks are available in the gift shop.



Here are the upcoming STEAM Cafe! dates and topics

July 21 – Coastal and Watershed Restoration: What Is It Worth to You?

Todd Brennan, watershed project manager for the Alliance for the Great Lakes and Dave Giordano, executive director for the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, discuss why we prioritize coastal restoration. Mr. Brennan will focus on efforts in Racine and Kenosha that are building a culture of clean water, while Mr. Giordano will take us on a virtual tour of the watershed restoration plan being implemented on the Pike River. This plan was the first EPA approved watershed plan in Wisconsin. Attendees will walk away knowing why and where work is being prioritized and how they can support this type of restoration.

August 18 – Waste Not

Melissa Arnot, Kenosha Water Utility, director of operations, and Katie Karow, Kenosha Water Utility, director of wastewater treatment ,introduce the Kenosha Water Utility’s new energy optimization program and how it is turning your waste back into energy.

Imagination Studio

Imagination StudioSaturdays – July 9, August 13, 2016; 11am-2pm

Do you like to draw, paint and sculpt? Be creative in our young artists studio. All the supplies and inspiration you’ll need to have fun and be creative will be supplied free of charge. We’ll even clean up when you are done!



Museum Crawl

Museum CrawlFriday, July 8, 2016; 6pm-10pm
$40 ($30 FOM) for adults 21 and over | Register Here

The 6th Annual Museum Crawl is a progressive party at all three museums – for adults only! Sample delicious treats and brews from local restaurants and breweries. Explore cool exhibits at three unique museums, enjoy snappy tunes from live musicians, and let loose with silly games. Plus check out the gift shops and take advantage of photo opportunities.  Here are the details.


Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

Thursday-Saturday, September 15-17, 2016

Nationally and internationally-known cartoonists share their stories, conduct workshops, and meet fans of the funny pages and other forms of cartooning through gallery shows of original cartoon art, outreach to local schools, presentations, panel discussions, receptions, and a charity auction. All events are free.
2016 guest speakers include: Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize winner, Washington Post editorial cartoonist; Jen Sorensen, editorial cartoonist; Wiley Miller, “Non Sequitur”; John Hambrock, “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee”; Rob Harrell, graphic novels- Adam @ Home, Life of Zarf, Monster on the Hill; Eddie Pittman, “Phineas & Ferb”, “Reds Planet”
For more information, visit the festival website at

Transparent Watercolor Society of America Gallery Talks

transparent watercolor society of americaSunday, July 17, 2016; 2pm

Join members of the TWSA on a guided talk through the 2016 Transparent Watercolor Society of America national exhibition.



Gateway Rose Society Annual Rose Show

Gateway Rose ShowSaturday, June 25, 2016; 12:30-4pm

Hundreds of roses and arrangements will be on display. All are welcome to register roses from 7-9:30am at the Museum. For more information contact



52nd Annual Friends of the Museums Art Fair

Art FairSunday, July 17, 2016; 10am-4pm

The Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums present the annual fine art fair at the museums lakefront campus, 56th Street and Second Avenue. Artists will have outdoor booths and spaces inside the Kenosha Public Museum. Plus enjoy food and music outside, and the KUSD summer art show and live music inside the Civil War Museum. Kids, stop by the Museums’ Art Tent to make a paper bead necklace, a tie-dyed bandana, and paint on an easel.

Artists, here is the 2016 Exhibitor Application.

19th Annual Pike River Rendezvous

Pike River RendezvousSaturday, August 6, 2016; 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 7, 2016; 9am-4pm

Step back in time to the fur trade era when Native Americans and fur traders gathered to exchange goods and services. With more than 300 reenactors, craft and trade demonstrations, musical entertainment, and juggling there is always something going on. Games, activities, and entertainment for all ages. Located on Simmons Island. Free parking in Kennedy Park with free horse-drawn wagon shuttle.

Watercolors with Joe Fettingis

Watercolors with Joe FettingisFriday and Saturday, September 30-October 1, 2016; 9:30am-4pm
$165 ($135 FOM) | Register Here

“How to improve your Watercolor.” The primary goal in teaching watercolors is for each student to leave the workshop understanding the why and the how of painting watercolors. Each session will be devoted to understanding how to control moisture and mixing color and more in an easy way. Students get photos and drawings to transfer if they wish. This workshop is for people who have painted before and have some skills in watercolors. Visit to learn more about Joe Fettinigis and for the workshop materials list.

Peter Bianchi Artist Studio

Schedule is subject to change.

2710am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics
510:30am-1:30pmMarie JohnstonBasketry
910am-4pmDan SimoneauAcrylics
1110am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics
1310:30am-12:30pmWendy NiemannMixed Media
2510am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics
210:30am-1:30pmMarie JohnstonBasketry
810am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics
1010:30am-12:30pmWendy NiemannMixed Media
2210am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics