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Celebrating the Past - Transforming the Future


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

9/28 Sunfish; 10/5* Pelican; 10/12 Capuchin Monkey; 10/19 Beaver; 10/26 Bison; 11/2* Tiger; 11/9 Loon; 11/16 Coral; 11/23 Turkey; 11/30 Brown Bear; 12/7* Lion; 12/14 Hawk; 12/21 Swordfish; 12/28 Shadow puppets;

* KinderMusic with Emilie will provide music during these Museum Munchkin dates.

Open Mics

Saturdays, October 8, November 12, December 10, 2016; January 14, February 11, 2017; 11am-1pm

Grab your guitar and take your turn on stage, or sit back and enjoy the performances of a variety of musicians. All skill levels welcome. Be sure to also check out the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars.


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

October 20 – What’s All the Buzz About?

Vicki Johnson-Steger explores the fascinating world of bees and why their survival is so important to us. Bees are a crucial insect and they are disappearing. Learn about the art, science, and history of beekeeping and why it is still essential to us today.

November 17 – Split Decision: A Discussion of Nuclear Fission

Keith Hand explains how engineers safely harness the power of nuclear fission to provide electrical energy to consumers. This program includes the basics of nuclear power generation, an open forum with an electrical engineer, and provides participants hands-on experiences.

December 15 – Making Merry Music: Reuther High School Guitar Ensemble

Under the direction of Peter Rallo, Reuther High School students perform seasonal favorites. Through direct instruction and self exploration students enhance their skills as well as expand their knowledge of music.

Imagination Studio

Imagination StudioSaturdays – October 18, November 26, 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 are supplied free of charge. We’ll even clean up when you are done!

Imagination Studio topics include: August 13 – Cartooning; September 10 – Guitars; October 8 – Leaf Art; November 26 – Body Art


Create Your Own Album Cover

Now through February 26, 2017 | Location: Museum’s Field Station

Visit the Center Stage: A Century of Guitars exhibit, then create your own album cover to take home.


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.

Civil War Science

Saturday, October 22, 2016; 2pm-3:30pm | Location: Civil War Museum

The Civil War brought on new cool science innovations and inventions that changed the course of the war – and of history. Families work together to explore how science and history connect. Hands-on activities include flying hot air balloons, studying submarines, and seeing how to fire a cannon. Free for all families.

Rockin’ Boofest

Saturday, October 29, 2016; 1pm-4pm

boofestShow off your costume as you rock and stroll through the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars; brew up some Love Potion #9 in the Mad Scientist’s Lab; break out your killer dance moves at the Monster Mash; or express your style with some gnarly Punk’n Painting.

Then head over to the Civil War Museum to make your own Spooky Story; stitch together a Presidential Zombie; or take a Lantern Tour through the Fiery Trial.

At the Dinosaur Discovery Museum you can explore the spine-tingling Boneyard and search for creepy crawlies in the Haunted Dino Dig. Don’t forget to boogie through the trick or treat stops at all three locations, and take a photo with the Franken-Frame and funky props!

Kenosha Public Museum Activities:

Mad Scientist Lab
Punk’n Painting
Monster Mash
DIY Trick or Treat Bag

Civil War Museum Activities:

Lantern Tours on the hour starting at 1pm
Presidential Zombie
Story Time for young kids every hour starting at 1:30pmCreate your own Spooky Story

Dinosaur Discovery Museum Activities:

Haunted Dino Digs

Harry Potterpalooza

KPM_PotterpaloozaSaturday, November 12, 2016; 5:30pm-8pm | Register Here
$15 ($10 FOM) per family. One adult required to register with every 1-3 children.

Step into a magical world, where reality meets fantasy in a night that’s pulled directly from the pages of your favorite books. Try your hand at Potions or Transfiguration, visit our DIY-agonally to make your own wand, owl and more, play magical games in the Great Hall, and Hunt for Horcruxes in the Exhibits. Then peruse the wares of Hogsmeade and purchase some delicious Butterbeer, hot dogs, popcorn, and more.

As you cross through Platform 9 3/4 you’ll be sorted into one of our unique Museum Houses, earning points as you participate in activities throughout the evening. You can also earn House points by bringing gently used clothing and books to our “Free Dobby” drive, benefiting local families in need. Stay until the end to find out who wins the House up, and the bragging rights to go with it!


Friday, November 18, 2016 and January 20, 2017; 2pm-3:30pm

The Museum is pleased to introduce Spark! a free program designed for individuals living with early to mid stages of dementia, their care givers, and family members. Specially trained Museum educators engage participants in lively discussions, story telling, object handling, interactive exhibit experiences, and other multi-sensory activities. Special needs are accommodated in a safe and comfortable environment. Additional program dates include November 18 and January 20.

The programs are free, but registration is limited and required. Please contact Carolyn or Jenn at 262-653-4141 or for more information or to register.

Trolley in Concert

trolley concertSaturday, November 19, 2016; 4pm-6pm

Rock out to the sounds of the popular family-friendly Milwaukee-area band as the museum celebrates the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars.



80th Annual Travel Adventure Series

Fridays at 7pm. Doors open at 6:15pm | Reuther High School Auditorium, 913 57th Street, Kenosha | Register Here
Adults $5 / Season Pass $25 ($20 Seniors and FOM). Kids 15 and under are free

During the 80th Annual Travel Adventure Series, seven professional filmmakers share their travel experiences through movies and interactive discussions. General admission for each film is $5. Purchase a season pass and save! The cost is just $25 for all seven films ($20 for seniors and FOM members).

Here are details about each movie.

September 9: A World of Travel
October 14: Windmills, Tulips and a Christmas Cruise
November 11: Mongolia: The Land of Genghis Khan
January 20: Mediterranean Dream
February 17: Our National Parks: Sunrise to Sunset
March 10: Ghosts of the Gold Rush
April 7: East African Safari

For individual film tickets, please call the Museum at 262-653-4140. Tickets are also available at the door.

Peter Bianchi Artist Studio

Schedule is subject to change.

210:30am-1:30pmMarie JohnstonBasketry
810am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics
1010:30am-12:30pmWendy NiemannMixed Media
2210am-2pmDave WatlingAcrylics