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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

1/18 – Squirrel; 1/25 – Polar Bear; 2/1 – Porcupine (Kindermusik); 2/8 – Triceratops @ Dinosaur Discovery Museum; 2/15 – Fox; 2/22 – Warthog; 3/1 – Wolverine; 3/8 – Armadillo; 3/15 -Harbor Seal; 3/22 – Raccoon; 3/29 – Sloth Bear; 4/5 – Wolf; 4/12 – Pachycephalosaurus; 4/19 – Ocelot; 4/26 – Brown Bear; 5/3 – Tiger; 5/10 – Skunk; 5/17 – Dik-dik; 5/24 – Badger; 5/31 – T-Rex @ DDM

Open Mics

Saturday, 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

February 16 – Noon-1pm

Classical Guitar Music through the Centuries – University of Wisconsin associate lecturer George Lindquist presents a program and performance of classical guitars and music from the last 400 years. Be sure to also check out the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars.

Classical Guitar Music program sponsored by Dickow Cyzak Tile Company.


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.

Imagination Studio

Imagination StudioSaturdays:  February 11, March 11, 2017; 11am-2pm

Do you like to draw, paint, and sculpt? Be creative at 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!
February 11 – Community Tapestry
March 11 – Still Life



Friday, 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.

Monster Movie Marathon

movie marathonSaturday, January 21, 2017; Noon-4pm

Teenagers From Outer Space! The Giant Gila Monster! And more! Catch the great drive-in movies in the warmth of the Museum. Then be sure to check out the exhibit, Monsters, Mutants & Madmen! Science Fiction Movie Posters of the Drive-In Era.



2017 African American Read-In

read inSaturday, February 4, 2016; 1pm

Adult and youth readers from our community lend their voices to poetry, essays, short stories, and children’s books by African American authors.

Chicago storyteller Shanta will present her “Stories & Songs of African People” performance. The performance features stories, poetry, chants, and the spellbinding sound of African instruments. Refreshments will follow the program.

The “National African American Read-In” is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and its Black Caucus. Communities across the country are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Shanta’s performance is made possible by the Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha Public Library, and the American Association of University Women – Kenosha Branch.


Family Game Day

family game daySunday, February 5, 2016; 1pm-3pm

The Museum will be turned into a game room for one day only. Join in on the family fun and search for clues in the exhibits; test your knowledge at nature trivia; and play a game of Jurassic Twister. Games are open to the public, but designed for ages 5 to 12 years old.


Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar

primal twangSaturday, February 11, 2016; 2pm-4pm

Take a theatrical journey through the 3,500 year history of the guitar. The film features performances from live concerts by guitarists including Dan Crary, Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Mason Williams, Andrew York, Raul Malo, Doc Watson, and more.

Be sure to also check out the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars.


Program sponsored by Dickow Cyzak Tile Company.


Classical Guitar through the Centuries

classical guitarThursday, February 16, 2017; Noon

University of Wisconsin associate lecturer George Lindquist presents a program of classical guitar music from the last 400 years. Part of the program will be played on replicas of early guitars – the Vihuela, the Baroque guitar, and the early Classical (Romantic) guitar.

Be sure to also check out the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars.


Program sponsored by Dickow Cyzak Tile Company.


Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Reception

kenosha symphony receptionSaturday, February 25, 2017; 3pm-5pm

The February 25 Kenosha Symphony Orchestra concert will feature one of the world’s leading flamenco guitarists, David Maldonado. The Museum is pleased to host a reception to meet Mr. Maldonado who will talk about his history performing classical and flamenco guitar music. Refreshments will be served.

Be sure to also check out the exhibit, Center Stage: A Century of Guitars.

Program sponsored by Dickow Cyzak Tile Company.


Women in Science

women in scienceSaturday, March 4, 2017; Noon-4pm

Do you have a budding scientist at home? Interested in learning more about a variety of scientific fields? Join the Museum for a celebration of Women in Science! Scientists from a wide array of occupations will be discussing their work, research, and stories of how they became scientists through activities and experiments for the whole family.


2017 Southport Quilters Guild Annual Members Show

quilters guild logoMarch 4-22, 2017

“Quilt Party: Celebrating 15 Years Together”
Many quilts are created in celebration of births, weddings, and birthdays. Creating quilts is often a social event with quilters coming together to cut and stitch. The 2017 Southport Quilters Guild celebrates many occasions in addition to 15 years of the Guild and the Kenosha Public Museum working together to celebrate the art of quilting. This year’s show also features the 10th annual quilt challenge. Each quilter is challenged to create a 20-inch x 20-inch quilt based on the theme “When I was 10.” Quilters will be demonstrating their skills during the run of the show. Stop by and see them at work and learn how they turn fabric and thread into works of art.

National Quilt Day

quilting workshopSaturday, March 18, 2017; 10am-5pm

Quilt Day Schedule:
8:30am-1:30pm: Quilting Workshop – Register Here
10am-5pm: View the quilt show on display in the DaimlerChrysler Hall
10am-1:30pm: Family activities and quilting demonstrations by members of Southport Quilters Guild
2pm: Free Expression Quilts Presentation by Robbi Joy Eklow

“Free Expression Quilts”
National Quilt Day Presentation

Saturday, March 18, 2017; 2pm

Seating is limited. Free tickets will be available beginning at 10am on March 18.
Presented by Robbi Joy Eklow
Explore Ms. Eklow’s latest quilts and those from her book Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter. Her presentation includes real quilts as well as projected images. Sponsored by the Southport Quilters Guild

Read more about Robbi Joy Eklow

Robbi Joy Eklow has an engineering degree from Purdue University. In college she married her husband, Brian; they have two children. Ms. Eklow lectures and teaches internationally and has shown quilts and won ribbons in major quilt shows across the United States. She writes a bi-monthly column “Goddess of the Last Minute” for “Quilting Arts Magazine.” She has designed quilts and written articles for many quilting publications. She has written two books about quilting. “I enjoy working with fiber and use it as a way to introduce myself to people. I make art quilts from cotton fabrics that I dye myself, use bonded applique and free motion quilt extensively on the surface. I enjoy lecturing and teaching in order to share the techniques I’m using and to encourage others to find their voice through fiber.”


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.
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 V. Bianchi Artist Studio

Here’s the 2017 schedule.