If you’re in the Chicago/Milwaukee area and are looking for some free fun museums, here are some ideas for you:
The accredited Dinosaur Discovery Museum opened 2006 featuring the largest collection of meat-eating theropods on exhibit! Learn what dinosaurs looked like, ate and how they behaved. See life-scale replicas, discover the link between modern-day birds. Visit Carthage Institute of Paleontology’s on-site lab and newly discovered juvenile tyrannosaurus! Gift shop. Hop Kenosha’s electric streetcar and visit the main museum campus on Lake Michigan’s shore. FREE admission open year around! The new museum is a dino-mite success with over 40,000 visitors annually. 5608 Tenth Avenue Kenosha WI Zip: 53140 262-653-4450 Minutes from the Illinois Wisconsin border and Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois in a renovated 1908 Beaux Arts historic landmark located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kenosha Wisconsin.
The accredited Civil War Museum opened in 2008 on Kenosha Wisconsin’s scenic lakefront campus. 57,000 Sq Ft covers American Civil War history like no other, offering the enthusiast a chance to learn about the contributions of the Upper Middle West – Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. Already acclaimed for their 15,000 sq Ft permanent exhibit featuring life-scale, interactive exhibits, and audio and video technology. This gallery tells the stories of those whose were changed by the Civil War. Impressive! See significant Civil War artifacts important to the regional and how those people shaped the course of American history. Check online for videos and a calendar of new events, reenactments, lecture series and United States Armed Forces Music Concerts. The Museum includes a veterans memorial gallery, resource center, archives and gift shop and Kenosha’s electric streetcar. General Admission: Adults $7 Kenosha/Somers Adults $5, Members and Children 15 and Under Free 5400 First Avenue Kenosha, WI 262-653-4141262-653-4431 FAX
The Kenosha Public Museum, accredited natural science and fine arts museum located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kenosha Wisconsin. Free General Admission every day, Permanent Exhibits: World class art by Chagall, Picasso and Dali. The Wisconsin Story, Kenosha County Woolly mammoth, Native American Village, Children’s hands-on Field Station. Changing exhibits and free family programs and events. Gift shop. Corporate events venue, weddings, birthday parties and group tours. The 2001 facility shares a Lake Michigan shoreline campus with The Civil War Museum and a working electric streetcar! Short walk to the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. 135,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. ADDRESS: 5500 First Avenue P: 262-653-4140 Minutes from Illinois Wisconsin border / Six Flags Great America.