Attractions in Downtown Kenosha

 Anderson Art CenterAnderson Arts Center
121 66th Street | (262) 653-0481 | Website

Historic French Tudor mansion featuring six local and regional art exhibits annually, children's art classes, jazz concerts on the lawn and gift shop of unique items. Part of the historic Kemper Center complex.

 

 Kenosha Civil War MuseumCivil War Museum
5400 First Avenue | (262) 653-4141 | Website

The Civil War Museum focuses on the contributions of the Upper Midwest – Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan – to the Civil War. These states played a vital role by providing troops and supplies to the cause, even though no battles were fought in this region. The exhibits concentrate on personal stories of people from all walks of life and circumstance. Men, women and children from various ethnic backgrounds experienced life during and after the war in different ways. It is through these unique stories that the museum visitor learns about the causes and effects of the Civil War and its impact on the region. The Veterans Memorial Gallery honors all U.S. veterans and soldiers from the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts. Nominal admission to the Fiery Trial Gallery; Friends members are free. Enjoy the gift shop and free programs for adults and families. Classes and workshops offered. Adult and school group tours welcome. Facility rentals available. Plenty of free parking.

 

Dinosaur Discovery MuseumDinosaur Discovery Museum
5608 Tenth Avenue | (262) 653-4450 | Website

Free admission. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum opened in 2006 in a renovated 1908 Beaux Arts historic landmark. Visit the only Museum to focus exclusively on the link between modern birds and meat-eating dinosaurs. See the largest collection of meat-eating theropods! Learn what these dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and how they behaved. See life-scale replicas of Tyrannosaurus rex, Gallimimus, Ceratosaurus, and much more. Discover the link between dinosaurs and modern day birds. Check out the Carthage Institute of Paleontology's paleontology lab and the gift shop. Free programs for adults and families offered. Adult and school group tours welcome.

 

 Kemper Center ChapelKemper Center
6501 3rd Avenue | (262) 657-6005 | Website

This unique complex, situated on the grounds of a 17.5-acre Kenosha County Park, overlooks Lake Michigan and features a conference center, with rooms for every need; a beautiful historic chapel; Durkee Mansion, a Civil War-era mansion; and Anderson Arts Center, a fine art gallery. Motorcoach tours are welcome by appointment.

 

 Kenosha HarborMarketKenosha HarborMarket
(262) 914-1252 | Website

This bustling European-style mixed market is held on Saturdays, March through December. Fresh organic vegetables, meats, ethnic products, cheeses, eggs, flowers, prepared foods, artisan bakery goods, art and craft, entertainment, chef demos, and more. Held outdoors from mid-May through mid -October along 2nd Avenue from 54th to 56th Streets. During winter months, the market moves indoors to the Rhode Center for the Arts at 514 56th Street.

 

 Kenosha's National Register Historic DistrictKenosha's National Register Historic District
(800) 654-7309 | Website

The Kenosha Area is a community rich with history and culture. Enjoy a walking or driving tour of our four National Register Historic Districts. Appreciate the beauty of historic homes, buildings and landmarks that have been preserved and treasured by our community for over a century. Each district has its own guide, including maps, property histories, photos and more. Visit the links below for individual district Guides.

Third Avenue District Tour Guide (PDF)
Civic Center District Tour Guide (PDF)
Library Park District Tour Guide (PDF)
Pearl Street District Tour Guide (PDF)

  • Link to mobile friendly app coming soon!
 

 Kenosha History CenterKenosha History Center
220 51st Place | (262) 654-5770 | Website

The Kenosha History Center is located along Kenosha's harbor and is home to the Kenosha County Historical Society. The Kenosha History Center showcases the history of Kenosha County, including its early settlement and industrial history, from settlement to the year 1900. Its campus is comprised of the History Center building featuring three exhibit galleries, archives and gift shop, and the Southport Light Station Museum featuring maritime galleries and historic 1866 lighthouse. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

 

 Kenosha Public MuseumKenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue | (262) 653-4140 | Website

The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural science and fine arts museum boasting over 80,000 items in its collections, including almost 1,000 works in the fine arts collection alone. Exhibits feature world cultures, zoology, geology, fossils and fine and decorative arts. See the woolly mammoths excavated in Kenosha County, stroll through the Four Season Native American Village, and enjoy world class art. Children can explore the arts and sciences in the Field Station, a popular hands-on activity area. Enjoy the gift shop, changing exhibits and free family programs and events. Classes, workshops, and bus trips offered year-round. Adult and school group tours welcome. Free admission.

 

Kenosha Sculpture WalkKenosha Sculpture Walk
Ring Road | (262) 653-4080 | Website

The Kenosha Sculpture Walk runs along Kenosha’s Lake Michigan harbor and features over a dozen inspiring works of art for all to enjoy. The Arts Fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation organizes the installation of new sculptures ever two years.


 

Rhode Center for the ArtsRhode Center for the Arts
514 56th Street | 657-7529 | Website

The Rhode Center for the Arts presents live entertainment in a beautiful historic theater. Lakeside Players, Inc. produces comedies, dramas, musicals and children's plays. The facility also hosts concerts and other special events throughout the year. Rhode is also home to the Pollard Gallery, exhibiting portraits by international portrait artist George Pollard, children's works by renowned illustrator Nan Pollard, as well as the works of guest artists.

 

 Southport LighthouseSouthport Light Station Museum
5114 4th Avenue | (262) 654-5770 | Website

After years of extensive remodeling and renovation, the 1867 Light Station Keeper's Cottage is now open as a maritime museum featuring artifacts, maps and information about Kenosha's important 19th century harbor. The first floor of the building has been restored to a 1907-08 time period, complete with historic paint colors and a period kitchen. Exhibits document Kenosha's harbor history, with information on its lighthouse keepers, shipping and commercial fishing history. The Southport Lighthouse, built in 1866, is the third lighthouse tower to have existed. During museum hours, visitors can climb the 72 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Lake Michigan shoreline. The tower stands 55 feet above the lighthouse grounds. A seasonal attraction located along Kenosha's Lake Michigan harbor. A seasonal attraction (May-October) located along Kenosha's Lake Michigan harbor.