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Museums offer something for everyone

From war to dinosaurs, the past reveals itself in Kenosha, Wis.

KENOSHA, Wis. – Stuff? There is plenty of it to see in Kenosha's museums; a little something for everybody.

Whether it is a rainy day or a perfectly sunny morning, time in a museum is rarely wasted. These sites live up to that statement.

The fighting may be over, but plenty remains to be learned. The Civil War Museum concentrates on the homefront and the link between those left behind and those taking up arms.

The museum uses interactive exhibits and life-size dioramas to draw visitors back to the 1860s. The Fiery Trial Exhibit, for example, delves into the stories of people in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The battles, the feelings, and the resources needed in the war all are part of the experience.

Arriving soon, the Campaigns of '63: Gettysburg and Vicksburg will be open at the museum from June 15 to March 30, 2014.

At Kenosha Public Museum, the arts and science meld into displays. Among the permanent ones is the Wisconsin Story.

Also found are coral reefs, glaciers, and the life of Native Americans in the state.

Two mammoths threaten to steal the show, though. The Schaefer's bones are on display. They were found in Paris, Wis. Their location is one of the oldest areas of human habitation in this hemisphere.

The second mammoth is the Hebior. This beast came from Kenosha Country, Wis. A life-size replica of it stands in the exhibit.

On the fine arts side, the museum's collection includes works by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Lorado Taft, and Ruth Miles.

The third museum in the city is the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. A new arrival here is the carnotaurus, "flesh eating bull." This dinosaur is 25 feet long, and was discovered in Argentina.

The main gallery is where visitors will find the link between meat-eating dinosaurs and birds. Further exploration will lead to the soundscape where terrain, weather, and outdoor sounds serve as a time machine to the time of dinosaurs.

Those who thirst for more knowledge of dinosaurs will have come to the right place. Their looks, behavior, and differences all are part of the package at Dinosaur Discovery Museum.

Whichever one of these three places is visited, the explorations will not be boring.

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