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Kenosha History Center, Southport Light Station Museum reopen

Kenosha History Center, Southport Light Station Museum reopen

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Southport Lighthouse and Light Station Museum

The historic Southport Lighthouse and Light Station Museum, 5117 Fourth Ave. on Simmons Island, is reopening. The Kenosha History Center also is set to reopen.

KENOSHA — The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum is now open to the general public.

While visiting the Kenosha History Center, 220 50st Place, and Southport Light Station Museum, 5117 Fourth Ave., wellness guidelines will be in place including the wearing of masks.

The museums will operate with a limited occupancy. If the museum is busy, visitors may be asked to wait for others to leave before touring. They will be asked to keep a respectful distance from other groups. Staff will be periodically cleaning touchable surfaces.

Kenosha History Center hours will include:

  • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Closed major holidays

Southport Light Station Museum and Tower hours will include:

  • Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.
  • Closed major holidays

The 1866 Lighthouse Tower is open for visitors 8 years old and older to climb. Its 72-step spiral staircase will take visitors to the lantern room for an unparalleled view of Kenosha, the surrounding area and on a crystal clear day the Chicago skyline. The cost to climb is $10 or $5 for children ages 8-11. Donations are accepted to visit the Keeper’s House Museum.

Walking tours

The Library Park Historic Walking Tours are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month through October.

Each tour begins at 11 a.m. at the Civil War Memorial/Winged Victory statue north of the Simmons Library. Led by volunteer historians, they typically last 90 minutes with a leisurely walk around the park discussing the architectural and historical significance of most buildings.

The Library Park Historic District is one of four historic districts designated in Kenosha. The district contains many individual examples of 19th century and early 20th century architecture.

Reservations cost $10; call the Kenosha History Center at 262-654-5770. Physical tickets will not be handed out; tour guides will have the names registered on a list. Tour guests are required to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from other people.

Classic car cruise-in nights

New this year, the Kenosha History Center parking lot will host a series of car cruise-nights where enthusiasts can meet and show off their classic automobiles.The free cruise-ins will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. June 25, July 30, Aug. 20 and Sept. 24.

The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum will be open until 7 p.m. each cruise-in night.

The Kenosha History Center does not charge admission; donations are accepted. For more information regarding events or upcoming exhibits, contact Chris Allen, executive director, call 262-654-5770, ext. 102.


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