Zion, Illinois: Russell Military Museum
- 43363 Old Hwy 41, Zion, IL
- I-94 exits 1 or 1A just south of the IL-WI state line. Drive west, then turn north along the frontage road to the museum, on the right side.
- Open seasonally T-Su 10-5. (Call to verify)
- Adults $10.00
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Back yard battle cast-offs, grown into a personal armored division, fill a museum and adjacent lot. A mashup of battle gear, more for the equipment geek than the military historian, which is fine by us. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Russell Military Museum
"Car crushing with army tanks" -- that's all we needed to hear.
The Russell Military Museum (formerly Kenosha) is holding a big fund-raiser on July 12th and 13th. One of the many highlights will be crushing a car with an M48 AVLB Tank! Other events include running a M4 Sherman Tank, and helicopter rides from WW Helicopters. The public is invited to climb inside a US Army tank and have their photos taken inside an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter.
There will be food and music. Call (847) 395-7020 for more details or visit www.russellmilitarymuseum.com.[Kyle Sonday, 07/10/2008]
Just wanted to update and tell you we are re-opened to the public as the Russell Military Museum.[Kyle Sonday, 05/21/2008]
The Kenosha Military Museum was closed down by town officials so that they could build office complexes. We moved down the street about 2 miles to Zion, Illinois and are still located right on the interstate. We hope to reopen in the next couple months (07/2007).
The new location has a 14,000 sq ft. building for indoor displays and outdoors is a 10-acre parcel that is black-topped, so no more trudging through mud and grass to look at the vehicles. We are currently working to to get the doors open to generate money for the museum, with the intentions of building full-scale dioramas for all the vehicles.[Kyle Sonday, 05/02/2007]
Read in local paper that the military museum is closed and moving to a new location in Illinois. The village of Pleasant Prairie deemed the area "blighted" and forced the owners to move. From what I understand, it will be located only a few miles down the road in Illinois and will be bigger and better.[Joe, 11/04/2006]