Kenosha, Wisconsin: Butchering a Mammoth

A life-size wax diorama shows prehistoric Americans yanking yummy organs and meat out of a dead mammoth.

Kenosha Public Museum

5500 1st Ave., Kenosha, WI
Kenosha Public Museum. On the lakefront (east edge of the city) on 1st Ave. just north of 56th St.
Su-M 12-5, T-Sa 9-5; off-season closed M (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, $5 suggested donation.
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Missing liver.

Butchering a Mammoth

While the mammoth diorama is still there, the girl seems to have at least temporarily lost the organ she was carrying from the mammoth carcass.

The museum has two art galleries upstairs, and an easily walkable exhibit on the first floor, good for small school groups interested in the early history of Wisconsin, from the prehistoric to the early settler years. Nice view of the lake.

[Thaoworra, 07/23/2017]

That organ was as big as a watermelon. It couldn't have gone very far.

My turn to play inside the mammoth!

Mammoth Dissection

Life-sized mammoth harvesting display. Yuck. Very nice museum (nice lake view) and free.

[Cory Lenger, 08/20/2012]

Farmer Frank Schaefer found the mammoth while digging a drainage ditch. According to the museum, it's "the oldest known mammoth believed to have been butchered by humans with tools east of the Mississippi River." The diorama depicts the butchering.

Nearby Offbeat Places

The Civil War MuseumThe Civil War Museum, Kenosha, WI - < 1 mi.
The Bowfin RuinThe Bowfin Ruin, Kenosha, WI - < 1 mi.
Kenosha's Electric StreetcarsKenosha's Electric Streetcars, Kenosha, WI - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Statue of the Mail Carriers, Milwaukee, WI - 32 mi.

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