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Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

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Milwaukee Public Museum displays human and natural history through millions of artifacts. The museum's permanent exhibits spread over four floors and cover everything from tiniest animals to recreated natural habitats, villages and artwork from all over the world. The Wisconsin area is also well-represented with exhibits covering its geology and the natural world, as well as recreated streets of Old Milwaukee. The museum features a dome theater with 3-D projectors and digital surround system that regularly shows educational movies. You can take a tour of the skies in the museum's planetarium, the largest one in Wisconsin. Rental wheelchairs and strollers are available, as well as a family space for nursing mothers and visitors with small children. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Milwaukee holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Milwaukee Public Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The Milwaukee Public Museum has a diverse collection of kid friendly exhibits including a Streets of Old Milwaukee that captures the city of a century ago. There is an indoor live butterfly room... 
    The Milwaukee Public Museum has a diverse collection of kid friendly exhibits including a Streets of Old Milwaukee that captures the city of a century ago. There is an indoor live butterfly room...  more »
  • There's so much to learn and see in this museum! Old Milwaukee and the European Village are fun to explore. The butterfly garden is amazing. You can walk through and see the butterflies fly all... 
    There's so much to learn and see in this museum! Old Milwaukee and the European Village are fun to explore. The butterfly garden is amazing. You can walk through and see the butterflies fly all...  more »
  • This museum is fun for ages 1 to 100. There are so many diverse areas that there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are areas covering history, science, animals, and shows to see. The... 
    This museum is fun for ages 1 to 100. There are so many diverse areas that there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are areas covering history, science, animals, and shows to see. The...  more »
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  • Awesome! I have visited numerous museums in the US and around the world. This one stands out as one of the best collections and experiences I have ever had. You can spend an entire day at the museum and still not have seen everything they have to offer. One of the best exhibits is the butterfly sanctuary. Here you fully engage in nature and history. This is a must see for everyone! Please note that the museum will be be moving to a new facility in 2026, in order to house their collection of 4 million and growing.
  • 3 floors of exhibits with lots to see and do with a 2 year old. Great coffee in the lobby. As a lifelong Wisconsin resident I thought some of the exhibits may have been around when I was a kid. One of the plaques indicated the population of India was ~300 million.... 2/3 of the exhibits feel pretty modern but the top floor is definitely a bit stale. Our daughter doesn't care and the museum is a GREAT winter getaway.
  • It's been a very long time since I had so much fun at a museum. All of the exhibits are wonderfully detailed and interactive. You feel like you are truly entering into a new world every time you step into a different exhibit. There are three floors full of wonderful places to explore and the dome theater is an incredible experience.
  • Hasn’t changed since I was a kid but my kids absolutely love it. Would take days and days to get through it all, so many great resources to back up history lessons. The local library borrows out passes. Highly recommend!
  • Amazing amount of material here... so many exhibits covering a wide range of topics. The European village was unique and intriguing... lots of thought put into the look of each exhibit at this museum. There's not as much to read as at most museums, it's more of an experience to be immersed in.

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