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Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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. Our Milwaukee vacation route planner makes visiting Milwaukee Public Museum and other Milwaukee attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Well decorated Museum and Récré with its houses various types of life of the locals, for children with many activities.
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  • I really liked the Old Milwaukee section. Not being from the area I learned a lot about the history of the area and all the different cultures who converged on the area. The Crossroads of Civilization...  read more »
  • This is a fantastic market! It's amazing walking around seeing all the different vendors, and see what they offer. There is something there for everyone! Love this place! 
  • Great place to take kids for s wonderful learning experience. My 2 year old loves the butterfly exhibit. It's our rainy day destination.
  • When I was young, the Milwaukee Public Museum was given space in the back half of the Central Library. Much of what one finds is typical museum displays however, there are some exceptional exhibits that any visitor to Milwaukee should stop and see. The first is the “Streets of Old Milwaukee”. To enter one walks onto a replica of an old streetcar. As one ‘looks’ out the (digital) windows, you appear to be moving back into time. Exiting the cable car, you have entered the streets of Milwaukee circa 1900. This flows into the second unusual display - the European Village. Milwaukee is a city of immigrants and there are mini homes displayed according to the variety of ethnicities that arrived in the city. The third display that should not be missed is the ‘Butterfly Wing”. This a large greenhouse type room that houses hundreds of live butterflies. It is an experience that is replicated no where else. Finally, there is a replica of the 14,500 year old wooly mammoth skeleton. (It is a replica as the bones are too delicate for the display - the actual bones are at the museum but the ‘assembled’ skeleton is a replica. There is a large Imax Theater that always provides at least two different films. The museum holds 4.5 million artifacts though not all are on display (some are for research purposes only). It is not the largest museum but it is one of the better ones I have ever been to. There is a parking lot attached to the building however, being in downtown Milwaukee, it may not allow for parking close to the entrance. The museum is handicap accessible and interpreters are available but must be arranged in advance.
  • Wonderful museum. Have had membership for a while. Special exhibits are usually very good. The updated streets area is very nice. They kept most of the charm and put you into the scene a bit deeper. It is a good place for learning and to see other cultures and get a better understanding of the world around us.
  • A really cool museum to visit! Lots of interesting thing to look at!
  • This museum does NOT offer family friendly hours. Closing at 5 pm daily and only offering one late night per week - then closing at 4pm on the ONE late night offered is ridiculous! This is why we never patronize this museum.
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