Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

4.6
#3 of 219 in Museums in Wisconsin
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 it is always a nice place to spend a few hours, the underground parking is nice on inclement weather. There’s always a few tasty items in the café the staff is nice and the...  more »
  • We visited Milwaukee from Chicago for spring break. This museum was delightful. It's interactive, thoughtfully designed and a great way to spend a few hours. We traveled with a 10 and 15 year old who ...  more »
  • This place has it all , full of history and geography. We expect to be around it in 1-1.5hrs but it took us 4.5 hrs and we didn’t hang around . You could spend the whole day here easily and have lunch...  more »
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  • We figured since it was our first time in Milwaukee we had better visit the museum. It was pretty comparable to any other museum for the most part. The mammoth and dinosaur bones were neat. My very favorite part was the live butterfly habit. What a cool and unusual experience! We got some neat pictures, too. I'd be interested in coming back but bringing my kids next time, I think they'd really enjoy it.
  • Loved this place as a kid, love it now. Apparently if you go during the last half hour you don't have to pay admission which is super cool. Streets of Old Milwaukee has been updated since I had last been and the additions are actually really cool! Definitely still my favorite exhibit
  • This is one of my favourite places on earth. From the Streets of Old Milwaukee to butterflies forests, from the Africa to the arctic tundra, this museum is so amazing, informative, and captivating. I've had an annual membership for much of my life, as have my family members, and it's something I don't want to go without. The special exhibits never fail to impress, and the IMAX theatre always has a breathtaking show in the queue. Definitely worth a visit, and I also highly encourage membership. It's been a huge gift to me and my family!
  • Museums need more praise. This is where the physical collections of all human knowledge exist. We only see the parts that are easiest to display for the public, there is so much importance to the collections beyond the dioramas. I am immensely proud to have such a public institution here in Milwaukee, and you should be too!
  • My kids (13, 5 & 3) all loved this museum. It was absolutely worth the 1.5 hour trip for us. The 1st floor is so interactive, with many things to touch! They especially like the butterfly garden and dinosaur bones. I think it’s wonderful the planetarium shows are included in the price AND our local children’s museum membership made our visit free. Everything about this trip was great.
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