Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

4.6
#3 of 109 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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  • This museum hasn't changed too much in the years but a great walk through with the family. Streets of Old Milwaukee is a favorite to enjoy and see all the immigrant houses when the city was first deve...  more »
  • IMAX theatre, traveling exhibits, butterfly garden, natural history through time and across the globe. lots to see and do. Like most museums such as this one, it can pay to buy a membership (participa...  more »
  • We LOVED the butterfly house and thought it was lots of fun to peek in the windows to check out the immigrant family homes. It fascinated a 16-year-old visiting the city.  more »
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  • I attended a wedding here. It was beautiful and classy. The museum allowed us to tour parts which led a fun atmosphere to event. Candy shop open to guests. Food was delicious, dance floor was open and large enough. I have been to museum numerous ous times in past and have always enjoyed it. Large, children friendly. Displays are kept up, and area is clean. Ample parking. Prices fair.
  • Very historic and beautiful! They have some of the best emersive exhibits that I have ever seen! The butterfly exhibit always makes kids happy while still learning! The old Milwaukee exhibit (2017 update) is wonderfully put together and maintained. The European village is such a great experience to have. Overall, I love it!
  • Great place to go with the kids We have a family pass, and my youngest loves it. We could go every weekend. They updated the streets of old Milwaukee with sounds and smells, music, things on roofs, it's all very well done. The dinosaur exhibits are refreshed too. Butterfly exhibit is a much needed live exhibit as well as the bugs.
  • I love this museum! It is one of my favorite ever, and I have been to a lot of them, in several countries. I love the local history (Old Milwaukee and state geology stuff), natural history (dinosaurs and dioramas), butterfly living garden (wear a bright shirt, they might land right on you as soon as you enter and stand still), and the planetarium and film theater too. It's a great variety of collections, has amazing temporary exhibits (like a history of weaponry): there is literally something to interest every member of the family. The food is too expensive, of course. Then again, they have a variety of choices, for a relatively small potential 'audience'.
  • I love the museum. I had wanted to go and see it decorated for Christmas so I planned a trip on the free day. (First Thursday of the month) I gave it a four star because the downtown area was not as decorated as I had thought it would have been. They also had some random Christmas tree hanging upside down in the square spinning. Really odd! But the trolley was awesome and a must see.. It shows how things were back in the day and how it has evolved to now. I also thought the old movie theater was cool. It even had old Christmas movies playing, SO COOL! We then checked out other part of the museum and have to say the butterfly exhibit is a must see as well.

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Where to stay in Milwaukee

Staying in the city center puts you right in the heart of the activity, and means you can take advantage of all the things to do in Milwaukee’s walkable downtown area. Options here include big chain hotels as well as quirky inns. Party animals should sacrifice some sleep to stay close to Milwaukee’s lively bar scene, centered around Water Street. Those who want a little more rest should consider a scenic resort in the greater Milwaukee area; many of these are within easy driving distance of the main attractions.
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