Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

4.6
#3 of 108 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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  • We arrived later in the day and were pleasantly surprised to find out there was a teacher discount. The planetarium was interesting and had a lot of good information about the solar system. We then wa...  more »
  • A funky, fun place to visit, very up to date and full of fascinating exhibits— part natural history museum, part butterfly conservatory, part history of old Milwaukee. A short walk from the downtown h...  more »
  • This is an amazing museum. It’s big and has plenty of things to do. You could spend the whole day here. Lots of unique exhibits. Fun for all ages.  more »
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  • This museum offers a little bit of everything. It has dinosaurs, the streets of old Milwaukee, live butterflies and mummys! They also have Milwaukee's famous Samson the gorilla. He spent his life in the zoo entertaining children for 30 years. Now, many more generations will enjoy learning about him. There is so much more at this museum than I am able to tell you. JUST GO VISIT! I know you won't be sorry. Oh, and if money is a little tight, no problem. Go there on the first Thursday of any month and get in FOR FREE!
  • This is an incredible museum! We came back three days in a row on our vacation because my kids (ages 6 and 7) could not get enough of the Streets of Milwaukee exhibit. We were fortunate to run into a Museum Docen on the third day and he gave away some great secrets and hidden gems! Look for the rat in the drain on the Streets of Milwaukee and ask about the rattle snakes that shake their rattles! The dioramas are superb! The butterfly house is also very fun for kids. The museum is a bit pricey for non-members, but completely worth the price. We discovered that our membership at a local museum in our home town made us "reciprocating" members and we entered as though we were members! I would highly recommend this museum to all!
  • The museum itself is nice and the exhibits are well done but $22 per adult is a ridiculous price for a "public museum". The Milwaukee Public Art Museum is half that price. The group of four I was with decided to not go yesterday after finding out the current cost. I know you can get $2 off if you are a Milwaukee resident, which I am, but if your driver's licence doesn't say so good luck. The pricing is setup to try and encourage a customer to buy into their membership plan. Next time I am just going to plan to go on the first Thursday of the month when it is free for the day. Also, the lobby area had a very noticeable garbage smell. Like being near a trash can on a hot Summerfest day. Probably just because they took out the cafeteria garbage. Who knows?
  • Always a great way to spend your morning or afternoon. If you have kids that like scavenger hunts, check into the membership desk. They have all kinds of different scavenger hunts that you can track in a little museum passport.
  • Been coming multiple times a year for 37 years and I still love it. So much to see! And always changing and improving. If you haven't been recently, you have to go and see all the updates to the streets of old Milwaukee area. Fantastic. *Check out the new special exhibition: Our Global Kitchen! All about the food we eat how it's grown now, throughout history, and what the future holds. A lot of interesting, easily consumed info, lots of fun facts to share with the kids. A kitchen and chef. Great exhibit! Always something new at the museum!

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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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