Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee

4.6
#3 of 159 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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  • One of the great natural history museums in the US. "Streets of Old Milwaukee" is the oldest walk-through diorama in the US, and the recent renovation only improved the experience. (watch for "easter ...  more »
  • While trying to kill some time on a day off, I decided to visit this museum and boy ami glad i did. As soon as you get there you will notice a very friendly and helpful staff. The Museum is very clean...  more »
  • A tonne to see, do and experience here. You’ll need more than one visit to see it all, if can also be a case of over stimulation as there’s so much They are is great We went on free day and was busy b...  more »
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  • Love this museum! Was my first time. They have all kinds of things to do and see, including a butterfly garden! And the size is just right. Not as intimidating as other museums, which makes it easy to see everything in a single trip. Can't wait to go back!
  • The cost is $21 adult for basic and $30 adult to have a show, the butterfly garden and a special exhibit. Loved the Mayan exhibit, the planetarium, and the brief look at early cultural homes.i enjoyed the butterfly garden. It is small but the they are so beautiful! The rest was about the usual: dinosaurs, Earth, natural history, etc. If you have been to quite a few museums like i have, it was "meh". Something good to do though if you are in town. There is parking across the street that is 9.00 for all day. Not sure what the museum parking was.
  • Always a learning experience. Its a fun place from a cute date destination to family fun. There are lockers to put your items in..less than $1.00..no in and out. You pay when you open it. Tip...bring a lunch for family and sit in dining area to eat. The cafe can be pricey. There is a gift shop and candy store in Old Milwaukee area...check it out. The butterfly gardens is always a hit with my daughter. This is included with entry pay. There is knowledgeable staff that can give you history on items if you see one. There are restrooms and elevators. Parking on street can be tricky depending on when you visit or just use parking structure....they validate.
  • Didn't let us into the special exhibit until an hour and a half before they were closing (would have had 2.5 hours if they just let us in after paying). When we got in there were only like 6 people in there anyway... But the Maya exhibit was great, lots of interactive exhibits. Had to speed through and miss most of it though.
  • I love this museum. I specifically went to see the Weapons exhibit. Loved the addition of interns in the Weapons exhibit to questions and guide visitors within the exhibit. Pleased to see older exhibits being replaced or upgraded. During my visit the Streets of Old Milwaukee were decorated for Christmas. I was disappointed decorations were not historically appropriate. They had modern trimmings in garlands. Will return in February/March when the new Maya exhibit opens.
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