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Betty Brinn Children's Museum

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Address: 929 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: +1 414-390-5437
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Milwaukee's only place for hands-on play and interactive learning, just for...

Milwaukee's only place for hands-on play and interactive learning, just for kids 10 and younger and their grown-ups! The Betty Brinn Children's Museum is dedicated to providing interactive exhibits and educational resources that promote the healthy development of children in their formative years. Exhibits include a kid-sized town; an area exploring the visual, language and performing arts; a life-sized board game that teaches kids about being healthy and taking care of our bodies; an inviting play just for children age 4 and younger; and a special exhibits gallery that features exhibits such as The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head, Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home and much more! The Museum also features two outdoor exhibits in the summer.

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A great place but too crowded

They need to find a way to expand or accommodate crowds. Ticket desk admitted they lost control of the line. Two lines formed and it was to be just one. Some that came later got... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Green Bay
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They need to find a way to expand or accommodate crowds. Ticket desk admitted they lost control of the line. Two lines formed and it was to be just one. Some that came later got in before others that had been waiting. Those with a pass look longer than those that paid. Displays were one of the best I have... More 

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Thank Go_GreenBay
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 2.5 year old son here and had a blast. He loved every bit and cried when we had to leave. I would like to state that the best age range is probably 2-4 years old for most of the activities, I'm not sure my 7 and 8 year old daughters would find a lot to play with.... More 

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Thank Jennifer M
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We took our 18 month old there for the first time to play. They have a wide variety of things to do and learning toys. The price of admission is good. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because it was obvious some of the toys hadn't been clean in a long time and also they need more... More 

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Thank Misty R
West Union, Iowa, United States
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

wasnt sure what to expect from this place after reading the not so great reviews. Those people need to be smacked in the head. It's a great place! There is so much to do and such a wide variety of activities that kids can stay entertained for hours. We went the morning of a blizzard and ended up deciding to... More 

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Thank Amber K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Okay for little ones; once your kids are over 5 years old, they will be done with it in 30 minutes. Exhibits were well worn and weren't as interesting to my kids as other children's museums we've visited over the year. Not worth the money if you can help it. But might be one of those things you have to... More 

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Thank xtjs
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I took our 2 year old daughter. She had an absolute blast being able to touch so many toys and exhibits. Make sure to eat a meal before you go as there are only minimal snacks and beverages available. Also if you sign up on the Betty Brinn website before you go, they will email you a... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum was a great hit with my 1 and 4 year olds. Plenty of hand's on experiences to enjoy. Only one restaurant downstairs. Would have liked more choices. Parking garage very confusing once outside on the main street.

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Thank Becky V
Michele D, Public Relations Manager at Betty Brinn Children's Museum, responded to this review

Hi Becky! Thanks so much for your kind review. We're sorry you found the parking garage a bit confusing. The O'Donnell Park garage is actually connected to the Museum, so just look for the signs that point you in the direction of the Museum, and an elevator will take you right to the first floor of our building. Thank you... More 

St. Louis
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This was a great place - my grandchild is 1 year old and this hands on museum really embraces small children. He was able to do so much at such a young age. We ate at the museum as well - they have picnic tables for little people and grilled cheese sandwiches. He had such a great time and so... More 

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Thank beachbabe1002
Michele D, Public Relations Manager at Betty Brinn Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We're so glad you and your grandson had a good time! Sincerely, Michele, Communications Manager, Betty Brinn Children's Museum More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a great place to take children. The exhibits and displays are amazing with tons of hands on activities. Plan on spending at least half a day to get through it. If you live in the area, I think you could go several times a year and enjoy something different each time.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My kids love this museum, a great place for a rainy afternoon to let the kids explore and run off some energy. Exhibits are constantly changing but the favorite is always the the little grocery store! (Bring socks for a tunnel/slide area)

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