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“Not worth the cost of admission” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
414-278-2702
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Ranked #10 of 90 attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Featuring more than six million objects and a variety of exciting exhibits, this is considered one of the best natural history museums in the United States.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Davis, California
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“Not worth the cost of admission”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The butterfly garden is very nice. Especially the hatching station where you can see molting of several species in real time is fascinating. It's also too small to redeem the whole visit.
The rest of the collection is somewhat comprehensive between the depictions of wildlife and an array of artifacts from around the world. However, it has a very dated feel to it, nothing stands out in comparison to other comparable museums around the country, and we found the descriptions very poor. Most of the artifacts and organisms don't have any tags save a generic statement about the whole display. This was also a big flaw of the otherwise attractive looking exhibit The Streets of Old Milwaukee.

Visited December 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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“From Dinos to the 1890's to Rain Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

My grandchildren loved the museum because there was so much to see and do. Sara's favorite was the butterfly exhibit, she's 2. Tommy loved the dinosaurs even though they were a bit scary, he's 4. We'll be back to explore The Streets of Old Milwaukee when they are decked out for the holidays.

Visited August 2012
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Glenview, Illinois, United States
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“Nothing Special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I might be a little spoiled since being from Chicago I grew up going to the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, but this museum was very small and it seemed like most exhibits were just replicas, not original artifacts. It was also on the small side. I don't think we were there more than an hour.

We pay the extra money for the IMAX show, and it wasn't really for adults in my opinion, more for kids since it was very basic.

On the plus side, every body on staff was very friendly, and the museum was very clean and well kept.

Visited April 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Still Reliably Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

From the Streets of Old Milwaukee and the Europeans Village to dioramas of local environments and all around the world, young and old alike will find displays that fascinate.

Visited December 2012
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“Proud to have this museum in Milwaukee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I recently visited the Milwaukee Art Museum. I especially loved the festive lights on the prehistoric dinosaur bones and the holiday decor in the Streets of Old Milwaukee and the ethnic Village Houses. When I visited, I was reminded that we took French friends there years ago who loved the diaramas so much especially those of the Native Americans that they felt it was a better museum than any in Paris. Of course the Butterfly Garden is always fun and this most recent visit had more butterflies than I ever remember and the Tropical Rain Forest is impressive. The one movie about genes though was hard to hear and perhaps that "Biochem" lab could have doors that closed, so the viewing experience would be better.

I do have a couple of suggestions though -- have more late night events, do great dispalys to be viewed when going down the escalator and offer specials admission prices for people that volunteer.

Visited December 2012
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