Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee Public Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Natural and human history museum in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MPM houses more than 4 million objects.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Firefanne
    Chicago, Illinois164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Museum downtown
    What a lovely museum. It's downtown, and you can walk there if you stay downtown. We got in free with our Museum of Science and Industry Membership. This was out last mesuem/zoo visit of our long weekend trip, and we were all tired. So we didn't spend tons of time in here. Yet our 5 year old kept finding more things he wanted to look at on his way out, which is a very good sign. They have a butterfly exhibit. That was my favorite part. So many beautiful butterflies inside. And you can see the different types of larva. The European Village and The Streets of Old Milwaukee are very cool. The have food for lunch, everything we ate was fine enough. Nothing special. You can also bring your own food.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • iowacityia
    1,845 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saturday, March 25th visit.
    My wife and I arrived around 11am. We walked to the museum from our nearby hotel. There was a substantial snowstorm that early morning, until after we left the museum in the afternoon. I believe that may have contributed to the low attendance during our visit. Great for us though. We got our tickets right away, and off we went. We covered everything that we wanted to see, including the butterfly exhibit. I forgot to grab a map on the way in, but I remembered as we started our visit, it seems like the museum was designed with a flow where even without a map, you will be guided around most of the exhibits in that area without missing anything. Or at least very little. We finished our museum visit with the 2pm Wisconsin Stargazing program in the Dome theater. That program is included with your museum entrance. It has been quite a few years since my last visit. It is still a wonderful museum, after many, many, visits over the decades.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Mike X
    Chicago, Illinois2,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow animals
    Wow, this is an excellent natural history museum that kids will absolutely love! Very well done exhibits showcasing animals from all climates. There was a live butterfly exhibit with tons of butterflies all around. Also a civilization exhibit with Egyptian, Sumerian and other near east exhibits. Great job Milwaukee!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
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Doug S
Escondido, CA179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I was in Milwaukee on a rainy Monday following a Packers game in late October. Needed something to do before heading to the airport.

Art museum was closed, so I decided to "take a chance" on this museum.

Exhibits were much more impressive than I thought. They spanned both time, from the ancient world, and geography for today's world.

The re-creation of Old Town Milwaukee was also quite enjoyable.

They also have some sky shows, which are included with ticket purchase. Though I think they're running a limited schedule during the pandemic.

There's a cafe on the entry floor, though I think it's also running on a reduced schedule.

Instead of filling up time, I had to cut my visit off after three hours to head to the airport.
Written December 4, 2021
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EngelkingCGMN
Cottage Grove, MN2,028 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The "Defying Gravity" show is tailored for an elementary school audience so I was disappointed. That being said, the theater itself is very nice, with comfortable seating.

The rest of the Museum was great, covering a wide variety of topics of natural and human history. We spent a longer time at this museum than most we have visited.
Written February 15, 2020
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writing_is_breathing
Rhinelander, WI58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We planned on visiting this museum for a couple of hours, but ended up spending close to four hours there and put on a couple of miles worth of steps!

We brought our two sons to see the dinosaur exhibit, which was awesome, but they really loved the whole museum! Our older son was fascinated by the mummies and all of the ancient artifacts from different parts of the world. Every corner and nook was used to display something of interest and we loved exploring and learning as a family. We didn't take advantage of any of the films available to watch in the theater but we viewed every exhibit and had a great time. We definitely plan on returning!
Written March 20, 2022
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cm
Mequon, WI16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
We come here at least once a year, and it’s always a treat for the whole family. The streets of milwaukee exhibit is always a great walk through (and it’s fun to hunt for all the Easter eggs hidden there), and changes seasonally. And they have some exhibits that were preserved from the time the museum was first established, in the 19th century, which is pretty cool! Other than that, the museum is highly diverse, with awesome anthropology and nature sections.
Written January 6, 2022
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My wife and I arrived around 11am. We walked to the museum from our nearby hotel. There was a substantial snowstorm that early morning, until after we left the museum in the afternoon. I believe that may have contributed to the low attendance during our visit. Great for us though. We got our tickets right away, and off we went. We covered everything that we wanted to see, including the butterfly exhibit. I forgot to grab a map on the way in, but I remembered as we started our visit, it seems like the museum was designed with a flow where even without a map, you will be guided around most of the exhibits in that area without missing anything. Or at least very little. We finished our museum visit with the 2pm Wisconsin Stargazing program in the Dome theater. That program is included with your museum entrance. It has been quite a few years since my last visit. It is still a wonderful museum, after many, many, visits over the decades.
Written March 26, 2023
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gabececi
Brookfield, WI34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The Milwaukee Public Museum has a diverse collection of kid friendly exhibits including a Streets of Old Milwaukee that captures the city of a century ago. There is an indoor live butterfly room where kids (and adults) can have butterflies sit on them. There are exhibits of various world wide cultures with life size people shown living in their natural communities. The kids will enjoy the dinosaurs which move and roar as the T-Rex menaces the others. There is an exhibit featuring the newly discovered mammoth from a nearby Wisconsin farm field. I find it best to plan repeat visits to spend more time visiting the various displays, as there is way too much good stuff to see in one visit.
Written May 14, 2022
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joiedevivre
Milwaukee, WI13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is a great museum. They have a "Streets of Old Milwaukee" exhibit, dinosaur models and fossils, a rainforest exhibit, and so much more. It is for the whole family. Allow plenty of time because there is a lot to see and something for everyone.
Written May 5, 2021
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Kathy H
Saint Louis, MO295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The museum is focused on natural history and anthropology. It's nothing like as vast as Chicago's Field Museum, but you could easily spend a full day here. The dioramas are first class and Streets of Old Milwaukee was really cool to walk through. We came here because our plans were cancelled and we were very impressed. The butterfly garden was so full of butterflies that no matter where you looked, you'd see a new interesting one. And they were in great shape and well cared for. Truly worth a visit.
Written October 29, 2022
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JayK42
Dublin, OH24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
The museum was very quiet on my visit which is good as you have plenty of time to see the exhibits. Unfortunately most of the museum is so dark that you can barely read or see the details. I understand that some exhibits should be dark, the rainforest etc, but the European streets was a little creepy as there were models of people inside the buildings that made you look twice to check if they were real or not. The whole museum is moving to a new light and airy location soon so it felt as if they were just waiting to move. I enjoyed the planetarium show as it explained the sky above Wisconsin. There was no refreshments as the cafe and coffee shop were both closed.
Written September 7, 2022
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Leigh W
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
MPM is absolutely fantastic. Allow an entire afternoon to get through it. I don't know where to begin...the whole museum is amazing and kind of a time travel experience. Quite a lot of the exhibits are very modern but there are some original gems there from the 60s and 70s that show their age in a charming way. From the Streets of Old Milwaukee, to the Ice Age to dinosaurs, to the rain forest, to Native America, to a trip around the world, to walking amongst the butterflies...it's all there! At some point, the museum will move into a newer and smaller building and some of these exhibits will be lost, so go see it all now while you can!
Written March 29, 2022
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