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Milwaukee Public Museum

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Address: 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478
Phone Number:
+1 414-278-2702
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Featuring more than 4.5 million objects and a variety of exciting exhibits,...

Featuring more than 4.5 million objects and a variety of exciting exhibits, this is considered one of the best natural history museums in the United States. Kohl's Thank You Thursday allows free admission to the museum the first Thursday of every month with extended hours (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.).

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Excellent "Family Field Trip"

So many wonderful exhibits and events. We have regular favorites like the Indian Pow Wow, stampede and Igloo to name a few. The dinosaur area is great for children and there are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
christineann726
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many wonderful exhibits and events. We have regular favorites like the Indian Pow Wow, stampede and Igloo to name a few. The dinosaur area is great for children and there are many opportunities for hands on learning at the MPM. We enjoy being members. The gift shop is nice as well.

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Red Deer, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We don't generally go to museums but were looking to pass some time so thought we would check it out. Definitely provided some historical information about the WI that we would not have otherwise known.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Milwaukee Public Museum has a very impressive Natural History exhibit that traces the beginnings of our planet, through prehistoric times, to present day. You can see dinosaurs, rainforest animals, geologic specimens, and everything in between. Walking around the butterfly garden and the streets of Old Milwaukee was pretty cool too. We walked around for 2+ hours and didn't see... More 

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Saint Francis, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the last couple years, the Milwaukee Public Museum has upgraded several of its exhibits. The Streets of Old Milwaukee is my son's favorite because of the candy shop that is still a part of the scene. The recent updates, including the street car with moving pictures, and the movie house playing a film about the exhibits, make the experience... More 

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Merrill, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awesome! The exhibits are so well done. My favorite was the butterfly room, hundreds of different butterflies and moths as well as an exhibit of the caterpillars,in various stages of metamorphosis. The museum has 3 floors, so don't dawdle like we did! Lol The Old Milwaukee Village and European Villages are great. The exhibits from different countries... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A favorite of our family. We enjoyed the redone Streets of Old Milwaukee and took in a great IMAX film.

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We are very proud of our "Streets of Old Milwaukee." We're also glad you enjoyed the Dome Theater film. Thank you for the review. More 

Upstate SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I both grew up near Milwaukee, attending this museum on school trips and family outings 30+ years ago. We've since moved across the country but enjoy returning with our children when visiting family in the area. The Streets of Old Milwaukee, Butterfly exhibit and Planetarium are not to be missed in my opinion. The Christmas decorations and... More 

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

The adjacent parking garage is owned by the city and as such they set their own pricing. Museum members pay $5 for parking in the garage. Museum memberships pay for themselves in just two visits. We also reciprocate with other ASTC museums worldwide. Thank you for the review. More 

Beloit, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My grandpa took me and my sisters to this museum all the time growing up so I have very fond memories of this place. They have done a great job of updating (love the new ancient civilization exhibit; for instance, the detail on the life-size King Tut chariot is absolutely amazing) while keeping the exhibits I remember and love. I... More 

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We love our past, but we are also excited for our future. We'll continue to maintain our current exhibits and introduce new permanent and temporary exhibits for the public to enjoy and build new fond memories. Thank you for the review. More 

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I took our grand daughters to visit the museum, we visited the butterfly exhibit, saw a movie about the universe, and toured the Old Milwaukee exhibition. I think everyone should visit the museum.

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

We also think everyone should visit the Museum. We're glad you and your granddaughters enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for the review. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

I went with my wife for the time. It was nice experience. We stayed for lunch and i was very disappointed. My wife got the corn dogs. I got the pizza and cheese curds. Everything was cold. The pizza tasted like a frozen pizza. For a Monday, the crowd was very low.

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Shawn S, Manager at Milwaukee Public Museum, responded to this review

Our cafeteria is run by Zilli Hospitality Group. Please find their response below. Thank you for the review. "Jereme - On behalf of all of us at Zilli Hospitality Group, we appreciate your comments and are disappointed that you were not satisfied with the food and experience at the Milwaukee Public Museum cafe. We take your feedback very seriously and... More 

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