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Milwaukee Public Museum

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
800 W Wells St, Handicap accessable door and if there are scooters, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1478
+1 414-278-6143
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were visiting Milwaukee for a long weekend during a winter storm. We were able to walk over from our hotel and felt like we almost had the place to ourselves! Awesome exhibits and activities. Spent several hours here with a 10- and 13-year-old. We...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love coming here. Nearly once a week I bring my 1 and 2 year old here. There is so much for them to look at and things to learn too. We can bring our own lunch or order food from the cafe too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nicoleandnoah10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on New Years Day which was a fantastic day to visit. Once we figured out where to park and find the door, it was easy to find your way around. I needed more time to spend here! We didn’t even do a movie...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Monarch132
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying with family and looking for something to do in Milwaukee with an 8 year old. This place was fantastic! We allowed only a half day but we could have easily spent the whole day there. Too much to mention but we loved the live...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 68JM68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my grandson here this last summer. He was there with his parents and wanted to go back. I haven't been here for more years then I can remember when I took my 3 boys here. The place has a lot to see. There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank alfaraa28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place never ceases to amaze me. I have been here multiple times and the most recent visit was today for the 'Frogs!' exhibit. They do an excellent job with presenting new exhibits and keeping people coming back to explore. Experiencing the old streets of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to try different foods in a unique location. Busy with locals and out of town visitors. Now more wine bars to relax and enjoy the lively environment.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Britinus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited on a weekday in January with my two younger kids (5 & 7). My kids really enjoy museums and looking at exhibits so they loved this visit . The museum was not very crowded on this day which made it a little nicer...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ACETravelers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kids love this museum. The dinosaur when you turn the corner is scary (not too scary, fun scary) and the butterfly garden is wonderful.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mom2fun
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the butterfly room! The streets of old Milwaukee was great too. Love the old school dioramas of native Americans, wild life and dinosaurs. Keeps many ages entertained for hours.

Date of experience: December 2018
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October 13, 2018|
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Response from V9858VIbruces | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took a lot.
August 26, 2018|
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Response from Akira306 | Reviewed this property |
There are benches in the exhibit area where yo can take a break but I don't think you can have food. You will have to come down and have your food at cafe/lunch area.
May 25, 2018|
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Response from Richard M | Reviewed this property |
All the answers make sense to me, really. I could spend a couple hours, or a whole day, depending on other commitments. Plus, because I live in the area I can always go back!
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Maureen S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Milwaukee Public Museum (8 Replies)
Many years ago I visited Milwaukee for the only time, and my best memory is of visiting a wonderful museum with street scenes of cities around the world. One was the Streets of Old Milwaukee, and others were colorful scenes from India and I think Mexico and others. After some searching I have discovered that it was the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Streets of Old Milwaukee are still featured. Are the other street scenes still there as well? What cities or countries are represented? My...More
February 25, 2018|
Response fromMaureen S|
Thanks! I’m eager to visit this great museum again. Now that I think of it, the scene from India that I remember wasn’t a street scene that you walk through. I wonder if it is still there. Anyway there will be lots to see, and the new additions sound wonderful.
middle of the USA
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My husband and I can take a 7 day vacation to the Milwaukee area between July 19 and 31. First question, is there a time that would be better because of special events? I've read a little about the German Fest, is that a "must do"? Next, we will probably drive to Milwaukee because we also hope to get away from it! I figure there must be some pretty areas around the lake to go stay. Any suggestions? And in Milwaukee we have a list of things to do- Art museum, the Domes, a food tour, a...More
May 11, 2010|
Response fromprzyk|
I have still not found an online calendar of summer events, but I did save a page from the newspaper and found this. Besides German Fest the Waukesha County Fair is going July 21st - 25th. Waukesha is the county just west of Milwaukee. The fairgrounds are about 20 miles from downtown Milwaukee. Gallery Night is July 23rd and 24th. Art galleries, mostly downtown are open for special events. The Broadway play Wicked will be at the Marcus Center during the entire time of your planned...More
Winona, Minnesota
Milwaukee in the summer with kids... (9 Replies)
Planning ahead here, but next summer we plan to spend 3 days in Milwaukee with our kids who will be ages 10, 7 and 3. We will be hitting Little Americkka (sp?) park in Marshall on the way there, but that shouldn't interfere with our 3 days spent in and around Milwaukee. I have the Zoo, the children's museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum on our "must do" list. How about Discovery World? Bradford Beach? We tend to enjoy kid friendly museums (the art museum, eh... we'll probably check out the...More
August 13, 2013|
Response fromabsmry|
The children's museum will be great for the 3 year old but not so much for the 7 and 10 year olds. It caters to toddlers and young kids up to about age 5 & 6. I highly recommend Discovery World for all three kids. Also go inside the Art Museum, you can get inside and look around. The architecture is nice to see. You don't have to pay unless you are going further into see the art. Bradford Beach is one of our nicer beaches. The water in Lake Michigan tends to be pretty cold, especially...More